Construction on Montgomery County’s Bus Rapid Transit Line is Underway

The 14-mile-long route for the county’s premier Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line is expected to improve public transportation along gridlocked Route 29.

The BRT aims to shorten travel times through the use of dedicated travel lanes and fewer stops. Two additional routes, Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike, are currently under study.

From The Washington Post:

The system, branded Flash, is scheduled to debut in 2020, offering more frequent service on new “clean diesel” buses, which officials say are more spacious, comfortable and fuel-efficient than the older buses in the county’s fleet. Each stop along the route will be equipped with real-time bus arrival displays and a preboarding payment system.

The 14-mile route, to include 11 stations between downtown Silver Spring and Burtonsville, will be the first in a comprehensive network of as many as 10 BRT lines that the county first envisioned in 2013. The estimated cost of the project is $31.5 million, $10 million of which will be covered by a federal grant.

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