DOT Transportation Engineering Projects

 

MD 355 Flash Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

The MD 355 BRT project is advancing through preliminary engineering.

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Project Manager:
Denny Finnerin
Division of Transportation Engineering
Transportation Planning and Design
denny.finnerin@montgomerycountymd.gov
443-348-2017

Project Description

The MD 355 Flash BRT service, identified in the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan, will provide upgraded bus service along MD 355 (Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike/Frederick Road), bringing fast and reliable transit service in dedicated lanes, where feasible, to this busy corridor. The project will create new connections and support growth and redevelopment at key activity centers along the corridor including in downtown Bethesda, White Flint, Rockville, and Gaithersburg.

 

New Information Available

The project is currently in the preliminary engineering phase and seeking feedback from residents and the community. Take the survey now or learn more about the project updates

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Get Involved

 

Better Bus is Coming to MD 355—Rockville Pike/Frederick Road—and we want your Feedback

Montgomery County is seeking your input! You can learn more by attending one of the upcoming events, and provide your input by taking the survey (link below) or calling 240-801-5794, either during telephone office hours or by leaving a voicemail at any time.

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to get caught up on the latest project information.

Please take the survey! It takes 5-10 minutes and asks for your opinions regarding how to improve MD 355 with better bus service, as well as your feedback on the current plans. At the end, there is an option to enter to win a $50 gift card!

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Upcoming Events

To learn more before completing the survey, you can meet the project team in-person, virtually, or by phone in May and June 2022. Below is how you can connect with us.

 
In Person:

MCDOT will hold in-person “pop-up” events between May 20 - June 21, 2022. Each event will have interactive displays, giveaways, and more. Be sure to catch us at one of the events below:

 

Bethesda

Bethesda Metro Station
Wednesday, June 1
2pm - 6pm

 

Gaithersburg

Shady Grove Metro Station
Wednesday, June 8
3pm - 7pm

Lakeforest Transit Center
Thursday, June 9
2pm - 6pm

99 Ranch
Sunday, June 12
12pm - 4pm

99 Ranch
Friday, June 17
3pm - 7pm

Bohrer Park
Saturday, June 18
12pm - 4pm

 

Germantown

Germantown Transit Center
Thursday, June 16
2pm - 6pm

North Bethesda

Pike and Rose
Saturday, June 11
1pm - 5pm

 

Rockville

Rockville Metro Station
Wednesday, May 25
3pm - 7pm

Giant @ Montrose Crossing Shopping Center
Saturday, June 4
12pm - 4pm

Rockville Memorial Library
Sunday, June 5
12pm - 4pm

Great Wall Supermarket Rockville
Friday, June 10
3pm - 7pm

Great Wall Supermarket Rockville
Sunday, June 19
12pm - 4pm

 
Online:

Montgomery County is seeking your input! You can learn more by attending one of the upcoming events, including a virtual chats. These chats are interactive webinars that will give you an opportunity to learn more and speak to project team members directly.  Register via the webinar links below!

Note: Each virtual chat will cover the same materials. Multiple chat events are occurring to provide flexibility for people's busy schedules.

 
Phone:

Join us in June for Telephone Office Hours by calling 240-801-5794  to speak one-on-one with a project team member:

  • Mondays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
  • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

Any calls outside of these hours can leave a message with your name, call-back number, questions or comments. MCDOT will respond as soon as possible.

 

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Project Updates

 

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Service Plan for Flash BRT Service on MD 355 (Rockville Pike/Frederick Road)

Flash BRT Buses will operate frequently all day, so riders will be able to travel along Maryland 355 quickly without the need to locate and review a bus schedule. Convenient routes will connect major destinations including shopping, schools, workplaces, healthcare, parks, and neighborhoods. Transfers to local Ride On buses, Metrobus, and the Metrorail red line are also possible and will be convenient.

Once the project is fully constructed, MCDOT proposes five routes to serve the corridor on overlapping segments. The column on the left of the visual show how often a Flash bus is proposed to arrive at stops in different locations along the corridor, with the frequencies of Flash bus arrivals ranging from every three to every twelve minutes during rush hour periods, depending on the location.

Project Service Plan - Central Phase Click to Enlarge
Station Locations - Central Phase Click to Enlarge
 

For the central phase of the Maryland 355 Flash BRT, three routes are proposed to serve the corridor. Flash buses are proposed to arrive at stops between 3 and 8 minutes apart during rush hour, depending on the location.

