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County:Montgomery Project Number:MO244_11
Project Name:
MD 586, Veirs Mill Road, and MD 28, Veirs Mill Road

Location of Project:

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).
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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 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:
MD 586 (Veirs Mill Road) carries approximately 24,000 to 47,000 vehicles per day within the study corridor and regularly experiences congestion. It is one of the most heavily used transportation and transit corridors in Montgomery County and lacks rail transit. Local bus service along the Veirs Mill Road corridor is currently provided by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metrobus and by Montgomery County’s Ride On. Eleven bus routes operate within the Veirs Mill Road study corridor; six are operated by WMATA, and five by Montgomery County.

WMATA’s Q lines travel the entire length of Veirs Mill Road between the Rockville and Wheaton Metrorail stations. Veirs Mill Road serves as an important link between two branches of WMATA’s Metrorail Red Line. Other rail connections within the study corridor include the MARC Brunswick Line and Amtrak’s Capitol Limited Line, both of which are accessible at the Rockville Metrorail Station.

Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study (ARDS)
Nine conceptual build alternatives were evaluated based on feasibility within the study corridor and expected ROW and traffic impacts. Engineering judgment along with input from Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT/MTA), Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway administration (MDOT/SHA), local, environmental, and regulatory agencies and the public was used to select the, four Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study (ARDS), below.
  • Alternative 1 – No-Build Alternative: Alternative 1 would not involve improvements to infrastructure or bus service along the Veirs Mill Road study corridor beyond those improvements already planned and programmed. The existing lane configurations and bus services would remain the same in the 2040 design year. The No-Build Alternative does not address the purpose and need for the project; however, it serves as a baseline for comparing the impacts and improvements associated with the build alternatives.

  • Alternative 2 – Transportation System Management (TSM) with Intersection Queue Jumps and Enhanced Bus Service (Q9): Alternative 2 would consist of minor infrastructure improvements at selected intersections and the implementation of the proposed WMATA enhanced bus service, the Q9 limited-stop route. Minor infrastructure improvements would include enhanced bus stops with features such as shelters, real time information, or off-board fare collection and widening for the installation of queue jumps at select intersections.

  • Alternative 3 – New Bus Rapid Transit Service in Dedicated Curb Lanes (where feasible): Alternative 3 would consist of widening or repurposing the existing travel lanes and shoulders along Veirs Mill Road to provide dedicated, curb-running bus lanes and a new BRT service. The dedicated lanes would be provided for the BRT service in areas where the improvements would result in minor right-of-way (ROW) impacts, and where doing so would improve bus service by increasing the travel speeds.

  • Alternative 5B – New Bus Rapid Transit Service in Dedicated Bi-directional Lane or in Two Lanes (where feasible), in Median: Alternative 5B would implement new BRT service in a dedicated, bi-directional median lane, or in two dedicated median lanes from MD 28 to Newport Mill Road. In the bi-directional median lane segments, BRT buses would operate in both directions in a single-lane operation. The single, bi-directional lane would widen to two lanes at the BRT stations to allow buses travelling in opposite directions to pass each other. A two-lane, dedicated median section would be provided where feasible. The dedicated lanes would be created by widening to the outside and shifting the existing lanes out to allow the BRT to fit within the median.

Project Type:

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2011 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 8/19/2016


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