2013 Montgomery County Transit Trends

2013 Montgomery County Transit Trends

The Montgomery County Planning Department recently completed their Mobility Assessment Report. This report focuses on the county’s ability to reach its mobility goals by examining county residents’ use of driving, walking, cycling and transit. The last report was completed in 2011 and planners have used an “INRIX travel-time tracking as a traffic monitoring resource over the past two years.”

Here are some of the trends that can be found in this report:

Vehicle Miles

In the county, the number of miles traveled by car has stayed the same for the past few years. Dan Reed, for Greater Greater Greater Washington, pointed out that “drivers traveled about 7.3 million miles on state roads in the county in 2012. It’s a slight decrease from 2011, but about the same as in 2002,” which is when the county had only about 900,000 residents. The county now has about 1.05 million residents.

Pedestrian and Bicyclists

The planners for the report counted the number of pedestrians at 171 locations across the county and bikers at 25 locations throughout the county.  They found that most walkers and bikers were in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Wheaton, and White Flint, the urban centers of the county. The county’s most congested pedestrian area is US 29/ MD 384/ MD 97 in Silver Spring.  This intersection is frequented by about 9,500 pedestrians a day.  The Bethesda Central Business Districts (CBD) has the most pedestrian activity during the peak hours, with Silver Spring and White Flint CBDs following.

Public Transit

The heaviest ridership for the Ride-On Bus service are on Routes 55 and 59, which run through Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Lake Forest, and Montgomery Village. The heaviest ridership for the Metrobus occurs on C2-C4 and J1- J2-J3. The planners also researched Metrorail ridership along the Red Line. The average weekday ridership is heaviest at the Silver Spring, Shady Grove, Bethesda, and Friendship Heights metro stations.

For more information, you can check out the entire report here.

With the new hopes of adding transit programs such as the Bus Rapid Transit and more walkable/bikeable streetscapes, the county will continue to cut back the amount of drivers and increase the amount of walkers and bikers.

Rebecca Hertz


Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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