Following a shortfall in gas tax revenue of $746 million below projections, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has removed all funding for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) from its draft Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), according to The Washington Post.
The dedicated busway has been planned since 2000. The first 9-mile segment would connect the Shady Grove Metro station with the Metropolitan Branch MARC commuter rail station in upper Montgomery County, relieving congestion along the I-270 corridor. Delaying the project is anticipated to save the state $78 million. MDOT is currently soliciting bids for $100 million worth of congestion relief work along I-270. Prior to this recent action, the project had been funded to complete design and purchase right-of-way, with construction scheduled for 2019 and ridership begininng in 2022.