Become a Representative on a BRT Corridor Advisory Committee

Become a Representative on a BRT Corridor Advisory Committee

Are you a resident, business owner, or an individual involved in your community within Montgomery County?

Do you want to see a change in the types of transportation available throughout the county?

Are you interested in the Rapid Transit System?

If so, don’t miss your chance to get involved in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system coming to the county! Read below to learn more about this great opportunity.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) are calling on individuals who are interested to serve on BRT Corridor Advisory Committees (CACs). They are seeking residents, business owners, and members of community associations who live or work within or adjacent to the communities in the corridors, as well as others who are interested in the BRT system. These agencies are looking for public input as they begin to develop the Rapid Transit System (RTS) concepts in the four major corridors that will be evaluated for RTS- Georgia Avenue, US Route 29, Maryland Route 355 (Frederick Road, Rockville Pike, Wisconsin Avenue), and Veirs Mill Road.

The county hopes to create a network of bus transit routes or corridors connecting areas of high traffic congestion and demand to help decrease car traffic. BRT relies on a dedicated bus lane, in order to make the bus rapid and reliable. MoCo plans to have about 80 miles of dedicated bus lanes, which will be the “largest network of dedicated lanes anywhere in the country.”  The plan is focused on how to move people, not how to move cars. Bringing a dedicated bus lane to places like Rockville Pike will help decrease traffic congestion and safety issues for our present and future residents of the White Flint district.

CACs are a necessary step to ensure community members and public input are included in the planning process of this major project. We hope that this BRT plan will change the transportation landscape of the county. These committees will help advise MCDOT and SHA on “BRT design concepts, study assumptions, transit access and operations, coordination with other studies, planning for public involvement, and community needs and concerns.”

The nomination forms are due November 21 and they are available online along with more details about the selection process.

If you are a resident that lives along the corridor and are interested in joining the committee, please send your nomination form to the president of the civic/homeowner association that represents your neighborhood. Each community association will have one representative serve on the CAC for their corridor.

If you are a business owner, you need to send your nomination form to your respective Chamber of Commerce. In addition, each CAC will have “at-large” representatives that do not live or work along the corridor but they are interested in the rapid transit system.

If you are an interested individual, you may send your nomination form by email to rapid.transit@montgomerycountymd.gov or mailed to MCDOT Director’s Office, 101 Monroe Street, 10th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850.

For more information, check out the County RTS site.

Rebecca Hertz

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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.

2 comments

Maxine Schwartzman

I’ve been selling real estate in Montgomery County and DC for 47 years. I grew up in NY– where you can get ANYWHERE ON RAPID TRANSIT. Anywhere– from Brooklyn to The Bronx, Queens, ANYWHERE… ANYTIME OF DAY.

I recently took Metro from DC in mid-afternoon., That’s when I realized that there wasn no public transportation to get me from Metro to my home on Tuckerman Lane, between Post Oak and Falls Road. A 7-year old New Yorker could figure out a better transportation system than your experts.

Another problem– getting to BWI from Potomac. I understand that you are planning a bus route from Shady Grove to BWI. What good does that do me– or my neighbors??? I would have to drive (backward from BWI) to Shady Grove and park in a public lot. Realistically, I will still be stuck using the rather expensive commercial shuttle … sometimes picking up people all the way out to Germantown before I get to BWI. .. or hiring a private driver. ($50 plus tip– like the shuttle, but faster.)Getting to Dulles is not any better.

Public transportation in pricey Montgomery County sucks.It is time we did something about it!

I would like to help.

Maxine Schwarzman

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