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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. These new facilities will improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety along Veirs Mill Road while also improving access to Flash stations.
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Phase

Final Design Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$86.8M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$81.3M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Location

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Estimated Schedule

Project planning was completed in FY18. Preliminary Engineering began in FY20 and is anticipated to be complete in FY22. Final design will start in FY22 and be completed in FY24. Land acquisition would begin in FY24 and construction is anticipated to start in FY25 and be completed by FY27.
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Cost Change

Cost increase is due to the addition of permit costs, land, construction, and buses.
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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. 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); 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 improved the project's eligibility for entry into the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. The intent is to seek entry in FY22 and combine Veirs Mill/Randolph Road BiPPA improvements in the grant request. Adding construction funding positions the project to advance through the CIG program in a timely fashion to receive a fully funded grant agreement. This project will utilize Op Lanes Maryland revenue proceeds, which have been pledged by the Maryland Department of Transportation to fund high priority transit projects in Montgomery County.
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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, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, City of Rockville, MDOT-SHA, 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
$86.8M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$81.3M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP501913
Date Last Modified05/03/22
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 FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision11200176337285709350016087279937800
Land1110090110910550105410000
Site Improvements and Utilities40000400004000000
Construction476000047600001000031000660000
Other16500001650000001650000
Total Expenditures868001772372881300350071021813317992347800
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: Mass Transit1275002500102502000000825000
Federal Aid425780042578039812215178071215800
G.O. Bonds00000000000
Impact Tax30001772122800000000
Op Lanes Maryland Transit Funding2847200284721500312959813992307000
State Aid00000000000
Total Funding Sources868001772372881300350071021813317992347800
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request1500
Year First AppropriationFY20
Appropriation FY 24 Request710
Last FY's Cost Estimate7500
Cumulative Appropriation7500
Expenditure / Encumbrances2614
Unencumbered Balance4886