Project Service Plan - All Phases Click to Enlarge
Station Locations - All Phases Click to Enlarge
 

MCDOT is also currently studying how the rest of the County's bus routes should be organized through an effort called “Ride On Reimagined.” Details on that study can be found at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-Transit/reimagined

Station Design

The Flash stations on MD 355 will have a consistent design that provides a high-quality experience for riders and is consistent with other Flash stations in the County. The stations will be accessible for all riders, including those in wheelchairs. Based on the conditions around each station, some stations along MD 355 will be located on the side of the roadway, while others will be in the middle of MD 355, accessible by a safe pedestrian crossing.

 
Curb Station Click to Enlarge
Curb Station Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Click to Enlarge
Curb Station Diagram Click to Enlarge
Median Station Click to Enlarge
Median Station Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Click to Enlarge
Median Station Diagram Click to Enlarge
 

Roadway Design and Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements on MD 355

The current roadway design plans for the MD 355 Flash BRT are now available at the links below for your review. These design plans have been developed with the objective of accommodating median-running dedicated Flash lanes where feasible, based on the findings from the last phase of study for this project, recognizing and adjusting where necessary based upon constraints in some locations along the corridor. The following “typical section” images show what the different lane options identified for the corridor may look like. However, the design will be customized in some locations based on constraints.

 
Two Median BRT Lanes Click to Enlarge
One Southbound Curb BRT Lane Click to Enlarge
One Reversible Median BRT Lane Click to Enlarge
Mixed Traffic Click to Enlarge
 

The design plans show not only where the Flash BRT lanes will go, but also where the roadway will be widened, where the stations (shown in yellow) will be located, and what pedestrian and bicycle facilities will be available at different locations along MD 355. The County will use the input provided by the public, as well as federally-compliant analysis of the environmental impacts of this design, to finalize these roadway design decisions in the next project phase.

 

Explore the Design

Check out the webmap below to explore the proposed roadway and bicycle and pedestrian plans. You can type in your address or a location of your choice to zoom into that location.

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Options

The MD 355 Flash BRT design team is considering how the project could include new or updated bicycle and pedestrian facilities to ensure people can safely access Flash stations as well as other destinations along the corridor. Roadway characteristics, conditions, and constraints vary considerably depending on the specific location. MCDOT is considering a variety of bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the MD 355 corridor. Click on each type below to see more, and tell MCDOT your thoughts on the bicycle and pedestrian options by taking the survey.

 
Buffered Bike Lane Click to Enlarge
On-Street Bike Lane Click to Enlarge
One-Way Cycle Track Click to Enlarge
Shared Use Path Click to Enlarge
Two-Way Cycle Track Click to Enlarge
 

Implementation Plan

Flash BRT on MD 355 will be implemented in phases. The County has also included the costs of engineering and final design for the entire corridor in its six-year Capital Improvements Program (capital plan). The County intends to implement the service first in a central part of the corridor, between the areas around Montgomery College-Rockville and Montgomery College-Germantown. There is also funding in the County’s six-year program for final design and construction of this central phase; however, construction is contingent upon receipt of state and federal funds to cover the full cost of the project

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Project Status

MCDOT completed Planning and Conceptual Engineering of the MD 355 BRT in 2019, which concluded with a preference expressed by the County Council Transportation and Environment (T&E) Committee for an alternative that would provide for a mostly median-running BRT between Bethesda and Clarksburg. The project has now entered Preliminary Engineering, which will run through the end of 2022. In this phase, MCDOT is developing detailed design plans, refining the conceptual engineering, identifying ways to enhance performance and reduce costs and impacts, and developing detailed cost estimates. Concurrently, MCDOT is undergoing required federal and state environmental processes. MCDOT anticipates the adoption of an implementation strategy in early 2022.

project timeline

Resources

Corridor Advisory Committee

Corridor Advisory Committees were created in 2015 as part of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) planning project for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the MD 355 corridor from Bethesda to Clarksburg. The committee members are residents, business owners, and other stakeholders along the corridor. CAC meetings allow MCDOT to both give updates on the project to members of the community and to gather feedback from stakeholders along this portion of the corridor.

For more information on this corridor, see the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan.

Meeting Documents

FAQS

Funding

The full project is funded through final design. Construction funding has been recommended for the segment of the project between Montgomery College – Rockville and Montgomery College – Germantown. For more information, see Central Phase and South/North Phases.