|New Bus Rapid Transit System to be a first for Maryland|
ANNAPOLIS, MD – 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 COMSAT facility near Clarksburg in Montgomery County, MD to the Shady Grove Metrorail station. 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...