OPEN HOUSES

Three Open Houses were held in March to educate the public and gather community input on the US 29 project. Click here to experience the virtual open house or here to view the presentation materials that were on display.

PROJECT INFORMATION

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is designing and constructing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along US 29 to meet the needs of residents and businesses along this busy route.

BRT will:

  • Use existing bus-on-shoulder lanes on US 29 in the northern section of the corridor.
  • Operate in mixed traffic in the southern section of Route 29 and along Lockwood Drive, Stewart Lane, Briggs Chaney Road, and Castle Boulevard.

Service plans currently being considered include:

  • Running every 7.5 minutes during the peak period and every 15 minutes during the off-peak.
  • A proposed span of service from 5am to midnight, 7 days/week.
  • Transit signal priority installed at up to 15 intersections along the corridor to provide traffic signal benefits to BRT vehicles where appropriate, reducing travel time and increasing reliability.

The service plan is preliminary and may be modified.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

BRT features and amenities include:

  • Frequent, reliable service
  • New, enhanced vehicles are equipped with WiFi and USB ports and accommodate bicycles onboard
  • New, comfortable stations provide weather protection, pre-payment stations, and real-time transit information (via message boards)
  • Community-friendly design provides enhanced pedestrian walkways, bike facilities and bikeshare stations
  • Level boarding allows for easy on, easy off
  • BRT often travels in dedicated lanes, bypassing traffic

Additional project information:

  • The Route 29 study is funded by the State of Maryland and Montgomery County. Montgomery County, Howard County, and the State of Maryland are working closely to provide BRT service through US 29 to Columbia in Howard County.
  • Montgomery County Department of Transportation has been awarded a $10 million Federal TIGER grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) to help fund the BRT line along US 29.
  • Other BRT routes currently being considered include:
    • MD 355 between Clarksburg and Bethesda
    • MD 586 (Veirs Mill Road) between Rockville and Wheaton
    • The Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) from Metropolitan Grove MARC station to the Shady Grove Metrorail station (Phase 1)

RESOURCES


RELIABLE Frequent service, dedicated lanes, and green light priority signaling keep BRT vehicles moving.

EFFICIENT One BRT vehicle can take up to 90 cars off the road, making our transportation network more efficient and your commute easier.

CLEAN BRT reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, making our air cleaner.

COMFORTABLE New BRT stations will feature real-time travel info and provide a place for you to wait comfortably and pay your fare before boarding.

COST-EFFECTIVE You can save money by riding BRT instead of driving a car.