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Montgomery County to be Site of State’s First Bus Rapid Transit System

 

Governor Martin O’Malley has announced that the locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) will be Maryland’s first Bus Rapid Transit system operating along a 15-mile north-south corridor from the Shady Grove Metrorail station to the COMSAT facility near Clarksburg.

The CCT is supported by County Executive Ike Leggett, as well as the Montgomery County Council, the mayors of Gaithersburg and Rockville, and many others along the corridor.

The governor said, “The CCT Bus Rapid Transit line will provide easy, accessible, cost-efficient transportation for Montgomery County’s neighborhoods. This north-south transitway line will reduce our dependence on cars as we continue our goal to double public transit use by 2020.  The CCT will support nearly 15,000 jobs in the corridor, help facilitate smart growth through mixed used development and it can be built in a timely manner." 

The line will connect major employment, residential and activity centers in the corridor including Shady Grove, King Farm, Crown Farm, Life Sciences Center (LSC), Kentlands, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Metropolitan Grove, Germantown and COMSAT.  There will be direct connections to the Red Line at Shady Grove, the MARC Brunswick Line at Metropolitan Grove and local bus service throughout the corridor. 

“The significant economic advantages of implementing Bus Rapid Transit is not lost on Montgomery County,” Leggett said. “Bus Rapid Transit can be built sooner and at a significantly lower cost while complementing our master plan.  The design and construction of the CCT project is vital for the County and state, and we must collectively move forward to bring it into service as soon as possible.”

CCT Bus Rapid Transit Key Facts

  • Mode: Bus Rapid Transit *Overall Length: 15 miles *Stations: 16 proposed *Average Daily Ridership: 47,700 *Maintenance Facility:  Near Metropolitan Grove *Bus Rapid Transit Vehicles: 68.

Projected Capital Cost

  • Total Project: $828 million *Phase I: $545 million  *Phase II: $283 million

One-way Travel Time

  • COMSAT to Shady Grove: 49 minutes  *Metropolitan Grove to Shady Grove: 33 minutes  *Frequency of service: 6 minutes during peak periods and 10 minutes off peak

Schedule

  • Summer 2012 – begin New Starts process  *Spring 2013 – FTA Approval to Enter Preliminary Engineering
  • Winter 2014-15: Initiate Final Design Activities  *Summer 2017: Receive Full Funding Grant Agreement from FTA  *Summer 2017: Begin Right-of-Way Acquisitions/Permitting/Agreements  *Fall 2018: Begin Construction  *2020: Service begins (this schedule dependent on funding).

For more information on the CCT, go to http://www.cctmaryland.com.

CATEGORIES: Transportation
POSTED AT: Friday, May 18, 2012 | 6:00:00 AM |
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Last edited: 11/8/2010