Thursday, March 31, 2011
Following County Executive Leggett’s formation of a Rapid Transit Task Force, MCDOT recently briefed members and interested residents on the results of a feasibility study that looked at constructing bus rapid transit lines throughout the County.
The study recommended developing bus rapid transit along 16 corridors, totaling 150 miles. Such a system would feature streamlined vehicles with service similar to light rail, but at a lower cost. Passengers would pay their fares in advance and enter low floor buses directly through multiple doors with no steps or lifts.
Buses would arrive at stations every 10 minutes or less, preferably operating in the median of major roads, such as Veirs Mill Road, Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road . When operating on general use lanes, the buses could be given priority at traffic signals—meaning buses can hold the green light a little longer while clearing the intersection.