THE CORRIDOR CITIES TRANSITWAY
In the 1980s, Montgomery County brought in Johns Hopkins University to convince Elizabeth Banks that
the University would build an academic campus on Belward Farm. Ms. Banks, based on Hopkins'
promises, sold Belward Farm for 1/10 of its value to the University in order to have a Johns Hopkins
academic campus on her property which had been in her family for over 100 years.
Soon after Ms. Banks' passing, Montgomery County, at the request of Johns Hopkins, rezoned Belward
Farm for 4.6 million sq ft of commercial office space for approximately 15,000 people.
According to the Great Seneca Science Corridor master plan, the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) must be
built in order for Hopkins to realize its full development capacity. The route for the CCT is long and
convoluted and the public has been less than enthusiastic about it.
The CCT is little more than a billion-dollar boondoggle which will serve as a marketing tool for Johns
Hopkins to entice companies to lease space on Belward Farm, which will always be adjacent to four
established suburban neighborhoods and will always be 5 miles from the nearest Metro station. Hopkins
is a well-funded organization that can well-afford to build its own shuttle rather than depending on the
residents of Montgomery County to foot the bill.
The good news, so far, is that it seems no one is interested in building on Belward Farm. Maybe
companies have looked at it, admired it and decided it is a good idea to leave it the way it is…a beautiful,
serene historic Civil War-era farm which will always be inaccessible to Metro even if the Toonerville
Trolley runs through it.
Testimony on the Independent Transit Authority/Corridor Cities Transitway, Sept. 30, 2015
Letter to Governor Larry Hogan, April 20, 2014
Comparison travel times for the CCT, the Ride On and driving
Overlay of the CCT alignment with current Ride On buses
Alternative alignment options. Option 4 alignment would save much of the character of the farm as well
as two neighborhoods and would spare all those who travel on Muddy Branch Avenue from a total traffic
After scathing criticism at the Montgomery County Delegation hearing, Ike Leggett withdraws the
enabling legislation for the Independent Transit Authority:
Leggett withdraws proposal for independent Montgomery transit authority, Jan 31, 2015
Montgomery County Civic Federation position on Independent Transit Authority, Jan. 29, 2015
Update to residents regarding the Independent Transit Authority proposed by Ike Leggett, Jan 27, 2015
Update email to residents about the CCT Advisory Committee debacle, Sept. 17, 2014
Notes on response from Rick Kiegel regarding the final route for the Corridor Cities Transitway, June 13,
Governor O’Malley has announced the locally preferred alternative and route for the Corridor Cities
Transitway (CCT). Click here for the announcement.
Study casts doubt on bus rapid transit for Montgomery County, Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2013
The Study referenced in the above article.
Design work on local transit projects would stop without new tax, state says, Washington Post, Feb. 6,