You’ve been hearing about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for years and wonder when the heck it will happen. No worries: the folks at MCDOT have been busy working on this large project. Below you’ll see some select boards from their recent Route 355 open house that contain lots of information on alternative routes, headways, and stations.…Read More
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As reported on WTOP, a County Council committee has approved $7.5 million in design funding for the Route 29 BRT as well as funding to continue work on the Route 355 BRT. The Route 29 BRT should begin operations in 2020.
The current plan, which is set to put 14 buses on the road in Montgomery County by late 2019, would see the express buses run on the shoulders of Route 29 between the Burtonsville Park and Ride and Industrial Drive and in regular traffic between and downtown Silver Spring.…
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett today announced that “Flash” is the winner in the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) contest to select a name for the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System. MCDOT’s two-month contest provided residents the opportunity to choose from three suggested names or propose their own, and “Flash” received the most votes.…Read More
If you weren’t one of the hundred or so folks who attended one of the recent MD 355 BRT Open Houses, here’s what you missed. (You can view their presentation here … and I urge you to do so. It discusses in detail what I’ve summarized here, and their boards are higher-resolution and easier to enlarge than what you’ll find in this blog.)
Purpose: to present the MD 355 BRT Conceptual Alternatives and review the results of the Preliminary Analysis.…Read More
The Maryland Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, is conducting a study for developing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along a portion of the MD 355 corridor. Two public Open Houses will be held to provide information on the BRT conceptual alternatives under study and gather community input about potential BRT service from Bethesda to Clarksburg (including along Observation Drive).…Read More
The MD 355 BRT Corridor Planning Study will conduct two Open Houses in the early part of February. The project team will present the conceptual alternatives that we have been discussing during recent CAC meetings and seek additional public input before determining which of those alternatives will be refined for more detailed analysis during the next phase of the study.…Read More
From Mass Transit Magazine:
Autonomous or self-driving vehicle technology would allow BRT operators to link multiple buses together seamlessly, adapting to demand and adding capacity as needed. Autonomous systems could be calibrated so that the buses traveled inches apart at all times, often traveling in train-like platoons. In theory, autonomous bus rapid transit could scale up to as many vehicles as needed and it would help operators maintain bus headways when there is congestion.…Read More
|Curious about what’s up with Bus Rapid Transit here in MoCo? Coatition for Smarter Growth wrote an excellent summary which I’m reposting here. (No doubt you’ll notice that almost all of the BRT news concerns Route 29 rapid transit, not Route 355.)
Plans for BRT have taken a few twists and turns over the last five years.
The County Council debated Rapid Transit Systems the other day, and there appears to be two different points of view on Bus Rapid Transit.
According to Bethesda Beat, Mark Elrich said, “And here we are, seven years since I put this thing on paper and Virginia is rolling out BRT lines and we’re at planning.…Read More
Planners in Northern Virginia are taking a serious look at how to create a rapid transit route on Leesburg Pike/Route 7. Read more here in this Greater Greater Washington article.