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Montgomery County Council to hold public hearing on Tuesday, April 18, on proposed BRT line for U.S. 29

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Montgomery Council reschedules

public hearing for

U.S. 29 BRT project

for Tuesday, April 18

 

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 22, 2017—The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on County Executive Isiah Leggett’s proposed plan for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line for the U.S. 29 corridor starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Rockville. The meeting was originally scheduled for March 21, but was rescheduled to allow for more information on the plan to be made available.

 

The public hearing will be held in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The hearing will be will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. The session also will be available live via streaming through the Council web site at http://tinyurl.com/z9982v8 .

 

BRT is a type of public transit in which specialized vehicles run on roadways—often on dedicated paths—that help avoid regular vehicle traffic. The County is considering several proposed lines.

 

The U.S. 29 BRT line would run between Burtonsville and Industrial Parkway in a dedicated lane, and from Industrial Parkway to Downtown Silver Spring in mixed traffic. BRT vehicles are larger and are boarded directly from higher-level platforms. They will make fewer stops than traditional buses, making commuting quicker.

More information on the County’s BRT program is available at: http://getonboardbrt.com/

 

Those interested in testifying at the public hearing can sign up online at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/phsignup.html or by calling 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17. Call 240-777-7910 to obtain copies of the bill or go to http://tinyurl.com/z6jon45 .

 

 

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Release ID: 17-096
Media Contact: Neil Greenberger , 240-777-7939 , Delphine Harriston 240-777-7931