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Description

This project provides for the installation and improvement of capital amenities at bus stops in Montgomery County to make them safer, more accessible and attractive to users, and improve pedestrian safety for County transit passengers. These enhancements can include items such as sidewalk connections, improved pedestrian access, bus shelters, benches, area lighting, paved passenger standing areas, and other safety upgrades. In prior years, bus shelters were provided through an advertising franchise agreement which ended in June 2019. The County was unable to solicit a vendor under similar terms and now has to fund bus shelter replacement and maintenance directly. Therefore this project will now include funding for the installation and replacement of bus shelters and benches along Ride On and County Metrobus routes. Construction began in October 2006. Through FY22, approximately 3,700 stops with 1,333 curb ramps; 422 concrete kneewalls for safety and seating; 89,957 linear feet of sidewalk; and 179,531 linear feet of ADA concrete pads have been modified or installed. However, due to the age of improvements, many need to be reconstructed. Additionally, remaining improvements require property acquisition or easements which were previously deferred due to funding constraints. Lastly, the Ride On Reimagined Study will result in significant bus stop changes that will require rapid upgrades within the right of way to safely accommodate passengers.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$8.72M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$2.4M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Cost Change

Cost increase due to addition of FY29-30 in this level of effort project.
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Justification

Many of the County's bus stops have safety, security, or right-of-way deficiencies since they are located on roads which were not originally built to accommodate pedestrians. Problems include: lack of drainage around the site, sidewalk connections, adequate passenger waiting areas or pads, lighting or pedestrian access, and unsafe street crossings to get to the bus stop. This project addresses significant bus stop safety issues to ease access to transit service. Correction of these deficiencies will result in fewer pedestrian accidents related to bus riders, improved accessibility of the system, increased attractiveness of transit as a means of transportation, and greater ridership. Making transit a more viable option than the automobile requires enhanced facilities as well as increased frequency and level of service. Getting riders to the bus and providing an adequate and safe facility to wait for the bus will help to achieve this goal. The County has approximately 5,400 bus stops. The completed inventory and assessment of each bus stop has determined what is needed at each location to render the stop safe and accessible to all transit passengers. In FY05, a contractor developed a GIS-referenced bus stop inventory and condition assessment for all bus stops in the County, criteria to determine which bus stops need improvements, and a prioritized listing of bus stop relocations, improvements, and passenger amenities. The survey and review of bus stop data have been completed and work is on-going.
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Other

Expenditures will continue indefinitely.
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Fiscal Note

Funding for this project includes general obligation bonds with debt service financed from the Mass Transit Facilities Fund.
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Disclosures

A pedestrian impact analysis will be performed during design or is in progress.
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Coordination

MCDOT-Highway Services, Civic Associations, Municipalities, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Commission on Aging, Commission on People with Disabilities, Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, Citizen Advisory Boards
Budget Snapshot
$8.72M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$2.4M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP507658
Date Last Modified01/07/24
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 FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision458234102129601601601601601601600
Land73756916800000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction3176425131114402402402402402402400
Other221221000000000
Total Expenditures87164625169124004004004004004004000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: Mass Transit55181427169124004004004004004004000
G.O. Bonds31983198000000000
Total Funding Sources87164625169124004004004004004004000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 25 Request400
Year First AppropriationFY76
Appropriation FY 26 Request400
Last FY's Cost Estimate7916
Cumulative Appropriation6316
Expenditure / Encumbrances5098
Unencumbered Balance1218