Transit Alternatives to Mid-County Highway Extended

Council Chairman Requests McDOT To Study Transit-Alternative to M83

May 12, 2014
Mr. Isiah Leggett
County Executive
101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Dear County Executive Leggett,
​As Chair of the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee, I am writing to request that under your direction, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation study the development of a transit-based alternative to the Mid-County Highway Extended, otherwise known as M83.
The focus of the initial Clarksburg Master Plan was to develop a transit-oriented community.  To that extent, the study, when undertaken by the Department of Transportation, should examine alternatives that would utilize existing roadways, comprehensive traffic moving strategies, such as signal timing and intersection improvements, and various combinations of transit options. 
            One such transit option that I request be included in the study should be a Bus Rapid Transit line running from Clarksburg to Bethesda, which would utilize the cross-section of Alternative 5.  This alternative called for a widened MD-355. This would mean not having bus service lanes, but instead a median corridor in which buses would travel. This approach is similar to Rockville Pike South approach where the Department of Transportation had originally planned bus service lanes, but altered their plans to median corridors.
            Other alternatives for consideration include express bus service along I-270 to the MARC and Shady Grove Metro, and all day, two-way service on at least the inner portion of the Brunswick Line. This approach would be concurrent with MARC’s Growth and Investment plan.
This study must also address and answer important questions about how transit alternatives would be impacted following the completion of the Clarksburg Town Center and what effects this may have on the estimated number of daily trips. It is also extremely important that this study take into account and model the Corridor Cities Transitway and its impact on Clarksburg’s development.
Thank you again for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your response to this issue.

                                                     Roger Berliner
                                                     Transportation, Infrastructure
                                                     Energy & Environment Committee

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