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On November 26, 2013, the Montgomery County Council approved the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. After five years of study and two months of committee worksessions, the Council officially decided to set aside road space for Rapid Transit on ten routes (81 miles), including Route 355 and Route 29, plus the already-approved Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT), totaling almost 100 miles.
Rapid Transit Systems (RTS) are increasingly popular transportation solutions for communities facing worsening traffic and long commutes. They combine dedicated lanes on existing roads with sleek and modern bus technology, like off-board fare collection, real-time arrival information, level boarding, and transit signal priority to provide metro-like service for a fraction of the cost.
The master plan now indicates which of the 81 miles will be studied as dedicated lanes (78%) and where the over 100 stations may be located. After the studies of each route are completed, treatment types will be assigned to each location. Here, Communities for Transit shows you what those treatments may look like on Montgomery County's roads.