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Description

This project provides for the initial steps and detailed studies related to a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the County, supplementing the Metrorail Red Line and master-planned Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT). 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 10 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.
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Planning Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$32.38M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$14M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

Planning for the MD 355 corridor occurred in FY15 through FY19. Prelimininary Engineering will commence in FY20 in Project #502005. Planning and design for US 29 was completed in FY18, and construction commenced in FY19 in Project #501912. Planning for the New Hampshire Avenue BRT corridor will begin in FY22 and will be complete in FY24. Planning for the North Bethesda Transitway will begin in FY22 and be completed in FY23.
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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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Other

The County programmed funds for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to conduct preliminary engineering for a master-planned BRT line on Veirs Mill Road between the Rockville and Wheaton Metrorail Stations ($6 million). This study was funded in the State Transportation Participation project, PDF #500722, and a recommended alternative was selected in FY18. Funds for Preliminary Engineering (PE) for the Veirs Mill BRT have been programmed in Bus Rapid Transit: Veirs Mill Road (#501913), and preliminary engineering will commence in FY20.
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Fiscal Note

Base programmatic expenditures will continue indefinitely. Acceleration of $4,000,000 for the North Bethesda Transitway from FY24 and FY25 into FY22 and FY23.
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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
$32.38M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$14M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP501318
Date Last Modified05/24/21
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 FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision32139161681971140005004500450035005005000
Land5151000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities143143000000000
Construction4242000000000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures32375164041971140005004500450035005005000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Contributions00000000000
Current Revenue: Mass Transit1612540211854102505002500275035005005000
Federal Aid500500000000000
G.O. Bonds6321620411700000000
Impact Tax275020000750007500000
Recordation Tax Premium (MCG)30000030000200010000000
Revenue Bonds: Liquor Fund31793179000000000
State Aid500500000000000
Total Funding Sources32375164041971140005004500450035005005000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request500
Year First AppropriationFY13
Appropriation FY 22 Request4500
Last FY's Cost Estimate32375
Cumulative Appropriation18875
Expenditure / Encumbrances17652
Unencumbered Balance1223