Where we are now
Montgomery County is currently doing studies for the first three BRT routes: MD355, Veirs Mill Rd, and US29. This is the first step to making them a reality. But funding for the studies is set to run out roughly in the next year, and without the studies, planning for BRT can’t continue.
On January 15, officials released plans for how the county will fund transportation improvements over the next six years. Enough money to keep bus rapid transit (BRT) moving forward or making current bus service better is missing, but there is $300 million for building new roads.
Without changes to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), Montgomery County residents could see a lot of new roads, but little improvement in existing bus service or progress toward the BRT network. We badly need both to complement Metro and the Purple Line. The Coalition for Smarter Growth is currently working with our partners at Communities for Transit to win this change in the CIP.
Want to get involved right now? Here are some great ways!
We’ve sent these email action alerts to our subscribers about Montgomery County BRT. They’re an excellent way to get up-to-speed on the issue quickly!
Here are some additional great resources to learn more about our work for BRT in Montgomery County:
- Montgomery says it can’t build BRT, but there’s money for new roads (February 2, 2016 – Greater Greater Washington)
- Press release: CSG supports rapid transit funding in CIP (January 21, 2016)
- Report: Best Practices in Rapid Transit System Design (August 2015)
- Montgomery County’s Rapid Transit System official page
- Montgomery County RTS details at Communities for Transit