Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Robin Ficker's Action Committee for Transit Questionnaire

Robin Ficker is running as a Republican in the District 4 special election.

Action Committee for Transit Questionnaire for Candidates for County Council, District 4

1) How do we transform the auto-oriented suburbs of District 4 into liveable and walkable communities?

Build Purple line and Corridor Cities Transitway and more bikepaths.

2) Do you support building the light rail Inner Purple Line from Bethesda to New
Carrollton, as recommended by County Executive Leggett and the County Council?

I support purple line.

3) All bridges over US 29 have been designed so that light rail could run in the median of the highway. There are several possible routes for a connection from White Oak to the Red Line or Purple Line. Would you support detailed study of running a light rail line that connects White Oak to the Metro system and then runs in the median of US 29 to Burtonsville, as a future project after the Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway?


4) What should the county do to increase transit ridership?

Build it and they will come.

5) County master plans have stated a policy of focusing development around mass transit stations. Much development has occurred that has poor transit access, yet the county’s planning also deserves much of the credit for the emergence of Bethesda and the revival of Silver Spring as centers of activity.

A) What smart growth projects near Metro stations do you support even though they have had opposition?

I have an open mind on this subject.

B) Do you support a requirement that development described as “transit-oriented,” such as the proposed Germantown and Gaithersburg West master plans, may only be constructed after rail transit access is built?


5) Do you believe that the decision by Governors Ehrlich and O’Malley to build the
Intercounty Connector was wise or unwise?


Name of Candidate
Signature Robin Ficker
Date 3/11/09

Please return by March 24, 2009, to Action Committee for Transit, P. O. Box 7074, Silver Spring, MD 20907.