MD: FACT to Discuss Monrovia Letter

June 09--In case you missed it, a letter credited to the Frederick Area Committee for Transportation caused a stir when Commissioners President Blaine Young presented it as evidence that the group supported the controversial Monrovia Town Center development.

FACT will meet today to discuss the letter, which appeared on its letterhead. The committee is expected to review its letter-writing process at 7:30 a.m. at Winchester Hall.

The letter was written by only two members of the transportation advocacy group, secretary Michael Proffitt and Michael Smariga, head of the local roads committee.

Some opponents of the development raised concerns that the letter was being used to unfairly sway county commissioners to support the project.

One group against the Monorovia development, Residents Against Landsdale Expansion, has called for the state prosecutor to investigate.

Students ride cheap

TransIT Services is offering students Summer Freedom Passes again this year.

Young people ages 13 to 18 years old can purchase a pass for $10 and ride all TransIT Connector and shuttle routes through Aug. 31.

"It's a really good opportunity for them to get access to jobs or summer school programs, the movies, the pool and much more," TransIT spokeswoman Adrienne Moretz said.

After July 1, the passes will cost $15.

Students can purchase the passes at various high schools, the TransIT offices at 1040 Rock Springs Road, the Frederick County Treasurer's Office at 30 N. Market St. or the Department of Aging at 1440 Taney Ave.

Students can also purchase the pass by mail by sending a request form along with a copy of a photo ID to TransIT Services of Frederick County 1040 Rocky Springs Road, Frederick, MD 21702. Make the check payable to the Frederick County Treasurer.

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