Updated July 17
On July 4, the "Bridge Columbia" pathway bridge enabled many in-the-know folks to get to and from the fireworks at Lake Kittamaqundi by parking in Oakland Mills and walking across the well lighted bridge across US29. They were thus able to avoid the usual traffic snarl-ups before and after this event.
This pathway follows part of an existing Right of Way designed by Columbia's founding fathers to provide an attractive car-free route across town which would also accommodate transit. The grass roots "Friends of Bridge Columbia" look forward to working with Columbia Association's recently formed Climate Change and Sustainability Committee.
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Friends of Bridge Columbia (FOBC) advocates for creating a Columbia Transitway using the existing transit rights-of-way linking Howard County General Hospital and the Community College with villages on both sides of US29 with an extension to Gateway using bus-priority lanes on existing roadways. Although pleased with recent improvements to the existing pathway bridge across US29, we continue to promote implementation of the Columbia Transitway to reduce environmental damage, traffic congestion and quality of life issues caused by increasing automobile traffic.
This proposed transit corridor should take advantage of rights-of-way planned by Columbia's developers a half century ago for such a transit system to provide an attractive and easily accessible, car-free and environmentally sustainable alternative to connect Columbia residents with core destinations including places of employment and facilities for education, entertainment, recreation, shopping, and health services.
This is a drawing (circa 2014) of a portion of the route of the original transit right-of-way, which was 17 miles long and 50 feet wide.
These quotes and the map below can be found in the 2018 Central MD Transit Development Plan
"As the Downtown Columbia plan is implemented and Gateway redevelopment occurs, the conceptual transitway would serve the existing areas of residential and employment density, key origins and destinations, and several of the Village Centers. It is the corridor entirely within the county most likely to support high-frequency transit... This proposed new east-west route would connect with the future Downtown Columbia circulator shuttle at the new Downtown Columbia Transit Center. It would also connect with the future BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) on US 29. Figure 7-3 presents a map of these proposed high frequency transit services ... If operated at planned Montgomery County frequencies, it would operate at 7.5 minute headways in the peak, and 15 minute headways off-peak. An east-west transit service operating at similar headways could effectively extend the impact of the BRT to much of Columbia, particularly the major activity centers."