Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has recommended a big boost in spending on road maintenance as well as $50 million for bus rapid transit under the proposed capital budgets released this week.
The county executive announced his proposed capital spending for fiscal year 2019 and the six-year capital improvement program (CIP). The six-year budget calls for $166.1 million for maintenance and resurfacing of side streets and arterial roads, a 28 percent increase from the previous budget.
Other transportation-related highlights include:
- $106.2 million to be spend over six years on traffic improvements. This is an increase of $22.5 million, or 27 percent, from the previous CIP budget. It includes increases in spending on intersection improvements, traffic signals, and pedestrian safety programs.
- An increase of $34.4 million, or 18 percent, in highway funding over six years, bringing the total spent to $225 million.
- $49.3 million to fund bus rapid transit along Route 355 and Route 29. It also allows for the study of bus rapid transit on eight other corridors, including Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road.
- A decline of $27.5 million, or 12.6 percent, in spending on pedestrian and bike projects.