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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNTYWIDE TRANSIT CORRIDORS FUNCTIONAL MASTER PLAN 10/24/13Prepared by Charles LattucaMontgomery County Department of Transportation


Elements of a BRT System Dedicated Lanes or BuswaysOff Board Fare CollectionSpecialized VehiclesGreater Distance Between StopsIntegration With Other Public Transport

Elements of a BRT System Platform BoardingTransit Signal PriorityReal Time Traveler Information SystemsBranding and Marketing

BRT Branding Examples

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Montgomery CountyNot a New IdeaActivityDateGeorgia Avenue Busway Study1999I-270/US 15 Multi-Modal Corridor Study Draft Environmental Impact Statement2002Veirs Mill Road BRT Study Final Report2003Phase 1 Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit Facility Planning Report2005Countywide BRT Study2011County Executive Transit Task Force Report2012Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan2013

Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan for Bus Rapid Transit Supports economic development and mobility goals.Identifies 10 BRT corridors throughout the County.The BRT network is 80.6 miles in size and includes a variety of BRT treatments.Does not change current planned land use or zoning.The Planners attempted to provide the maximum transportation benefit within existing master plan rights-of-ways.

This Plan is anticipated to be reviewed by the County Council at the same time as the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan. Land use decisions made as part of the approval of WOSG may require an upgrade in treatment on portions of the following corridors: US29, New Hampshire Avenue, and Randolph Road.


Other Recommendations in the Planning Board DraftSuccess must be measured by person throughput not by vehicle throughput.The Plan is flexible and acknowledges that detailed concept studies will ultimately determine treatments, station locations and links to other transit services.Improvement of existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities near all BRT stations.Enhanced MARC commuter train services.

Recommended CorridorsCorridorCorridor Size (directional miles)# of StationsGeorgia Ave North9.513Georgia Ave. South3.78MD 355 North 14.120MD 355 South9.314New Hampshire Avenue 8.512North Bethesda Transitway2.77Randolph Road 10.111University Boulevard 5.59US 29 11.0 11Veirs Mill Road 6.211Total80.6116


Recommended Transit Corridor Map & Transit Treatments


Treatments by CategoryTreatmentDirectional Miles% of BRT NetworkTwo Lane Median28.134.8Two Lane Side Running Busway0.91.1Reversible One Lane Median16.620.6Bidirectional One Lane Median6.27.7Curb Lanes4.05.0Managed Lanes0.91.1Mixed Traffic23.929.7Total80.6100


Georgia Ave North & SouthCorridor 1: Georgia Avenue North, Prince Phillip Dr. (Medstar) to Veirs Mill RdLength: 9.5 Miles -- 8.6 One Lane Median Busway & 0.9 Mixed TrafficStations: 13 Stations -- avg. every 0.73 miles

Corridor 2: Georgia Avenue South, Veirs Mill Rd to DC Line/Montgomery CollegeLength: 3.7 Miles 2.0 Mixed Traffic & 1.7 Dedicated Curb LanesStations: 8 Stations avg. every 0.46 miles


MD 355 North and South*Corridor 3: MD 355 North, Redgrave Place, Clarksburg to Rockville MetroLength: 14.1 miles 12.5 Two Lane Median Busway & 1.6 Mixed TrafficStations: 20 Stations -- avg. every 0.7 miles

*Corridor 4: MD 355 South, Rockville Metro to Friendship Heights MetroLength:9.3 Miles 8.2 Two Lane Median Busway & 1.2 Dedicated Curb LanesStations: 14 avg. every 0.66 miles

*Assuming Rockville & Gaithersburg agree to endorse the Planning Board Draft.


