Montgomery County Planning Board to hold Public Hearing on Corridor Forward: The I-270 Transit Plan on December 9

Public invited to provide testimony on the proposed plan for transit network along the I-270 corridor

Per Montgomery Planning:

Montgomery Planning will hold a public hearing for the Corridor Forward: The I-270 Transit Planon December 9 (starting at 6:30 p.m.).

The meeting will be held at the M-NCPPC Wheaton Headquarters, broadcast live online and will be available on demand after the meeting. Residents are invited to testify in person (vaccination proof is required) or virtually.

Sign up to testify for the December 9 Public hearing and learn more about testifying at the Planning Board. The public hearing was set on November 4 after a briefing to the Planning Board..

View the Public Hearing Draft of the Corridor Forward: I-270 Transit Plan.

The draft Plan, developed by the Montgomery County Planning Department, proposes a near-term transit network of dedicated bus lanes known as the Corridor Connectors that build on existing master planned projects, including the MD 355 and Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects, to serve communities and employment centers along the I-270 corridor. Additionally, Corridor Forward includes an ambitious long-term recommendation for an extension of Metrorail’s Red Line to further expand transit options along the I-270 corridor. This Draft Plan re-envisions the master planned Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) as the Corridor Connectors, a network of more buildable dedicated bus lanes which connect I-270 corridor communities to the county’s existing and planned rapid transit network.

Beyond the proposed network, Corridor Forward offers additional recommendations that support the proposed transit network and strengthen the potential to advance regional transit connectivity.

The Public Hearing Draft is the result of an iterative planning process, in which Planning staff:

  • Compared transit vehicle attributes and inventoried transit options that could serve the I-270 Corridor.
  • Completed a pre-screening analysis, which evaluated the initial list of inventoried transit options based on indicators such as travel time, population access, job access, ability to accommodate growth and equitable access and advanced six transit options for detailed analysis.
  • Refined and analyzed the six transit options, including an evaluation of strategic metrics, economic and financial outlook, and potential implementation challenges and risks.
  • Completed additional evaluation on combinations of the six transit options to inform the development of the Plan’s recommendations.

The draft Plan is a product of more than two years of transportation analysis, stakeholder coordination and community outreach.

Updated Corridor Forward Plan Schedule

The community will have the opportunity to continue to provide comment and testimony through the Planning Board process.

  • December 9 – Planning Board Public Hearing
  • December 16 – Anticipated Planning Board work session #1
  • December 23 – Anticipated work session #2 and Planning Board vote to transmit to County Council

About the Corridor Forward Plan

The goal of Corridor Forward is to comprehensively evaluate, prioritize and advance transit options in the I-270 corridor area that achieve the best combination of the following values, consistent with the Planning Board Draft of Thrive Montgomery 2050:

  • Strategic Connections: Serve high-demand origin and destination pairs, balancing costs of implementation with projected benefits.
  • Economic Health: Enable existing development and master-planned communities to realize their potential as livable and economically vibrant places.
  • Community Equity: Align with the county’s social equity goals and principles.
  • Environmental Resilience: Operate sustainably and reduce negative environmental impacts.

To create the plan, Montgomery Planning has worked with state and county agencies, neighboring jurisdictions, county municipalities, advocacy groups, and community members as we analyzed and prioritized transit options to develop the Public Hearing Draft. Montgomery Planning has engaged community members about their needs and values related to transit through the Corridor Forward Plan’s Transit Values Questionnaire and Transit Stories campaign.

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