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County:Montgomery Project Number:MO244_11
MD 0586 VEIRS MILL ROAD MD 355 (ROCKVILLE PIKE) TO MD 97 (GEORGIA AVENUE)
Project Name:
MD 586, Veirs Mill Road, and MD 28, Veirs Mill Road

Location of Project:
MD 355 (ROCKVILLE PIKE) TO MD 97 (GEORGIA AVENUE)

Description:
Bus rapid transit (BRT) study from Rockville Metro Station to Wheaton Metro Station. This study will evaluate roadway improvements to implement Montgomery County's BRT system on MD 586 and MD 28 from Rockville to Wheaton (6.1 miles).
 
Scope:
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The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (MDOT/SHA), in cooperation with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), is conducting a study to evaluate alternatives to provide new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service along MD 586 (Veirs Mill Road). The study corridor extends approximately 6.7 miles from the Rockville Metrorail Station to the Wheaton Metrorail Station in Montgomery County. The study also evaluates a service extension from the Rockville Metrorail Station, north along MD 355 an additional 1.5 miles, to provide enhanced bus service to Montgomery College.

The project team identified the following specific needs for the project based upon input received from individual citizens, community groups and the evaluation of transportation data and development planned in the area:

  • System Connectivity;
  • Mobility;
  • Transit Demand/Attractiveness; and
  • Livability.

 
What Is Under Study:
Background
MD 586 (Veirs Mill Road) carries approximately 24,000 to 47,000 vehicles per day, and regularly experiences congestion. While Veirs Mill Road lacks rail, it serves as an important link between two branches of the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail Red Line.

Eleven bus routes operate within the study corridor; six operated by the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority's (WMATA) Metrobus, and five by Montgomery County's "Ride On" bus service. WMATA’s Q lines travel between the Rockville and Wheaton Metrorail stations on Veirs Mill RD.

At the June 14, 2017 Veirs Mill Road Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC) Presentation, the project team presented results of studies completed on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study along with study results completed on the new Alternative 2.5, developed at the urging of the Montgomery County Council. Alternative 2.5 combines elements of Alternative 2 - Transportation System Management (TSM) with Intersection Queue Jumps and Enhanced Bus Service and Alternative 3 - New Bus Rapid Transit Service in Dedicated Curb Lanes. The new alternative would provide for minor infrastructure improvements at selected intersections by requiring widening for the installation of queue jumps. A new BRT service would be provided that would operate in mixed traffic. Alternative 2.5 would use the same 12 station locations that were assumed for Alternatives 2 and 3 and new BRT stations would be constructed at each of the 12 station locations. Additional details of the alternatives are described in the CAC presentation.

The Montgomery County Council and the County Executive support Alternative 2.5 as the recommended alternative with Alternative 3 retained as the Master Plan option. By retaining Alternative 3 as the Master Plan option, the County would be able to reserve right-of-way for future transportation improvements along Veirs Mill Road, as properties are redeveloped.

Next Steps
The Corridor Study Report will be updated to include the recommended alternative. The Final Corridor Study Report will be completed Fall 2017.


Project Type:
PLANNING STUDY

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2011 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 11/22/2017
 
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