Maryland

Known nationally as an innovator in smart growth and environmental protection, Maryland has many opportunities for improved transportation, land use and equitable development policies.

In Maryland, the Coalition for Smarter Growth focuses on Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. We advocate for transit-oriented neighborhoods where people can walk, bicycle and take transit between home, work and play, the new transit investments to support these communities, and affordable housing linked to transit.

Latest Happenings


CSG in the News: Montgomery County Council bill would loosen parking requirements for new housing developments

CSG in the News: Montgomery County Council bill would loosen parking requirements for new housing developments

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“Removing mandatory parking minimums in locations with great access to transit is a common-sense fix,” said Carrie Kisicki, Montgomery Advocacy Manager for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. “It complements our county’s investments in more frequent transit, protected bike lanes and bike sharing, and safer walking throughout the county.”

CSG in the News: Montgomery County leaders want to change parking rules, reduce driving

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“Parking can be a shockingly large expense, and that expense gets passed on to residents in higher rents,” said Carrie Kisicki, the Montgomery advocacy manager for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, an advocacy group that pushes for affordable housing, better public transit and safe streets in the greater Washington region.

CSG comments: Capitol Heights Metro station changes for redevelopment

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To transform this station, we support the redevelopment of the 372-space Park & Ride surface parking lot, relocation and reduction of Kiss & Ride spots, and relocation of the bus facilities. We support the urban street layout for bus bays, which necessitates a right in/right out driveway access on East Capitol Street.

TAKE ACTION: Help Capitol Heights Metro station attract quality, transit-oriented development!

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With your help, we can help Capitol Heights Metro station turn into a safer, more walkable, vibrant mix of housing and businesses with great places to catch the bus and Metro. 

CSG comments on Ride On Reimagined

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A majority of riders also specifically identified more frequent service as a higher priority for them than shorter distances to bus stops: "When given the choice, most prefer shorter waits between buses more than they want shorter walks to the bus stop." For this reason and according to Ride On Reimagined's own survey data we believe that frequent bus service should be a higher priority than on-demand (Flex) service. Plans for future bus service should reflect the fact that a majority of riders have identified frequency as their top priority.