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Description

This project will design and construct a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on MD355 between Clarkburg and Bethesda. Planning conducted by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) resulted in several Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study in 2017. In 2019, MCDOT completed the planning phase. The project includes dedicated BRT lanes, 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.
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Phase

Planning Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$24M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$21M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Location

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Estimated Schedule

Project planning was completed in FY19. Preliminary engineering began in FY20 and will be completed in FY23. Final design for select segments will immediately follow and will be completed in FY24.
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Cost Change

State Aid added to accelerate design efforts.
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Justification

The project will transform mobility options with the implementation of a 22-mile, premium, branded, limited-stop BRT service along MD355 between Clarksburg and Bethesda. This new service will improve transit travel time and increase opportunity for a broad range of users along a highly congested corridor. The project will improve passenger transit mobility by connecting riders to high density housing and employment centers.
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Fiscal Note

This project was created as a supplemental in FY20 for $3 million.

Programming of funds through final design of select segments improves the project's eligibility for earlier entry into the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant program. Final design funded with GO Bonds in FY24. State Aid added for $6.0 million in FY22 ($3.5 million) and FY23 ($2.5 million) to accelerate implementation.

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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, City of Gaithersburg
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Budget Snapshot
$24M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$21M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP502005
Date Last Modified05/21/21
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 Supervision240003072693210002000650065006000000
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction00000000000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures240003072693210002000650065006000000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: Mass Transit75000750750000000
G.O. Bonds60000060000006000000
Impact Tax306430726936464000000
Recordation Tax Premium (MCG)81860081861186300040000000
State Aid60000060000350025000000
Total Funding Sources240003072693210002000650065006000000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request0
Year First AppropriationFY20
Appropriation FY 22 Request10000
Last FY's Cost Estimate18000
Cumulative Appropriation5000
Expenditure / Encumbrances0
Unencumbered Balance5000