Montgomery County residents will have three opportunities over the next 10 days to learn more about plans for bus rapid transit along the Route 29 corridor.
Montgomery County planners have mounted a big push to roll out high-speed bus service along several key roads in the county. Officials will present plans at an open house on March 15, and then again on March 20 and 21.
The open houses will focus on plans for BRT along Route 29, from the Burtonsville Park N’ Ride to the Silver Spring Transit Center.
Here’s a look at what BRT service on Route 29 would feature:
-Two routes during peak commuting time and one off-peak route.
-During peak times, buses would run every 7 minutes. They would run every 15 minutes during other periods.
-Buses would run from 5 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week.
-At 15 intersections along Route 29, traffic signals would be programmed to give signal priority for buses. In this case, green lights would be extended or red lights would be shortened if a bus is approaching.
-In the northern section of Route 29, buses would use existing bus-on-shoulder lanes. In the southern section, buses would operate in mixed traffic. (This southern section includes Lockwood Drive, Stewart Lane, Briggs Chaney Road, and Castle Boulevard.)
The entire idea behind bus rapid transit it is that it would offer a relatively low-cost way to take cars off the road and speed movement of commuters. Buses would be equipped with wi-fi and USB ports.
Montgomery County has also pitched BRT for the MD-355 and Veirs Mill Corridors, and recently said it wants to explore service along New Hampshire Avenue.
Open House Details:
Thursday, March 15 - 6:30 p.m. - Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring.
Tuesday, March 20 - 6:30 p.m. - White Oak Community Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring.
Wednesday, March 21 - 6:30 p.m. Blair High School. 51 University Boulevard East, Silver Spring.