Infrastructure and Land Use Committee Studies Bus Rapid Transit

Posted Date: 
June 14, 2011


From Right: Gary Erenrich, Regional Transit Program Coordinator and Al Roshdieh, Deputy Director Montgomery County Department of Transportation

Led by Committee Vice-Chair Gus Bauman, Beveridge and Diamond, P.C., the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee heard from Al Roshdieh, Deputy Director and Gary Erenrich, Regional Transit Program Coordinator from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. Roshdieh and Erenrich discussed the County Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) feasibility study, which was completed by PB America.

Erenrich stepped the committee through a presentation on bringing BRT to Montgomery County. BRT is defined many ways including having larger capacity busses that have dedicated lanes to move through traffic faster. The study looked at 16 corridors that interconnect with other regional transit such as the metro, purple line, and corridor cities transitway.  According to the estimates from the study, BRT would generate 50,000 new transit trips daily and would have total daily boardings of between 150,000-190,000 people. Erenrich discussed the logistics involved in developing a BRT system including infrastructure investments and changes to traffic patterns.

Roshdieh explained that the study is preliminary and that the County’s transportation task force will be examining financing and other details of how BRT could be implemented in Montgomery County. He explained that if actualized in the current form, this would be the largest BRT system in the United States.

The total capital cost of the project is estimated at $2.5 billion and operational costs between $144-$173 million in 2040 dollars.

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