CCT Team Meets with Washingtonian Woods Community
At the invitation of the Washingtonian Woods Home Owners Association, MTA presented an update on the CCT project in a Town Hall style meeting on January 30, 2013. The meeting was attended by nearly 75 residents from four area communities including Washingtonian Woods, The Vistas at Washingtonian Woods, The Oaks at Washingtonian Woods and Mission Hills. The discussion covered a range of topics of interest to members of these communities including noise analysis and mitigation, traffic and operations on Muddy Branch Road, pedestrian safety and access to stations, community cohesion and impacts. The presentation included a number of graphic and visual depictions of the CCT alignment using Google Earth aerial maps of these communities as well as a computerized model to illustrate future traffic operations in the area and particularly at roadway intersection. Attendees also included Rockville Mayor Sydney Katz, County Council member Phil Andrews and a number of other county and city government officials. Click here to view the materials presented at the meeting.
New Bus Rapid Transit System to be a first for Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, MD (MAY 11, 2012) – Governor Martin O'Malley announced today that the locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) will be Maryland's first Bus Rapid Transit system operating along a 15-mile north-south corridor from the Shady Grove Metrorail station to the COMSAT facility near Clarksburg in Montgomery County, MD. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will now submit the project to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) under its New Starts Program as the MTA prepares for the preliminary engineering phase of the project.
"The CCT Bus Rapid Transit line will provide easy, accessible, cost efficient transportation for Montgomery County's neighborhoods" said Governor O'Malley. "This north-south transitway line will reduce our dependence on cars as we continue our goal to double public transit use by 2020. The CCT will support nearly 15,000 jobs in the corridor, help facilitate smart growth through mixed used development and it can be built in a timely manner." More...
CCT on the Move
Since the public comment period for the Supplemental Environmental Assessment ended on February 1, 2011, MTA and its team of consultants have been busy preparing for the selection of the locally preferred alternative. We have been out in the community providing briefings and presentations to interested parties. In response to public concerns raised by the King Farm community, the team completed a feasibility study of potential alternatives to operating along King Farm Boulevard from the Shady Grove Metrorail Station near the King Farm Community. This study was completed during the summer of 2011. A meeting with the community to discuss the findings was held last fall. In addition, the engineering team has been focused on refining conceptual designs of the alignment and stations to better assess project limits of disturbance and coordinate designs with developers at stations in which development is being actively planned and constructed. Lastly, much of 2011 and 2012 has been spent testing and preparing the travel forecasting model for estimations of ridership and travel performance, in close consultation with the Federal Transit Administration. The modifications to design concepts and travel forecasting tools and analysis of ridership projections provided additional information for the choice of the LPA. Moving forward, the team will be focused on developing materials for entry into the Federal Transit Administration New Starts process later this year. There is much more to come! You can stay connected to the project on this website.