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Description

This project will construct a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on US 29 from Burtonsville Park-and-Ride lot to the Silver Spring Transit Center. The project will build 18 new BRT station platforms with level boarding and off-board fare payment, purchase 14 new 60-foot articulated vehicles, implement Transit Signal Priority at 15 intersections, and construct improved bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, including 10 new Capital Bikeshare stations. The new BRT service will use the existing bus-on-shoulder lanes on US 29 in the northern section of the corridor and operate in mixed traffic in the southern section of US 29 and along Lockwood Drive, Stewart Lane, Briggs Chaney Road, and Castle Boulevard.
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Phase

Final Design Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$31.55M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$0.55M 6 Year Total
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Location

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Estimated Schedule

Service started in FY21. WSSC water line work to continue into FY21.
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Justification

The project will transform mobility options with the implementation of a 14-mile, premium, branded, limited-stop BRT service along US 29. This new service will improve transit travel time and increase opportunity for a broad range of users, including a significant number of minority and low-income riders living along a highly congested corridor. The project will improve passenger transit mobility by connecting riders to high density housing and employment centers. This project is vital to the success of significant new private development and employment in the adopted White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan.Plans & Studies: MCDOT Countywide Bus Rapid Transit Study, Final Report (July 2011); County Executive's Transit Task Force (May 2012); Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan (November 2013); MCDOT US 29 Bus Rapid Transit Project Description Report (March 2017); Maryland Department of Transportation/Maryland Transit Administration US 29 Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Planning Study (April 2017).
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Other

Prior to FY19, $6.5 million for Planning and Design and $500,000 in grant management was included in PDF 501318: Rapid Transit System (renamed to Bus Rapid Transit System Development in FY19). Since Planning and Design were close to completion at the end of FY18, only funds for the construction phase of the project (FY19 and 20) have been moved to this new PDF.
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Fiscal Note

The project is receiving $10 million of Federal funds through the Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The Federal funds will be used towards station and pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure construction. The Maryland Department of Transportation Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) for 2014-2019 provided $10 million for County Rapid Transit System planning, a portion of which was used to begin facility planning on the US 29 corridor. Reflects reallocation of $1.3 million in GO Bonds from the ADA Compliance: Transportation project (#509325) to cover ADA sidewalk upgrades. In FY20, funding switch of $2 million from Contributions to GO Bonds. In FY20, funding switch of $4,874,000 from GO Bonds to Impact Tax.
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Disclosures

A pedestrian impact analysis will be performed during design or is in progress.
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Coordination

Maryland Department of Transportation, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Special Projects Legislation (Expedited Bill No. 20-18) was adopted by Council June 19, 2018.
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Budget Snapshot
$31.55M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$0.55M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP501912
Date Last Modified12/21/20
Administering AgencyTransportation
CategoryTransportation
SubCategoryMass Transit (MCG)
Planning AreaKemp Mill-Four Corners and Vicinity
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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 Supervision565150550550000000
Land752752000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities158296148600000000
Construction1527715277000000000
Other1337413374000000000
Total Expenditures31550295141486550550000000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Contributions00000000000
Federal Aid95009500000000000
G.O. Bonds626062600000000
Impact Tax6874666520900000000
Intergovernmental55000550550000000
Short-Term Financing140001334965100000000
Total Funding Sources31550295141486550550000000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request550
Year First AppropriationFY19
Appropriation FY 22 Request0
Last FY's Cost Estimate31550
Cumulative Appropriation31550
Expenditure / Encumbrances30337
Unencumbered Balance1213