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What is BRT?

BRT is Bus Rapid Transit. BRT is a form of transit using specially designed vehicles on dedicated guideways along major corridors. BRT provides a fast, comfortable travel experience. Features include: frequent all-day service, off-board fare collection, rail-like stations, well-designed routes, real-time passenger information, low floor, and low emission vehicles. > View Fast Facts

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Where will it be?

Montgomery County is currently working with the State of Maryland to study three corridors for possible BRT implementation. The corridors are:

  • MD 355 from Clarksburg to Bethesda: Study funded by the State of Maryland.
  • US 29 from Burtonsville to downtown Silver Spring: Study funded by the State of Maryland.
  • MD 586 from Rockville to Wheaton: Study funded by Montgomery County.

Eventually, additional corridors are planned, as noted in the Countywide Tranist Corridors Functional Master Plan.

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Who's it for?

Bus Rapid Transit serves local residents, commuters, and transit users who want cost-effective, quick, comfortable, more frequent transport to destinations along designated corridors. Learn more about who benefits from this new transit option and how.

Why do we need it?

Montgomery County is part of a highly congested region. Roadway congestion is predicted to increase 70 percent by 2040. The County must examine ways to ensure mobility as the area continues to grow. BRT is an attractive new option that would use existing roads to increase the county's transportation connections among communities while providing frequent, reliable service: getting people to and from jobs, homes, shopping, entertainment, schools, medical facilities, and more.

What will it cost?

It's too early to tell. To accurately estimate the cost of any project, a certain amount of design and engineering work needs to take place. Often up to 30 percent of the project needs to be engineered in order to be able to make a realistic cost projection. At this point, most of the BRT corridors under study are not far enough along in the design process for MCDOT and the State of Maryland to predict the final cost. Issues such as where specifically the stations will be located, whether the BRT will operate in its own guideway, in the median, or in mixed traffic, and phasing of construction or operation will have critical roles in determining the future cost of a line. These issues are still being studied on most corridors. Until they are resolved and the designers can carry out initial design work—that 30 percent point mentioned above—a meaningful cost projection is difficult to provide.

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News and Events

MCDOT has submitted an application to the USDOT's Tiger VIII grant program. The grant could provide funds for the BRT project on U.S. 29. See more details.

The Maryland Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Montgomery County, conducted this spring two public Open Houses to provide information on a study for developing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along a portion of the MD 355 corridor. Learn more details and offer your comments on the study

On April 30th, residents attended the Greenfest! The Rapid Transit team had a table at the event. Click here for more information.

For news specific to the corridor advisory committees, click on the button "Corridor Advisory Committees" at top of this page.



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