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.
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.
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For an RTS map to scale, please visit our Google Map.
Transit Corridors Approved by the Montgomery County Council
|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|
Maryland State Highway Administration:
US 29 (Colesville Rd) & MD 355 (Rockville Pike): Preliminary Engineering Studies (Through Summer 2016)
Letter of Agreement (PDF)
City of Rockville:
City of Gaithersburg:
Maryland Transit Administration:
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
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
Fallstone Homeowners Association
Federal Realty Investment Trust
Friends of White Flint
Georgetown Village Condominium HOA
Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce
Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS®
Indian Springs Civic Association
Jews United for Justice
Maryland Public Interest Research Group
Montgomery College Sustainability Club (MC Green)
Montgomery Countryside Alliance
Montgomery County Young Democrats
Potomac Valley Environmental Group
Randolph Civic Association
Saul Centers Inc
Sierra Club (Montgomery County)
Ward 3 Vision
Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA)
White Flint Partnership
In addition, the following organizations and entities have expressed support for Rapid Transit:
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
Why Montgomery County is getting on board the bus-rapid-transit bandwagon: Op-ed by Roger Berliner and Francoise Carrier