Let me translate that. This post is all about the planning process for a Rapid Transit System (RTS), formerly known as Bus Rapid Transit or BRT, on Rockville Pike. Communities for Transit has helpfully compiled extensive information about RTS in Montgomery County on this website.
Why do we need a Rapid Transit System? Quite simply, there really aren’t any other good options. RTS provides a cost-effective, practical solution to the problem of moving a rapidly growing population. In the next 30 years, Montgomery County is projected to grow in population by more than 200,000 new residents. Without more transit, including RTS, traffic congestion will grow by 70%. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to drive on Rockville Pike with 70% more congestion. I’d much rather hop on a sleek, fast, reliable RTS.
There are three stages in the planning process for the Route 355 RTS.
Stage I – Data Collection/Initial Analyses (6 months) December 2014– June 2015
Stage II – Initial Conceptual Design (12 months) June 2015 – June 2016
Stage III – Final Conceptual Design (6 months) June 2016 – December 2016
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