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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 and Rockville Metrorail Stations. 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 60-foot articulated vehicles, 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.
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Phase

Preliminary Design Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$7.5M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$6.5M 6 Year Total
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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 FY21. Final design will start in FY22 and be completed in FY23.
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Cost Change

Final design costs added back to the project. This addition allows the project to compete for Federal funding.
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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

$3 million in FY20 and FY21 will be used to complete Preliminary Engineering. $4.5 million will be used to complete final design. The current estimate for project completion is an additional $71.5 million for Construction. Adding final design costs to the CIP schedule allows the project to compete for Federal funding.
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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, City of Rockville
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$7.5M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$6.5M 6 Year Total
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Project Details
Project NumberP501913
Date Last Modified05/16/21
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 FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision750032867265002000250020000000
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction00000000000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures750032867265002000250020000000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: Mass Transit45000045000250020000000
G.O. Bonds00000000000
Impact Tax300032867220002000000000
State Aid00000000000
Total Funding Sources750032867265002000250020000000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request0
Year First AppropriationFY20
Appropriation FY 22 Request4500
Last FY's Cost Estimate3000
Cumulative Appropriation3000
Expenditure / Encumbrances2545
Unencumbered Balance455