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Kensington, MD 20891

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Learn about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) tonight and tomorrow night

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The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is studying options for a new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) service along MD 355 called FLASH.

MCDOT invites you to a public Open House to learn more about FLASH on MD 355 and to see the results of the extensive evaluation and preliminary engineering of the alternatives, including ridership, benefits, impacts, and estimated costs.…

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Bus Rapid Transit is Gaining Traction Across the Country

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In an article on Governing, Wes Guskert, President and CEO of The Traffic Group, declared that rapid transit has most of the benefits of light rail at a fraction of the cost.  He writes that ” BRT usually costs 20 percent of a light rail system but can capture 80-85 percent of those who would ride light rail.”

The article also notes that a rapid transit system has all of the amenities of modern rail, including Wi-Fi, level boarding and off-vehicle payment systems while retaining vital flexibility.…

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A brief primer on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

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With the Transit Task Force public forum on September 30 and the recent release of the Transit Task Force Draft Report, there’s a lot of chatter online and in the real world about how MoCo creates, funds, and manages an RTS. So  I thought it would be helpful to write a quick blog post to provide some background on this complex topic.…

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See, people will ride Bus Rapid Transit

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If Friends of White Flint had a nickel for every time we’ve heard “People will never ride Bus Rapid Transit,” we’d never have to fundraise again. But fortunately for the White Flint area, the facts contradict this belief.

In Alexandria, ridership of their Metroway Bus Rapid Transit is consistently 15 to 20 percent higher than projections for initial ridership, even with the recent cold weather.…

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Interactive Worldwide Map of Successful Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

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The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy created an interactive map that labels successful Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors worldwide. The ITDP created a BRT Standard that these programs must meet.

The ITDP uses elements to define BRT , which include a dedicated right-of-way, busway alignment, off-board fare collection, intersection treatments, and platform-level boarding.…

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Daimler Weighs in on Bus Rapid Transit

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Last week, auto giant Daimler participated in a Japanese forum focused on the successful model of Bus Rapid Transit. As a primary manufacturer of rapid transit vehicles, Daimler has participated in the development of these systems all over the world and, so, their perspective is unique.

Tokyo is considering Rapid Transit in advance of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Daimler did their part to show that it’s a smart transit solution.  

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Why MoCo Needs Bus Rapid Transit

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As most of us are aware, the Greater Washington, D.C. area is known for having some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. Montgomery County, however, is taking action to change this pattern of traffic in the D.C. area. As we have discussed in many past posts, MoCo is bringing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) program to the county.…

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Many Montgomery County Residents Support the Bus Rapid Transit Plan

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A recent article from Aaron Kaut of Bethesda Now highlighted t a poll commissioned by The Coalition for Smarter Growth and Communities for Transit and completed by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research to see how Montgomery County residents support the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan. In November, the BRT proposal was passed by the Montgomery County Council “to study and design 10 BRT corridors throughout the county.”

The organizations polled 400 Montgomery County residents and found that “71 percent of likely Montgomery County voters support a BRT system, while 22 percent oppose it.”

The poll took place from January 22-23rd, 2014.…

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County Council Approves Bus Rapid Transit Routes

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Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved the 10-route, 81-mile Bus Rapid Transit system we have been working toward.  Now that the routes are set, the more detailed work begins on the treatments for them.  Public engagement is going to be necessary moving forward, with advisory groups for each route.  We’ll keep you posted as things develop but, in the meantime, find more details on Greater Greater Washington!

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Thoughts on Bus Rapid Transit

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Last week BethesdaNow.com, a newsblog featuring local and breaking news, ran an opinion piece questioning aspects of Bus Rapid Transit, particularly along the southern stretch of MD355.  I had the opportunity to submit a counterpoint:

 

Bring On Bus Rapid Transit

After reading Mr. Hawkins’ opinion on Bus Rapid Transit through Bethesda, I felt compelled to share a different perspective on the proposed system: mine.

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