The open houses for the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) have begun in Montgomery County last week. Which means that slowly but surely BRT will be coming to our county—and it could not come faster in my opinion. BRT will help connect businesses, provide transportation options, and expand where organizations can recruit to further their growth.
How does Montgomery County remain competitive with markets like Boston? Sure, we are able to compete when it comes to an educated workforce, access to universities and colleges, and actual space for businesses to operate. We have the distinct advantage of direct access to the federal government and agencies. If you line up the pros and cons of both markets—the winning piece would be who can solve the transportation equation the smartest and the fastest.
In the recent weeks, the mayor of Boston released his transportation plan titled Go Boston 2030 which is intended to improve transportation within the city and address a multitude of existing transportation challenges. Read the article here.
So here is the deal—it is time Montgomery County moves quickly and efficiently in solving our transportation challenges. Ease of navigating the county roads, the ability for employees to access their workplace economically and efficiently is one of the biggest recruiting challenges for major corporations. If we do not begin to move forward with the BRT and other transportation options, we will continue to lose out to other major markets—especially frustrating to me and many others because this region is ripe for explosive growth.