The RTS Plan

 

What?
Where?
Current Studies
Supporters
Links

 

What?

Officials in Montgomery County, Maryland have planned a Rapid Transit System (RTS) that will bring high quality transit service to many communities currently unserved or underserved by existing mass transportation options. The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved the plan on November 26, 2013.

Using a combination of dedicated transit lanes, sleek modern vehicles, and technology to give transit vehicles priority at intersections, the Montgomery County Planning Board has recommended an 80-mile system along with the 15-mile CCT, providing service to 11 new transit corridors and 115 stations.

You can read the approved Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan on the County Council's website.

In August 2014, County Executive Ike Leggett, County Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, and Cherri Branson, and Gaithersburg Mayor/County Council hopeful Sidney Katz joined CFT and our supporters at our booth at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. To see photos and news coverage of the event, click here. For a video of the event, see below.

 

Where?

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For an RTS map to scale, please visit our Google Map.

Transit Corridors Approved by the Montgomery County Council

   Corridor  From  To  Miles   Stations 
1  Georgia Ave North  Montgomery General Hospital   Wheaton Metro Station 9.5 13
2  Georgia Ave South  Wheaton Metro Station  Eastern Ave 3.7 8
3  MD 355 North  Redgrave Place  Rockville Metro Station 14.1 20
4  MD 355 South  Rockville Metro Station  Bethesda Metro Station 7.7 12
5  New Hampshire Ave  Colesville Park & Ride  Eastern Ave 8.5 12
6  North Bethesda Transitway   White Flint Metro Station  Mont. Mall Transit Ctr. 2.7 7
7  Randolph Rd  White Flint Metro Station  US 29 10.1 11
8  University Blvd  Wheaton Metro Station  Takoma/Langley Transit Ctr.  5.5 9
9  US 29  Burtonsville Park & Ride  Silver Spring Metro Station 11.0 11
10  Veirs Mill Rd  Rockville Metro Station  Wheaton Metro Station 6.2 11
 CCT   Corridor Cities Transitway  COMSAT (Clarksburg)  Shady Grove Metro Station 15.0 16
 Overall System Total 94.4 115

 

Current Studies

Map of Proposed Phase 1 of RTS

Maryland State Highway Administration:

MD 586 (Veirs Mill Rd) BRT Study

US 29 (Colesville Rd) & MD 355 (Rockville Pike): Preliminary Engineering Studies (Through Summer 2016)

Letter of Agreement (PDF)

Proposed Workflow Timeline (PDF)

City of Rockville:

Rockville Town Center BRT Integration Study (PDF)

City of Gaithersburg:

Gaithersburg MD 355 BRT Study (PDF)

Maryland Transit Administration:

Corridor Cities Transitway (PDF)

 

Supporters

You can view this letter with the list of supporting groups and organizations as a PDF here.

The undersigned groups and individuals endorse a Rapid Transit System (RTS) for Montgomery County. We believe that ensuring a successful system requires prioritizing the following:

  • Dedicated Transit Lanes: Build a high quality system, characterized by lanes dedicated to RTS use to the maximum extent possible.
  • Frequent & Reliable Service: RTS vehicles should arrive with high frequency and reliability of service to ensure a real alternative to driving and higher quality off-peak availability than current bus service.
  • Metro-like Features & Integration: The RTS network should be integrated with other County and regional transit assets to provide a seamless, high quality experience for riders. The system should employ time-saving features, such as limited stops, off-board fare collection, level boarding, improved stations with real-time arrival information, and quiet vehicles with modern features like shielded tires.
  • Integrated Bike & Pedestrian Improvements: The RTS network should have safe and easy access to stations for pedestrians and bicyclists in order to increase their safety on busy county highways.

In the next 30 years, Montgomery County is projected to grow in population by more than 200,000 new residents. If we don’t find a way to move more people on our existing roadways, it is projected that traffic congestion will grow by 70%, making a difficult situation intolerable. Together with our existing Metro rail system, MARC commuter rail service, reconfigured Metro bus and RideOn services, and the coming light rail Purple Line, we believe the RTS is essential for creating a high quality rapid transit network to help our County face immediate and long range transportation challenges.

Creating an effective, high quality county wide transit network is critical to reducing air pollution, providing affordable transit options to working families, allowing us to realize potential balanced economic growth, and generally enhancing the quality of life for current and future generations in our community. We urge Montgomery County to take action now for a high quality transit future. 

1000 Friends of Maryland

Americans for Transit

Bike Gaithersburg

CASA de Maryland

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Chevy Chase Land Company

Citizens to Save South Valley Park and Whetstone Run

Clean Water Action

Coalition for Smarter Growth

Communities for Transit

Duball, LLC

Fallstone Homeowners Association

Federal Realty Investment Trust

Friends of White Flint

Gables Residential

Georgetown Village Condominium HOA

Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce

Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS®

Indian Springs Civic Association

JBG

Jews United for Justice

Lerner Enterprises

Maryland Public Interest Research Group

Montgomery College Sustainability Club (MC Green)

Montgomery Countryside Alliance

Montgomery County Young Democrats

Potomac Valley Environmental Group

Progressive Neighbors

Pyramid Atlantic

Randolph Civic Association

Saul Centers Inc

Sierra Club (Montgomery County)

TAME Coalition

ULI Washington

Upcounty Action

Ward 3 Vision

Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA)

White Flint Partnership

 

In addition, the following organizations and entities have expressed support for Rapid Transit:

Action Committee for Transit

City of Gaithersburg

City of Rockville

City of Takoma Park

Greater Colesville Citizens Association

League of Women Voters of Montgomery County

South of Sligo Citizens Association

Town of Chevy Chase

Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board

Western Montgomery Citizens Advisory Board

WMATA

 

Montgomery County Plan Links

Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan: Official website for the RTS Master Plan

Adopted Master Plan: Unanimously approved by the Montgomery County Council on 11/26/13

Rapid Transit System Project: Official website for the Montgomery Rapid Transit System

Montgomery Transit System Task Force

Montgomery County Council

Montgomery Planning Board

Corridor Cities Transitway

Why Montgomery County is getting on board the bus-rapid-transit bandwagon: Op-ed by Roger Berliner and Francoise Carrier