New Hampshire Avenue & North Bethesda TransitwayCorridor 5: New Hampshire Avenue, Colesville Park & Ride to D.C. LineLength: 8.5 Miles 3.8 One Lane Reversible Median, 2.8 Mixed Traffic & 1.8 Two Lane Median Stations: 12 avg. every 0.71 miles

Corridor 6: North Bethesda Transitway, White Flint Metro to Montgomery MallLength: 2.7 miles 1.5 Two Lane Median, 0.9 Two-Lane Side Running & 0.3 Mixed TrafficStations: 7 avg. every 0.38 miles


Randolph Road & University BoulevardCorridor 7: Randolph Road, White Flint Metro to US 29Length: 10.1 miles Mixed TrafficStations: 10 avg. every 1.0 miles

Corridor 8: University Boulevard, Wheaton Metro to Takoma /Langley Park Transit CenterLength: 5.5 miles 2.8 Mixed Traffic & 2.7 One Lane Median Stations: 9 Stations avg. every 0.6 miles


US 29 & Veirs Mill RoadCorridor 9: US 29 Corridor, Burtonsville Park & Ride to Silver Spring Transit CenterLength: 11 miles 5.6 Two Lane Median, 3.4 Mixed Traffic, 1.1 Curb Lanes & 0.9 Managed LanesStations: 11 avg. every 1.0 miles

Corridor 10: Veirs Mill Road, MD 355 to Wheaton MetroLength: 6.2 miles One Lane MedianStations: 11 avg. every 0.56 miles



Estimated Transit, Traffic & Environmental Impacts by 2040

Current RTS FundingTo date, MCDOT has dedicated $11 million for BRT corridor studies on Veirs Mill & Georgia Ave.MDOT is providing $10M to advance BRT concept planning in Montgomery County. MCDOT anticipates programming the States $10M for RTS concept planning for MD 355 South, US 29 and Randolph Road Corridors


Adoption ProcessActionTimingPlanning Board Draft Sent to Council7/25Fiscal Impact Analysis Mid SeptemberDepartmental Comments to DGS 9/6Draft to County ExecutiveMid SeptemberCouncil Public Hearings 9/24 & 26Council T&E Committee Work Sessions October/NovemberCouncil Resolution Approving the Planning Board Draft as Amended December 2013Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission AdoptionEarly 2014

Comparison to Other BRT Initiatives Bus Rapid Transit Around the CountrySystemStart DateLength (miles)Avg. Daily RidershipStationsCost/Lane Mile Los Angles County Metro Orange line20051821,80018349/19Everett, WA Swift BRT200916.72,66012 29/1.7Hartford, CT Fastrack20149.416,00011275/29Cleveland, Healthline BRT 20089.414,30042197/21Corridor Cities Transitway Phase I20209.535,00012545/57Purple Line201516.274,000 By 2040212,200/136Countywide Transit Corridors FMPTBD80.6174,250By 2040115TBD


Cost EstimateA rough cost estimate has been completed in September.In absence of a specific design, many assumptions had to be made.Assumptions included; fleet requirements, right-of-way needs and costs, utility relocation, bus garages, road and bridge work, etc. Due to the many assumptions, the cost estimate for each corridor reflects a contingency of 50 percent to account for changes likely to occur as projects are developed.

Post Plan AdoptionConcept Planning Veirs Mill & Georgia UnderwayMD 355 South, U.S. 29 & Randolph RoadEnvironmental Studies & Preliminary EngineeringFinal Design & Right-of-Way AcquisitionConstructionOperations & Maintenance

Project Example: Veirs Mill Road MD 586PROJECT SCHEDULE

Open House/Information MeetingSpring 2012Conduct Alternatives Public WorkshopFall 2013 (October 30th)Develop Detailed AlternativesWinter/Spring 2014Perform Alternatives AnalysisSpring 2014Prepare Draft Environmental DocumentSpring/Summer 2014Conduct Public HearingFall 2014Select Locally Preferred AlternativeFall 2014Prepare Final Environmental DocumentSpring 2015Receive NEPA ApprovalSummer 2015Final Design & ROWDependent on FundingConstructionDependent on Funding