A revised cost estimate decreases the cost to $1.6 billion for these four Rapid Transit System corridors: – MD 355 North, MD 355 South, US 29, and Veirs Mill Road. That’s about $230 million less than an estimate made two years ago. As always, though, the devil is in the details.…Read More
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In case you’re interested, I thought I’d share my recent testimony to the Transit Task Force. (If you’re not interested, click back on Monday … and every weekday, actually … for another new post on a diverse range of topics relating to the White Flint/Pike District area.)
My name is Amy Ginsburg, and I am the Executive Director of Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit organization with nearly 1,300 supporters, including residents, businesses, homeowners associations, and property owners. …Read More
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? …Read More
This past Saturday, more than 160 CAC members were part of the first Rapid Transit System Corridor Advisory Committee meetings in a special kick-off event in downtown Rockville. This joint meeting oriented CAC members to the upcoming process and provided general information on bus rapid transit. County Executive Ike Leggett welcomed everyone to the future of transit in Montgomery County, saying “The beneficiaries of what we are doing will be people long, long down the line, children and grandchildren, for years to come.”
Friends of White Flint is well-represented among the forty members of the MD 355 South CAC. …Read More
Over the past few days, you may have read about the proposed Independent Transit Authority. Essentially, Montgomery County state legislators introduced a bill that would enable the County Council to set up an Independent Transit Authority which would plan, develop, and operate the Ride-On bus system and the planned Rapid Transit System network, coordinate with WMATA and the Maryland Transit Authority, and operate the County’s four parking lot districts. …Read More
BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, is essentially Metrorail on wheels instead of tracks. It’s high-quality, fast, and convenient. (And yes, it’s something that people will actually use. They do in areas similar to the Pike District all over the world and increasingly, in the United States. Count me in as an enthusiastic convert, and now I can’t wait for the day when I can catch a sleek BRT rather than cursing traffic and searching for parking in my car.)
Here is a quick fact sheet about BRT which should answer many of your questions.…Read More
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.…Read More
Yesterday, Kelly Blynn (our friend from Coalition for Smarter Growth) posted a great piece on the status of our county’s Rapid Transit project. Like Old Georgetown Road, it’s critical that this infrastructure is built properly the first time both for efficiency and to responsibly use our tax dollars. Kelly lays out where we are and includes references to White Flint — our stretch of MD-355 is scheduled to be one of the first routes built. …Read More
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. …Read More
Over the course of this year, we’ve told you that Montgomery County has applied for a federal TIGER grant to support Bus Rapid Transit on MD-355 (Rockville Pike). In a list of awardees announced last week, however, we were not included.
But – I did find the list of winners to be an incredible snapshot of where our country’s transportation infrastructure is headed. …Read More