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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Transit Task Force Presents Recommendations to County Executive

The Montgomery County Transit Task Force presented its recommendations to County Executive Isiah Leggett for establishing a 160-mile, innovative, “best-in-class” rapid transit system that creates a comprehensive transit network. The Task Force is recommending that the system be built in three phases over the next nine to 20 years to mitigate both construction and affordability issues. Leggett created the Transit Task Force in February 2011 and appointed the members of the public/private partnership.  
The proposed rapid transit system uses vehicles that will operate like “light rail on rubber tires.” To the maximum extent possible, the network would have separate, dedicated lanes, with an emphasis on creating a network with both north-south and east-west connections. The report states that a rapid transit network is essential if the County wants to achieve its smart growth vision and successfully compete for its fair share of the projected job growth in the region.
Highlights of the Task Force recommendations, a statement by Leggett and the Task Force’s full report (click on Final Report) are available online. 
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Leggett Forms Rapid Transit Task Force

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.

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