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Description

This project will design and construct a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on Veirs Mill Road (MD 586) between the Wheaton Metro Station and Montgomery College in Rockville. Planning conducted by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) resulted in a recommended alternative in late 2017. The recommended alternative includes queue jumps for use by BRT and other buses at congested intersections along the corridor, new BRT stations with level boarding and off-board payment, Transit Signal Priority, purchase of new, zero-emission BRT buses, and other associated pedestrian and bicycle improvements along the corridor. The study retains curbside dedicated lanes as the long-term BRT alternative for Veirs Mill Road. In addition, MCDOT intends to accelerate the Veirs Mill and Randolph Road BiPPA project to provide expanded pedestrian and bicycle facilities along the corridor. The addition of a shared use path along the north side of Veirs Mill Road, completing sidewalk gaps along the south side, and improving pedestrian crossings along Veirs Mill Road will improve access to Flash stations.
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Phase

Final Design Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$169.04M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$156.04M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Location

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Estimated Schedule

Project planning was completed in FY18 and preliminary engineering was completed in FY22. Final design began in FY23 and will be completed by mid-FY25. Property acquisition activities are estimated to begin in FY24 and construction is anticipated to start in FY25 and be completed by FY27. Buses will be purchased in FY27.
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Justification

The project will transform mobility options with the implementation of a seven-mile, premium, branded, limited-stop BRT service along Veirs Mill Road. 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. The incorporation of bicycle and pedestrian access and safety improvements will facilitate improved access to stations and improve overall corridor safety.

Plans and 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); Maryland Department of Transportation/Maryland State Highway Administration MD 586/Veirs Mill Road Draft Corridor Planning Study (September 2016); Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan (April 2019).

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Fiscal Note

The previous programming of funds for final design facilitated acceptance into the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. This project was combined with the Veirs Mill Road/Randolph Road BiPPA project to leverage additional Federal funds. The project was accepted in July 2022 into CIG Project Development and is now working toward a project rating and ultimately a funding grant agreement. The inclusion of the local portion of construction and bus purchase funding positions the project to advance through the CIG program in a timely fashion to receive a fully funded grant agreement. State aid reflects state grants for capital projects in Montgomery County programmed and/or preauthorized during the 2022 and 2023 Maryland General Assembly sessions. The State Bus Rapid Transit Fund is a new source of annual funding available to BRT projects in Maryland, and funds shown from this source have been committed by the State to Montgomery County in 2023 and 2024.
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Disclosures

A pedestrian impact analysis will be performed during design or is in progress. 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 State Highway Administration and Maryland Transit Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, City of Rockville, Commission on People with Disabilities, Transit Advisory Group, Neighborhood and Civic Associations, and Veirs Mill Road BRT Corridor Advisory Committee, Federal Transit Administration
Budget Snapshot
$169.04M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$156.04M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP501913
Date Last Modified01/09/24
Administering AgencyTransportation
CategoryTransportation
SubCategoryMass Transit (MCG)
Planning AreaRockville
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision3326348177436210104240838583850000
Land1331510645126607683394410330000
Site Improvements and Utilities1413800141380706970690000
Construction688468606876025234352341560000
Other39473003947300394730000
Total Expenditures169035491380811560411217553750901160000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: Mass Transit92501263123767500067500000
Federal Aid994470099447022316771310000
G.O. Bonds46700674399692293721370000
Impact Tax30003000000000000
Op Lanes Maryland Transit Funding00000000000
State Aid2388065028502038002038000000
State Bus Rapid Transit Fund287880332025468112531011740980000
Total Funding Sources169035491380811560411217553750901160000
OPERATING BUDGET IMPACT ($000s)
Impact TypeTotal 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30
Maintenance21337--5100525354115573
Cost Savings-6275---1500-1545-1591-1639
NET IMPACT15062--3600370838203934
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 25 Request15073
Year First AppropriationFY20
Appropriation FY 26 Request937
Last FY's Cost Estimate169035
Cumulative Appropriation44691
Expenditure / Encumbrances8985
Unencumbered Balance35706