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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 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, 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.

Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study (ARDS)
Out of nine conceptual build alternatives evaluated during the study, five were eliminated due to expected ROW and traffic impacts. The four Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study (ARDS) include:
  • Alternative 1 – No-Build Alternative: Alternative 1 would not involve improvements to infrastructure or bus service beyond those already planned and programmed. The No-Build Alternative does not address the purpose and need for the project; but serves as a baseline for comparing the impacts and improvements between build alternatives.

  • Alternative 2 – Transportation System Management (TSM) with Intersection Queue Jumps and Enhanced Bus Service: Includes minor infrastructure improvements at selected intersections and the implementation of enhanced bus service.

  • Alternative 3 – New Bus Rapid Transit Service in Dedicated Curb Lanes (where feasible): Consist of widening or repurposing existing travel lanes and shoulders to provide dedicated, curb-running bus lanes and a new BRT service. Improvements would be limited to areas where bus service speed can be improved with only minor right-of-way (ROW) impacts.

  • 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. 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.

Alternative 2.5 At the urging of the Montgomery County Council, the project team combined elements of Alternatives 2 and 3, into a new alternative referred to as Alternative 2.5. Alternative 2.5 combines the runningway of Alternative 2 with the BRT service improvements of Alternative 3.

On June 13, 2017, the Montgomery County Council voted to support Alternative 2.5 as the recommended alternative and to retain Alternative 3 for the master plan option. By retaining Alternative 3 as the master plan alternative, this allows the County to reserve the necessary right-of-way along Veirs Mill Road as properties are redeveloped. Additional details may be viewed in the June 14, 2017 Viers Mill Road CAC Presentation, delivered at the meeting.

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

Project Type:

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2011 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 7/24/2017


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