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US 29 Project

This page contains an overview of the US 29 project, important reference documents, and information about open houses. Information about additional opportunities for public involvement such as Corridor Advisory C​ommittee (CAC) meetings or project FAQs can be found on other parts of this website or at www.GetOnBoardBRT.com.

 

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is designing and constructing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along US 29 to meet the needs of residents and businesses along this busy route.

BRT service will:

  • Use the existing bus-on-shoulder lanes on US 29 in the northern section of the corridor.

  • Operate in mixed traffic in the southern section of US 29 and along Lockwood Drive, Stewart Lane, Briggs Chaney Road, and Castle Boulevard.

Service plans currently being considered include:

  • Two route patterns in the peak period and one route pattern in the off-peak period.

  • Running every 7.5 minutes during the peak period and every 15 minutes during the off-peak.

  • The proposed span of service is 5am to midnight, 7 days/week.

  • Transit signal priority will be installed at up to 15 intersections along the corridor to provide traffic signal benefits to BRT vehicles where appropriate – to extend the green light or shorten the red light duration when a BRT vehicle is approaching – to reduce travel time.

The service plan is preliminary and may be modified.

Project Schedule

    

 

 

BRT Features and Amenities Include          Additional Project Information
  • Frequent, reliable service

  • New, enhanced vehicles are equipped with WiFi and USB ports and accommodate bicycles onboard

  • New, comfortable stations provide weather protection, pre-payment stations, and real-time transit information (via message boards)

  • Community-friendly design provides enhanced pedestrian walkways, bike facilities and bikeshare stations

  • Level boarding allows for easy on, easy off

  • Montgomery County Department of Transportation has been awarded a $10 million Federal TIGER grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) to help fund the BRT line along US 29.

  • Other BRT routes currently being considered include:

    • MD 355 between Clarksburg and Bethesda

    • MD 586 (Veirs Mill Road) between Rockville and Wheaton

    • The Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) from Metropolitan Grove MARC station to the Shady Grove Metrorail station (Phase 1)

  • Montgomery County, Howard County, and the State of Maryland are working closely to provide BRT service through US 29 to Columbia in Howard County.

Important Documents 

About the Project

Presentations

TIGER Grant

Additional Information

Open Houses

Open houses constitute opportunities for residents to stop in, learn about this project, ask questions, and offer comments to our staff.

Three open houses hosted by MCDOT will occur in the Spring of 2018:

Thursday, March 15, 2018
6:30-8:30 PM
Silver Spring Civic Building- Great Hall, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6:30-8:30 PM
White Oak Community Center- Social Hall, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring

Wednesday March 21, 2018
7:00-9:00 PM
Blair High School- Cafeteria, 51 University Boulevard E, Silver Spring

Related documents to the Spring 2018 Open Houses

 

Three open houses hosted by MCDOT took place in the fall of 2017:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6:30-8:30 PM
East County Regional Service Center - Main Meeting Room, 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd, Silver Spring 

Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00-9:00 PM
Montgomery Blair High School - Cafeteria, 51 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring 
 
Monday, November 20, 2017
6:30-8:30 PM
Silver Spring Civic Center - Great Hall, 1 Veteran's Plaza, (downtown) Silver Spring

Related documents to the Fall 2017 Open Houses:

Your Input is Important to Us!

If you have any questions or want to share any comments about the US29 project, please contact us at the following address:  rapid.transit@montgomerycountymd.gov

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