GERMANTOWN — Around 200 people came to the Germantown campus of Montgomery College Saturday to learn about different eras of the history of Montgomery County. The 12th Montgomery History Conference, an annual event hosted by the Montgomery County Historical Society, featured presentations and discussions on a variety of topics related to the county’s history.
The conference began with a general session entitled “The Envisioning of Metro: An Enduring Design with Transformational Impacts.” Charlie Scott, Government Relations Officer for the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA), discussed the public transit system’s formative years.
In the mid-1960s, the National Capital Transit Agency, the forerunner of WMATA, first advanced the initial proposal for a 25-mile, 25-station subway line. Architect Harry Weese was commissioned to design the system and toured European cities to research public transit. He took the name “Metro” from the famed Paris Metro subway.