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Description

This project will complete design for the Southern and Northern segments of the MD 355 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor. The Southern segment is from Montgomery College - Rockville to Bethesda Metro station. The Northern segment is from Montgomery College - Germantown to Clarksburg. This is part of the larger MD 355 BRT corridor that extends from Bethesda to Clarksburg. The Central segment will be designed and constructed as a separate project. 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. MCDOT has been working on preliminary engineering and project phasing since 2020. 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. Preliminary engineering of the project is currently being completed.
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Phase

Preliminary Design Stage

Status

New
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Budget Snapshot
$9.7M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$9.7M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Location

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Estimated Schedule

Preliminary engineering will be completed in FY23 (see fiscal note). Final design will begin in FY24 and complete in FY25. The construction schedule is unknown at this time.
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Justification

The project will transform mobility options with the completed 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. The project will improve passenger transit mobility by connecting riders to high density housing and employment centers. The project is being phased to accelerate delivery. The first phase will implement BRT between Rockville and Germantown. Extensions to Bethesda and Clarksburg will be completed as a second phase.
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Fiscal Note

Programming of funds through final design improves the project's eligibility for potential entry into the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant program. Preliminary engineering for this phase is funded in the MD 355 Central project (P502005). 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, and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), City of Rockville, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Commission on People with Disabilities, Transit Advisory Group, Neighborhood and Civic Associations, and MD 355 BRT Corridor Advisory Committee
Budget Snapshot
$9.7M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$9.7M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP502309
Date Last Modified01/09/22
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 Supervision97000097004850485000000
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction00000000000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures97000097004850485000000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Op Lanes Maryland Transit Funding97000097004850485000000
Total Funding Sources97000097004850485000000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request4850
Year First AppropriationFY23
Appropriation FY 24 Request4850
Last FY's Cost Estimate0
Cumulative Appropriation0
Expenditure / Encumbrances0
Unencumbered Balance0