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Description

This project provides for the initial steps and supporting studies for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors in the County, supplementing the Metrorail Red Line and MTA Purple Line currently under construction. The County Council approved the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan, an amendment to the Master Plan of Highways and Transportation, on November 26, 2013. The amendment authorizes the Department of Transportation to study enhanced transit options and Bus Rapid Transit for ten transit corridors, including: Georgia Avenue North, Georgia Avenue South, MD 355 North, MD 355 South, New Hampshire Avenue, North Bethesda Transitway, Randolph Road, University Boulevard, US 29, and Veirs Mill Road. The project also funds programmatic efforts needed to advance the BRT system.
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Phase

Planning Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$33.38M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$10M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

Planning for the New Hampshire Avenue BRT corridor began in FY22 and will be completed in FY24. Planning for the North Bethesda Transitway began in FY22 and will be completed in FY23.
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Cost Change

Added funding in FY27 and FY28 to continue to support programmatic efforts and staff in the BRT program.
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Justification

The proposed BRT will reduce congestion on County and State roadways, increase transit ridership, and improve air quality. The BRT will enhance the County's ability to meet transportation demands for existing and future land uses. Plans & Studies: MCDOT Countywide Bus Rapid Transit Study, Final Report (July 2011); County Executive's Transit Task Force (May 2012); and Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan (November 2013); MCDOT US 29 Bus Rapid Transit Project Description Report (March 2017); Maryland Transit Administration, MD 355 Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Planning Study (April 2017); Maryland Transit Administration, US 29 Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Planning Study (April 2017); MDOT MD 586 (Veirs Mill Road) Draft Corridor Study Report (September 2016); MD 355 Phase 2 Corridor Study Report (June 2019).
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Fiscal Note

Expenditures will continue as necessary to advance bus rapid transit implementation on master planned transit corridors. State aid in FY23-24 includes State grants for capital projects in Montgomery County programmed or preauthorized during the 2022 State General Assembly Session.
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Disclosures

The County Executive asserts that this project conforms to the requirement of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.
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Coordination

Maryland Department of Transportation, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, City of Rockville, City of Gaithersburg, Prince George's County.
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Budget Snapshot
$33.38M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$10M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP501318
Date Last Modified05/03/22
Administering AgencyTransportation
CategoryTransportation
SubCategoryMass Transit (MCG)
Planning AreaCountywide
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision3307917365571410000450035005005005005000
Land5148300000000
Site Improvements and Utilities168168000000000
Construction7777000000000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures3337517658571710000450035005005005005000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Contributions00000000000
Current Revenue: Mass Transit1137551583717250005005005005005000
Federal Aid500500000000000
G.O. Bonds63216321000000000
Impact Tax250020000500500000000
Recordation Tax Premium (MCG)20000200000000000
Revenue Bonds: Liquor Fund31793179000000000
State Aid7500500070004000300000000
Total Funding Sources3337517658571710000450035005005005005000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request4500
Year First AppropriationFY13
Appropriation FY 24 Request3500
Last FY's Cost Estimate32375
Cumulative Appropriation23375
Expenditure / Encumbrances18320
Unencumbered Balance5055