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Expanding Transit Options

Expanding high-quality transportation options benefits everyone, including drivers frustrated by congested commutes. By increasing travel alternatives, we can move more people in fewer vehicles, making everyone’s travel experience better.


Montgomery County is developing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that will greatly increase high-quality transit service to the County’s most densely developed corridors and areas planned for redevelopment. 

BRT is a new mode of transportation coming to Montgomery County that offers:

  • Reliable, frequent service , often in dedicated lanes with green light priority signaling to keep BRT vehicles moving.
  • Efficient service. One BRT vehicle can take up to 90 cars off the road, making the transportation network more efficient and commutes easier.
  • A less polluting option. BRT reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, making our air cleaner.
  • Comfortable travel with new BRT stations that will feature real-time travel information and provide a place to wait comfortably and pay fares before boarding.
  • Cost-effective transportation. Save money by riding BRT instead of driving a car.

The first route will be on US 29. Learn more.


Purple Line

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is leading construction of the Purple Line, which will be a 16-mile light rail line extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George's County. MCDOT’s Purple Line Coordinator ensures County interests and communities are represented in this important project.

The 16-mile light rail Purple Line will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George's County, providing a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange Lines at Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton. The Purple Line will also connect to MARC, AMTRAK, and local bus services. Twenty-one stations are planned.

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is leading this project, with the support and close coordination of a team that includes the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Montgomery and Prince George's counties, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, State Highway Administration, and local municipalities in the project area.

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