Maryland Matters: On Transit Equity Day, experts call for Bus Rapid Transit, electric vehicles in D.C. Suburbs
Public transportation in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties is unreliable and unsafe, community members and transit experts asserted in a panel discussion on Transit Equity Day, Maryland Matters reported.
Sacoby Wilson, associate professor of Applied Environmental, spoke on the panel, explaining the effects of transit inequity: those overburdened by traffic pollution are more susceptible to asthma, asthma attacks, stroke, and cancer.
For the past two years, Wilson has been building a program to engage impacted communities in the region on environmental health disparities.
“We must transition to electrification,” Wilson said at the event.
Both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County received grants last year to expand clean energy, electric buses, Maryland Matters wrote.
According to Maryland Matters, Wilson also explained that in order to have more walkable, livable communities, policymakers not only need to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, but also need to bring schools, infrastructure and jobs back to neighborhoods.
“Then you won’t need that type of transit to take you out,” Wilson said in the article.
Other panelists described the need for better sidewalks and crosswalks, and Bus Rapid Transit, an affordable bus-based system that designates specific lanes to BRT.
Elected officials from the two counties attended the panel discussion, including Prince George’s County Councilmembers Deni Taveras (D) and Dannielle M. Glaros (D), and Montgomery County Councilmember Gabriel Albornoz.