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Description

This project will design and construct a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on MD 355 between Rockville and Germantown from Montgomery College - Rockville to Montgomery College - Germantown. The project includes dedicated BRT lanes, new BRT stations with level boarding and off-board payment, Transit Signal Priority (TSP), purchase of new zero-emission BRT buses, and other associated pedestrian and bicycle improvements along the corridor. Planning conducted by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) resulted in several alternatives retained for detailed study in 2017 for BRT along MD 355 from Bethesda to Clarksburg. In 2019, MCDOT completed the planning phase. MCDOT has been working on preliminary engineering and project phasing since 2020. Preliminary engineering of the full corridor from Bethesda to Clarksburg is being completed and then final design and construction for the Central segment will occur. Final design and construction of the North and South segments will occur as a separate project.
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Phase

Preliminary Design Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$314.37M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$302.87M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Location

  • ADDRESS: The MD 355 BRT corridor spans Clarksburg to Bethesda. The Central phase of this project will include the master plan areas of Shady Grove and Germantown, as well as the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg. A subsequent phase will provide service to the master plan areas of Bethesda, North Bethesda, Garrett Park, White Flint and Clarksburg.
  • PLANNING AREA: Countywide
  • REGIONAL SERVICE AREA: All
  • COUNCIL DISTRICTS: Countywide
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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 will immediately follow and will be completed in FY25. Construction activities, including right of way acquisition, will begin in FY25. Construction will be completed in FY28.
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Cost Change

Increased funding to complete final design of the Central phase from Rockville to Germantown, acquire right of way, relocate utilities, complete construction, and purchase buses.
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Justification

MD 355 FLASH will transform mobility options with the implementation of a 22-mile, premium, branded, limited-stop BRT service along MD 355 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. MD 355 FLASH will improve passenger transit mobility by connecting riders to high density housing and employment centers. MD 355 FLASH is being phased to accelerate delivery. This phase will implement BRT between Rockville and Germantown. Extensions to Bethesda and Clarksburg will follow.
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Fiscal Note

Programming of funds through final design and construction improves the project's eligibility for earlier entry into the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant program. This project will utilize Op Lanes Maryland revenue proceeds, which have been pledged by the Maryland Department of Transportation to fund high priority public 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-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Maryland DOT State Highway Administration & Maryland Transit Administration, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Permitting Services, Washington Gas, Pepco, Verizon, Comcast, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Federal Transit Administration, City of Gaithersburg, City of Rockville, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Commission on People with Disabilities, Transit Advisory Group, Neighborhood and Civic Associations, MD 355 BRT Corridor Advisory Committee

Budget Snapshot
$314.37M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$302.87M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP502005
Date Last Modified05/03/22
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 FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision51370211193893987010700820061307190514025100
Land7780000778000017500428001750000
Site Improvements and Utilities27100002710000810017000200000
Construction1371000013710000185005010050000185000
Other210000021000000010000110000
Total Expenditures314370211193893028701070082005023011709084640320100
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: Mass Transit6750075060000000060000
Federal Aid1588630015886300281296557047398177660
G.O. Bonds00000000000
Impact Tax3064925213900000000
Op Lanes Maryland Transit Funding131507001315074200820022101515203724282440
Recordation Tax Premium (MCG)81861186300040004000000000
State Aid60000350025002500000000
Total Funding Sources314370211193893028701070082005023011709084640320100
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request7200
Year First AppropriationFY20
Appropriation FY 24 Request8200
Last FY's Cost Estimate24000
Cumulative Appropriation15000
Expenditure / Encumbrances4667
Unencumbered Balance10333