March 23, 2017

Get On Board with Bus Rapid Transit

Montgomery County residents, workers and visitors need better ways to get around. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a new mode of transportation coming to Montgomery County that will help relieve the frustration and stress that many drivers face. Driven on the street, often in its own lane on busy roads, it will make fewer stops than a traditional bus so you can get where you need to go quicker. For the latest updates on the BRT check out


  1. So once these stations are built. What does that mean for the routes on the other side of the streets. Will they still be bus stops on the other side of the street.

  2. So once these stations are built. What does that mean for the routes on the other side of the streets. Will they still be bus stops on the other side of the street.

  3. The Truth about Bad Bus Transit

    More buses is a blatant denial of climate change and environmental pollution. The concept of fuelish buses as beneficial is deniably false. Montgomery County has given no equal opportunity to explore 100% electric clean reliable streetcar transit. The county is the 14th wealthiest county in the wealthiest nation on the planet but can't possibly afford the real benefits of a surface rail transit system. Instead, it always looks for the most deplorable public transit relying on fuel hardy buses.

    All over the USA clean electric streetcars are making a strong comeback. Streetcars are good transit, good for the environment and good for the economy. Streetcars have half the operating costs of very labor intensive buses, are 100% clean - the electric power can be derived in many clean ways - and are far more attractive as public transportation and can last 50 years or more. All over Europe streetcars play an important part of transit in cities, towns and villages. But Montgomery County has turned a blind eye, a deaf ear, and a dead brain to any such consideration. Its transit mindset is that of a 3rd world country. Montgomery County has never given a fair shake to an honest feasibilty study for its major transit corridors, especially in the I-270 corridor.

    The Purple Line [if ever built] has taken years and untold hours of planning and still is only half, approx. 8 miles, within Montgomery County. That alone is not a surface rail transit system. It is amazing that during the tormented birth of the Purple Line cities like Charlotte, NC, Denver, Co, Houston, Tx, Dallas, Tx, Phoenix, Az, San Jose, San Diego, Sacramento, CA, etc. have planned, financed, built, operate and extended their light rail systems. Let's not forget about the Baltimore Light Rail, or the New Jersey River Line and Hudson Bergen Light Rail Lines. But, lacking the desire, know how, and transparency to the public, Montgomery County tries to hard to pull the wool over its uneducated transit public's eyes by its dishonest uneducated "transit" officials claiming buses are just like rail but on rubber tires. Anyone spewing that nonsense will also claim monkeys can fly and the earth is the center of the universe.

    Has any transit official in Montgomery County ever mentioned the possibility of all electric buses, aka trackless trolleys as a step up from polluting fuelish buses? Would it be too difficult for any Montgomery Cty official to visit a place like Zurich, Switzerland to see one of the best transit systems in the world using many streetcar lines and electric buses? Of course not, but they have the chutzpah to go to faraway places to see only 3rd world buses. While we must endure the Trump administration follies on the national level, when it comes to local transit Montgomery County officials are no better and falsely support more bad bus transit. And most of the time on public declarations they leave out the word BUS - too many letters to obfuscate the real facts. Have ANY of these "transit" experts gone to an industry event that showcases rail? Apparently not, they wouldn't know when and where to find it.

    George Barsky

  4. Regarding the Bus Rapid Transit plans along MD-586/Viers Mill Road--
    A better alternative: Adding an Express-bus service along MD-586 (such as the proposed Q-9 express bus between Wheaton & Rockville metro stations) could be up & running for $2-$3 million, instead of the almost $300 million it will take to build the BRT along MD-586/Viers Mill Rd. An express bus would not require any additional road infrastructure. However, the BRT would take over & remove the existing service roads along MD-586/Viers Mill Rd, which would severely impact the low-moderately priced homes along that stretch of road, making it extremely unsafe for homeowners, and take away their ability to park in front of their own homes. Service roads are there for a reason, and are not just “consuming a significant part of the roadway”, as the BRT webpage so arrogantly states!

  5. When will the Q9 express bus be implemented, as recommended in the final-draft of MontgCo Planning Dept’s Viers Mill corridor study? The final-version Nov.2016 study recommended: “Within the next 1 – 2 years, fund the proposed Q9 supplemental limited stop bus service, as previously recommended by WMATA….” The Q9 express bus would run between Wheaton and Rockville metro stops.


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