Corridor Advisory Committees (CACs)
News and Upcoming Events
- US 29 and MD 355 CACs had optional meetings for discussion of DRAFT Preliminary Purpose and Need documents. On Monday, February 1st, 2016, the US 29 North and South CACs had a combined optional meeting. Then, on February 2nd both MD 355 CACs also had a combined optional meeting. These meetings provided to interested CAC members the opportunity to discuss the DRAFT Preliminary Purpose and Need document one-on-one and in small groups with project team members. For more information on these two past meetings, please refer to the site specific to each of the CACs aforementioned.
- Round 5 of CAC meetings finalized. On Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, the Veirs Mill Road CAC had its fifth meeting. With this meeting, all five CACs have had five meetings each. Except for the Veirs Mill Road CAC, these meetings included one optional meeting for each CAC.
Background and Purpose
Until November 21st 2014, Montgomery County Department of Transportation reached out to residents and businesses inviting them to serve on the county’s Rapid Transit System (RTS) Corridor Advisory Committees (CACs). These committees are part of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) and the State of Maryland's commitment to developing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System in Montgomery County.
Now that these committees have been formed, they will be providing community stakeholders (area residents, businesses, community organizations and others) the opportunity to participate in the BRT System planning process. By working with engineers, architects, land use professionals, and planners, these committees will be advising MCDOT and the State in the decision process related to:
- General BRT concept designs
- BRT study assumptions
- Transit access and operations
- Coordination with other modes
- Public involvement planning
- Community needs
Refer to this CAC Overview for a quick synopsis of the process the County used in creating these advisory committees.
A useful resource: The Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. In its resolution approving this Master Plan, the County Council called for the creation of Corridor Advisory Committees.
Three major corridors in Montgomery County will be studied over the next two years. The three corridors have been divided into five segments, with each segment having a Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC). The five segments are the following:
Written meeting summaries of each of these CACs are shown on their respective web pages, under Meeting Documents toward the bottom of the page. Video tape recordings of each meeting have been available since August, 2015. Links to the videos are also shown in the Meeting Documents section of each page, or you can visit the web page containing all of the video links.
CAC Mission Statement
The MD 355, MD 586 and US 29 Corridor Advisory Committees (CAC) will:
- Give community participants the opportunity to provide input to all planning and design;
- Provide the opportunity to discuss study assumptions and methodologies;
- Fulfill County Council requirements for transparency and community involvement;
- Provide the opportunity for interaction and information-sharing among impacted residents/communities, property owners of businesses/institutions, transportation agency representatives, and transportation system users;
- Study and discuss potential community impacts in a comprehensive manner that supports cost-effective and context- and community- sensitive implementation outcomes.
- Serve as a clearinghouse for sharing of timely and accurate information on the studies and plans in each corridor;
- Share information from the CAC meetings with the community groups that you represent and share input received from them during subsequent CAC meetings; and
- Provide leadership and build consensus within the community to coalesce diverse interests and address stakeholder issues.
For more information:
MCDOT Community Relations
Last update: February 8, 2016, 12:00 pm