Sitting in traffic at Conn. Ave and East West Highway (next to the Columbia Country Club) this morning, I wondered how many people on my bus know there could be an alternative. I wondered if they knew that the very establishment we were sitting in front of was stealing a faster commute from them.
According to this week’s Gazette, that may not be the case. Despite continuing efforts to educate the public about the Purple Line and a continuing stream of articles about its possible effects to Silver Spring neighborhoods, many people don’t even know it exists.
Other commuters, like David Keyes of Takoma Park, were uncertain whether or not the Bi-County Transitway was the same as the Intercounty Connector, the highway project which will link Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
‘‘I don’t really know much about it. Is it like the ICC?” Keyes said.
Surprising, huh? The ICC’s pretty famous, but unless you live in Chevy Chase or East Silver Spring, the Purple Line is all but invisible.
The few commuters who were aware of the Bi-County Transitway spoke of it as a positive addition for the commuting community.
‘‘I think that it will be very good,” Takoma Park resident Pedro Bela said.
Seems like the State could stand to put up a few more Spanish-language signs in Langley Park. It’s not a racist comment: these are the people that matter, and they deserve more than another bus to take them to Bethesda in the morning.