About the author

These are only my personal views, and not those of any organization.

This blog is my personal project. I have not received financial support from any source for any of my silverspringtrails.org activities.

The author
Wayne Phyillaier

I have lived in Montgomery County for most of my life and have owned a home in Woodside, North Silver Spring, for the last 24 years. I have a Masters Degree in Engineering from George Washington University, and am retired from the (former) David Taylor Research Center at Cabin John after a 28 year career there as a Research Structural Engineer.

I commuted to work by bike for most of my career, and continue to have a strong interest in purposeful and recreational cycling. Bicycling has long been important to me as an alternative to being stuck in traffic. As the traffic congestion continues to get worse in my community, I also see an increasing need for better public transit – especially transit that is compatible with cycling for mixed-mode trips.

I have been on the Board of the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (CCCT) since 1998 and was the Chair for three years. I continue to serve on the Board as Treasurer and volunteer webmaster. I have long been a member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). In 2007 I became a Board Member and Treasurer of Purple Line Now (PLN) and also am a member of Action Committee for Transit (ACT). I am currently serving as the PLN representative to the Montgomery County Transit Task Force.

I do not expect everyone to share my perspective on trail and transit issues – especially regarding the Purple Line. I believe that the best and highest use of the Georgetown Branch Corridor can be achieved by its shared use for both light-rail transit and a rebuilt Capital Crescent Trail. Shared use will require that both transit and trail make some concessions. But even with these concessions, the benefit to the community from having both will far outweigh the benefit either can provide alone.

Please feel free to send an email if you have questions or comments.

Wayne Phyillaier

Last updated 10/1/2011

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