Montgomery County is hosting a series of open houses over the next month to outline efforts to bring rapid bus service along Route 355, Route 29 and other main corridors.

The County is seeking support for a Bus Rapid Transit plan that it says could take 90 cars off the road for every bus in the system. The county and state are studying the use of buses along US 29 through Howard County, Route 355 between Clarksburg and Bethesda; Route 586 (Veirs Mill Road) between Rockville and Wheaton; and the Corridor Cities Transitway from the Metropolitan Grove MARC station to the Shady Grove Metro station. The Route 29 route is expected to be the first to open, as soon as 2020. Funding for the route was provided in part from a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Here’s the schedule of open houses:

  • January 22, 7 p.m. - Clarksburg High School
  • January 24, 7 p.m. - Gaithersburg High School
  • February 1, 7 p.m. - Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

The idea behind bus rapid transit is that buses will use existing roads, often with dedicated lanes. Buses will have limited stops, and will get green light priority signaling to reduce travel times. Buses will also be equipped with WiFi and USB ports.