Give MCDOT your opinion on the North Bethesda BRT

As you may know, Montgomery County is studying Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in North Bethesda connecting the Westfield Montgomery Mall with either the White Flint or Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station. They hope to reach a wide, diverse audience to attend these meetings and learn about and provide input on this project.

Help us plan for fast, reliable bus service!

The North Bethesda bus rapid transit planning study is underway to connect the Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center to either the White Flint or Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station. Please engage with them on this project by visiting their webpage or attending one of the upcoming open houses.

  • Online Open House #1
  • In-Person Open House
    • Monday, June 13, 2022 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    • Location: Davis Library 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817
  • Online Open House #2

North Bethesda BRT Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting #2 May 24

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is pleased to be advancing the North Bethesda BRT planning study and will be holding the second CAC meeting on May 24th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will provide updates on the ongoing analysis as well as the initial results of the termini screening. In addition, we will review upcoming outreach efforts and lay out the work ahead for the CAC.

Please register to attend the North Bethesda BRT CAC virtual meeting. A recording of the meeting as well as any presentation materials will be available after the meeting on the project website.

MD 187 Needs Analysis from SHA

Maryland Dept. of Transportation and the State Highway Administration recently completed a comprehensive Needs Analysis for MD 187 (Old Georgetown Road) between McKinley Street in Bethesda, and Tilden Lane/Nicholson Lane in White Flint. This document outlines a long-term vision for the corridor by identifying strategies to address pedestrian and bicycle network deficiencies, enhance multi-modal safety and improve travel conditions along the corridor.

You can read the entire report here.

The study divides the corridor into seven segments and considers options for each segment to address pedestrian and bicycle deficiencies; enhance multi-modal safety; and improve travel conditions. Some of the analysis for each segment is general (e.g., paint zebra stripes at crossings) and some are more specific (e.g., eliminate particular right turns on red). The recommendations are also divided into near-term, mid-term, and long-term plans.

Notes from the end of the Maryland Legislative Session

White Flint/North Bethesda/Pike District will receive quite a lot from the state coffers. During the legisltative session that just ended, these projects were funded:

$16 million for the White Flint redevelopment project that will help support a national epicenter of computationally enabled life sciences research.  

$120 million for transportation, including funding for the County’s new bus rapid transit system (BRT), zero emissions buses, the Bethesda South Metro station entrance and a new north entrance at the White Flint Metro Station. 

You can learn about other operational and capital county funding from the state as well as new programs and laws here.

North Bethesda Transitway Corridor Advisory Committee Meeting

North Bethesda Transitway CAC meeting will be held on March 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

They will introduce the project and share some of the initial work being done on the project and lay out the work ahead for the CAC. A recording of the meeting as well as any presentation materials will be available on this site after the meeting.

Please register to attend the North Bethesda BRT CAC virtual meeting.

The North Bethesda Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor was identified in the 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. The 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Master Plan first recommended the creation of a high capacity and high-quality transit connection from the Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center through the Rock Spring office park to the Metrorail Red Line. At its eastern end, the BRT would terminate at the either the Grosvenor or White Flint Metrorail Station. At its western end, it would terminate at the transit center at Montgomery Mall. This planning study will refine the Master Plan recommendation and determine station locations, BRT configuration and corridor termini.