PROJECT OVERVIEW

  • The Viers Mill Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project will design and construct a new FLASH Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on Veirs Mill Road (MD 586) between the Wheaton and Rockville Metrorail Stations.
  • Planning conducted by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) resulted in a Recommended Alternative in late 2017. The Recommended Alternative includes queue jumps for use by BRT and other buses at congested intersections along the corridor, new BRT stations with level boarding and off-board payment, Transit Signal Priority, purchase of new 60-foot articulated vehicles, and other associated pedestrian and bicycle improvements along the corridor. The study retains curbside dedicated lanes as the long-term BRT alternative for Veirs Mill Road.
  • The Project is funded for Preliminary Design in the County Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023.

PROJECT INFORMATION

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is planning to design and construct a FLASH Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along Veirs Mill Road (MD 586).

The project will transform mobility options with the implementation of a 7-mile, premium, branded, limited-stop BRT service along Veirs Mill Road. This new service will improve transit travel time and increase opportunity for a broad range of users, including a significant number of minority and low-income riders living along a highly congested corridor. The project will improve passenger transit mobility by connecting riders to high density housing and employment centers. The Veirs Mill Road corridor experiences some of the highest existing transit volumes in Montgomery County and for that reason has long been considered for transit enhancements.

FLASH features and amenities include:

  • Frequent, reliable service
  • Dedicated lanes, where feasible
  • New, enhanced vehicles accommodate bicycles onboard and are equipped with WiFi and USB ports
  • New, comfortable stations that provide weather protection, pre-payment stations, and real-time transit information (via message boards)
  • Community-friendly design with enhanced pedestrian and bicycle features
  • Level boarding through all doors, allowing for easy boarding and alighting for all riders, including those in wheelchairs
  • Transit Signal Priority (TSP) to support faster, more reliable BRT operations

Other FLASH routes in the county that are currently being planned or implemented include:

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RELIABLE Frequent service, dedicated lanes, and green light priority signaling keep FLASH vehicles moving.

EFFICIENT One FLASH vehicle can take up to 90 cars off the road, making our transportation network more efficient and your commute easier.

CLEAN FLASH reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, making our air cleaner.

COMFORTABLE New FLASH stations will feature real-time travel info and provide a place for you to wait comfortably and pay your fare before boarding.

COST-EFFECTIVE You can save money by riding FLASH instead of driving a car.