Recap - CCT Updates

Posted Date: 
January 12, 2016

Guest Speaker: Rick Kiegel, Project Manager, CCT, MTA, Office of Planning
Topic: CCT Updates

January 12, 2016 Recap  

The vice-chair of the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, Gus Bauman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., welcomed MCCC members and welcomed guest speaker, Rick Kiegel, a contractor on assignment to MTA for the last 11 years, and Gary Erenrich, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, to discuss updates and the potential impact of the Corridor Cities Transitway. 

Mr. Kiegel began by reviewing some history of the project, including an I-270/US 15 multi-modal study that included relief from transit options.  There was a grand vision for the I-270 corridor from Montgomery to Frederick Counties. Due to budget constraints, break out projects including the Watkins Mill Interchange and the CCT, which Montgomery County had already conceived, were pursued separately.

Mr. Kiegel reviewed the alignment for both Phase I and Phase II of the project which in its totality extends from Shady Grove Metro to the Comsat site just south of Clarksburg. He went into further detail on the features of the stations and crossings for the Phase I portion of the project.

The project is at about 30% design and fully funded for final design. There is no money in the six year capital plan for construction dollars.  If the funding does come available, construction could start in 2018 with an opening in 2021.

There are Advisory Committees that have helped to review the details of the project. This information will help shape new cost estimates and find ways to reduce the overall cost.

There are various options to consider for operating and maintenance.

Gary Erenrich added to the presentation by highlighting the interrelated nature of many of these capital projects including I-270 improvements and the Watkins Mill Interchange.  For the CCT, the MTA will submit an application to be considered as part of the federal New Starts program with the hope that the project will be included in the 2017 report.

Both Mr. Kiegel and Mr. Erenrich spoke of the importance of recognizing the context of where you are operating and answered questions from the attendees.

The power point is available upon request. Please contact Ilaya Hopkins at ihopkins@mcccmd.com. 

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