Bridge Columbia Releases White Paper

Bridge Columbia has prepared a White Paper summarizing the reasons Columbia needs a better downtown bridge. Broad in scope, the White Paper outlines the long-term benefits of the bridge, how it is consistent with current trends in urban design, the many individuals and groups that support the bridge, along with possible sources of funding. Click here to read the full document.


Concept illustration of a bike, bus, and pedestrian bridge that unites east and west Columbia.

Bus Rapid Transit in Runcorn, UK: What Columbia Can Learn

Friends of Bridge Columbia founding member Fred Gottemoeller recently travelled to the United Kingdom where he completed a transit study of the town of Runcorn, which, like Columbia, is a planned community begun in the 1960s, also with a Town Center Mall.  In particular, Mr. Gottemoeller examines the dedicated bus roadways and other transit features that many MD transit planners would like to see implemented in Maryland. Click here to read more.   Or click here to download the PDF.

This would really enhance green transportation in Columbia and be a wonderful amenity.
Bill Gray, Oakland Mills Village Board

3 thoughts on “Bridge Columbia Releases White Paper

  1. The presentation by the county’s consultants at the Oakland Mills Village Board’s August 12 meeting was an eye-opener. So many possibilities!

    The “iconic” bridge suggestions are expensive so a lot depends on whether Oakland Mills can pull off its reinvention and entice developers to replace the low-rent apartments near the bridge with upscale dwellings.

  2. I live have lived in Oakland Mills Village for over two years. I do not feel safe walking or biking on the existing bridge. It is too isolated and run down. The new plan sound great. I would use the bridge to go to the mall area, instead of driving.

  3. My wife and I are both in our 70’s and have lived in Allview Estates since I returned from Vietnam in 1970. I am disabled and don’t walk anymore. I find that the layout of thoroughfares in Columbia are not very accessible to the mobility impaired. You just “can’t get there from here.” For access to shopping, doctors, etc. we must drive using a Handicap equipped van. Although it may be attractive to some of the more active, I don’t see that this new bridge will be of much of use to us.

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