June 12, 2014

Bus Stop Improvement Program Enhances Safety, Accessibility at Nearly 3,000 Stops

An eight-year bus stop improvement program has enhanced Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility and pedestrian safety at 2,879 bus stops.

A survey of the County’s 5,400 stops identified 3,400 that needed some type of improvement.

Bus stop improvements have included construction of:
  • 1,246 ramps at 813 intersections; 
  • 79,240 square feet of sidewalk leading to bus stops; 
  • 161,647 square feet of five-by-eight-foot concrete pads at 2,400 bus stops; and 
  • 408 “knee walls” at sloped sites to prevent wheelchairs from rolling onto dangerous terrain and to provide seating for waiting passengers. 
In addition to ensuring ADA compliance, bus stop upgrades also reduce the distance to crosswalks, provide pedestrian refuge islands, establish connections to existing sidewalks, address slope issues and improve drainage.

The Department of Transportation (MCDOT) continues efforts to improve the remaining 500 bus stops. Upgrading these stops is more complex, because many are on roads not originally built to accommodate pedestrians. MCDOT is also improving about 600 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) stops and 900 stops shared between Metro and Ride On in Montgomery County.

Get more information from the news release.

6 comments:

  1. Large No Smoking signs should be posted at all County bus stops and shelters.

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    1. "No smoking" stickers have been placed on our current bus stop signs, and a new, larger bus stop sign is almost ready to hit the streets (literally…). The "no smoking" message on this latest version of the bus stop sign is larger than the decal on the current sign.

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  2. We badly need a cross-walk designation directly in front of the Wheaton Post Office. Lots of pedestrian traffic to reach parked customer cars across the street, U-turns by people driving away from he Post Office, cars entering and exiting from the strip mall next to the Post Office. Please take a look, get some photos or a pedestrian coun to verify my impressiion, and do a news item on the situation. --Bob Gary

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    1. Thank you for reporting on the situation in front of the Wheaton Post Office. That, indeed, can be a very busy/congested area. We will forward your comment and concerns to the appropriate division in the Dept. of Transportation.

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  3. excellent idea, now teach the bus drivers to ask people in the front of the bus who aren't handicapped that an elderly or handicapped person needs a seat and to please let them have one. i encounter this every time i get on the bus and people don't want to get up and stand. with four bad joints, the last thing i should be doing is standing on a bus knowing that if i fall i will break another bone.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your first-hand experience and for your suggestion to help rectify the situation. Your comment will be forwarded to the Division of Transit Services.

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