Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bus Rapid Transit in Montgomery County

                A map of the 11 proposed Bus Rapid Transit routes (click to expand)

Montgomery County is in the process of planning bus rapid transit (BRT) network to improve accessibility and mobility throughout Montgomery County. BRT is similar to light rail operations, but would run exclusively on modified county roads. BRT combines the speed and efficient travel of light rail with the cost-effectiveness and flexibility of buses. 

BRT can come in many different forms, and Montgomery County is planning on implementing different road designs for different corridors. Such designs include two-way medians, reversible medians, and dedicated curb lanes. Watch this video to learn more about the different BRT designs and what they look like.

Plans also call for implementing fare-card and system integration with existing and planned transit modes like WMATA, MARC, RideOn, Metro Bus and the Purple Line.

All successful BRT systems share these characteristics in common:
Dedicated Transit Lanes: Auto-free lanes running in center medians or along curbs to separate rapid transit vehicles from ordinary auto traffic.

Permanent, Modern Stations
: Convenient, clean stations offering off-board fare collection, real-time arrival information, and level boarding to reduce boarding times and keep passengers moving.

Signal Priority
: Priority for bus vehicles at intersections to avoid signal delay and commingling with auto traffic.

For more information check out this website and the accompanying video:

Website for Montgomery County Planning:

Common Features of BRT systems (Source: GAO)
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Advisory Board selects new leadership for 2014

A belated congratulations to the new officers of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board. At their January 13 meeting, Board members selected James A. "Jad" Donohoe as chair and Tara M. Flynn as vice chair of the Board for the 2014 calendar year

Jad Donohoe, a business representative on the Board, is a Senior Vice President of Donohoe Development, a division of The Donohoe Companies. Jad has worked on office, residential and hotel projects. Project credits in Montgomery County include North Bethesda's Sterling at the Metro Condominiums (2008), Bethesda's Gallery Bethesda project, the upcoming Silver Spring Library Residential project, and Bethesda's 8280 Wisconsin office building (now in pre-leasing). He is the fifth generation of the Donohoe family to work at The Donohoe Companies. Jad also serves on the Woodmont Triangle Action Group. Jad holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Boston College, and a Master's in Literature from the University of Virginia. Jad is an eighth-generation Washingtonian; he was raised in Bethesda.

Tara Flynn has lived in Montgomery County since 1997 and the Town of Garrett Park since 2003. She is an elected member of the Garrett Park Town Council. Tara is an attorney and mediator. Prior to starting her own practice, Tara worked as a staff attorney and manager at the Federal Trade Commission furthering its consumer protection mission and fighting fraud for over a decade. She joined Shaw Pittman (currently Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) as an associate in its litigation practice after graduating from the State University at Buffalo School of Law. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester.

Outgoing chair Marc Korman remains on the Board as a residential representative and member of the Board's Executive Committee, which sets the agenda for monthly meetings. Members of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board advise the County Executive and County Council on service needs and local priorities of residential and business consituents in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase, North Bethesda-Garrett Park, and Potomac Planning Areas and the City of Rockville. The next meeting of the Advisory Board is scheduled for February 24, 7pm, at the BCC Regional Services Center.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

County Executive Leggett presents recommended capital budget

Today, County Executive Leggett held a press conference to present his Recommended Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). Accompanying that budget is his FY15-20 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) which describes funding for projects over a six year period beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2020. Watch the event on YouTube

Here is a link to the press release and charts that summarize major points and projects in the CIP.

To go directly to the complete document, visit