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Transportation planners in the Functional Planning and Policy Division:
Planners are working on a functional plan on countywide transit corridors to improve accessibility and mobility throughout Montgomery County. The transit corridors study recommends corridors for inclusion in the Master Plan of Highways, based on projected ridership, as well as identifying right-of-way needs.
The Midcounty Highway (M-83) was first listed in Montgomery County’s Master Plan of Highways in the 1960s and was planned to extend from Ridge Road (MD 27) in Clarksburg to Redland Road in Derwood as an 8.7-mile, controlled access, four to six-lane major highway. Over the years, a three mile segment of Midcounty Highway was constructed, between Shady Grove Road and Montgomery Village Avenue.
MCDOT prepared a Purpose and Need Statement in November 2004 analyzing eleven potential alternative alignments which were subsequently refined to the five “Build” alternatives and one “No-Build” alternative. These “Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study” (ARDS) were further detailed and anticipated impacts are documented in the May 2013 Draft Environmental Effects Report.
The Planning Board will consider the alternatives presented in the Environmental Effects Report document and make a recommendation to the County Council in October, 2013. See the Planning Board agenda for the date and time of the Planning Board’s discussion.
Montgomery County's traffic congestion has remained at the same level for the 2009-2011 period, according to the 2011 Mobility Assessment Report, a bi-annual study by county transportation planners that monitors local transportation trends. The 2013 report is in preparation and will be presented to the Planning Board in the Fall of 2013.
Transportation planners have drafted a Bicycle Heat Map to help the Planning Board and other policy-makers prioritize where to invest in bicycle routes and support facilities. The tool predicts where demand for bike commuting, errands, or other non-recreation trips is greatest. Learn more
The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda is undergoing expansion as part of the federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. State and county transportation agencies are undertaking nine transportation studies and projects to alleviate the impact of the medical center expansion. Learn more
Planners have posted an interactive, user-friendly intersection analysis for anyone interested in countywide intersection traffic counts, and critical lane volumes.
State transportation officials are studying a new transit line — the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) — that would extend from the Shady Grove Metrorail Station to Clarksburg. The CCT could become bus or light rail service serving the I-270 corridor. Planners, who see the CCT as a lynchpin for community plans in Germantown and Gaithersburg West, use the CCT station as focal points for clustering houses, jobs, and retail near transit to support uptown activity centers and lessen reliance on automobiles.
LATR/TPAR guidelines help ensure that development in Montgomery County is accompanied by appropriate, sufficient transportation facilities. The Planning Board and planning staff use the guidelines to estimate the impacts of development on the transportation network and determine effective ways to mitigate that impact. Learn more and download guidelines
Montgomery County’s Subdivision Staging Policy guides the timing of development and the provision of adequate public services. The policy implements a 1973 law, the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, that directs development to areas where public services are in place. The Planning Board helps ensure basic amenities like roads, transit and schools for current and future residents through the Subdivision Staging Policy, which guides matches growth to the availability of public services.
Date of last update: August 5, 2013