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City of Rockville Staying Engaged on State and County Bus Rapid Transit Studies

Example of a BRT stationA county and state effort to improve traffic mobility throughout Montgomery County continues to move ahead, with Rockville helping to define how key areas in the city should be addressed. The new high-capacity bus rapid transit (BRT) routes being studied by the county and state that pass through Rockville include Route 355 (Rockville Pike) and Veirs Mill Road.

What is Bus Rapid Transit?

Bus rapid transit (BRT) is considered a cost-effective and versatile way for communities to meet their transit needs. It uses well-planned bus routes and facilities with characteristics similar to light rail but at a lower price. BRT features:
  • frequent all-day service;
  • operation in dedicated travel lanes;
  • pre-boarding fare collection;
  • distinctive stations and vehicles; 
  • real-time passenger information; and
  • vehicles with level boarding and wide doors for easy access.


Status Report to Mayor and Council on BRT Corridor Studies
August 5, 2016

The following report is an update to the Mayor and Council on the status of BRT corridor studies currently underway by the State of Maryland and Montgomery County.

Download the BRT Status Report to the Mayor and Council

Attachment A Attachment D Attachment G Attachment J
Attachment B Attachment E Attachment H  
Attachment C Attachment F Attachment I  


City's Town Center / BRT Study

A Mayor and Council work session on this study was held on February 8, 2016 with the City’s consultant team and with representatives from Holland and Knight, advisors to the City on federal issues.

Watch a video recording of the work session

View the work session staff report and meeting material

The city conducted a study to explore possible design solutions for bringing BRT into the Rockville Town Center area. Here you will find the final study report and attachments.

Download the Rockville BRT Town Center Integration Study Report (5 MB)

Attachment A (<1 MB) Attachment D (<1 MB)
Attachment G (11 MB) Attachment J (<1 MB)
Attachment B (35 MB)
Attachment E (16 MB)
Attachment H (5 MB)
Attachment C (28 MB)
Attachment F (38 MB)
Attachment I (<1 MB)
 

A presentation was made by the City’s consultant team to the Rockville Mayor and Council on September 28, 2015.

View the staff report for the Sept. 28, 2015 Mayor and Council meeting

View the PowerPoint presentation delivered at the meeting (10 MB)

Watch a video recording of the meeting

Inter-Agency Meeting
The Rockville Mayor and Council met with elected officials from Gaithersburg and Montgomery County on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building to discuss plans for establishing bus rapid transit corridors. The discussion also included an update on the Corridor Cities Transitway planning study. 

View the meeting video on County Cable Montgomery

View the staff report and meeting agenda for the inter-agency meeting


Montgomery County BRT Study Resources

Learn more about the other bus rapid transit corridor studies that Montgomery County and the State of Maryland are conducting at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rts.

Visit the Montgomery County Planning Department webpage for the Approved and Adopted Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan amendment at www.montgomeryplanning.org/transportation/highways/brt.shtm

Early this year, the county formed BRT Corridor Advisory Committees comprised of people who travel in or live near various transit corridors. They continue to meet to discuss design options for the Route 355 (Rockville Pike) and Veirs Mill Road routes and others in the county. To learn more about the committees, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/RTS/cacs.html.

Stay Tuned

You'll hear more in the coming months from the City of Rockville as city leaders work to keep Rockville's best interests top of mind for the county and state decision makers.

Questions? Email with "Bus Rapid Transit" in the subject line.