Corridor Cities Transitway/I-270 US15 Multi-modal Corridor Study
From the Maryland Transit Administration and Maryland State Highway Administration:
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will conduct public hearings on the I-270/US 15 Multi-Modal Corridor Study on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers Way, Gaithersburg, MD and on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Monocacy Middle School, 8009 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD. An open house begins at 5 p.m., followed by public testimony at 7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation.
The Multi-Modal Corridor Study is a joint MTA and SHA project that extends from the Shady Grove Metrorail Station in Montgomery County north to the US 15/Biggs Ford Road intersection area in Frederick County. The project concerns proposed modifications to I-270 and US 15 and the construction of the Corridor Cities Transitway, which extends 14 miles from the Shady Grove Metrorail Station in Rockville to the COMSAT facility south of Clarksburg.
The purpose of the open house portion of the public hearings is to discuss the study’s new developments since SHA’s June 2002 public hearings and describe the associated highway and transit impacts. Beginning at 5 p.m., maps and other exhibits depicting the studied alternatives will be on display. Agency representatives will be available throughout the open house to answer questions.
Welcome and introductions begin at 7 p.m., followed by public testimony about the project and the Alternative Analysis/Environmental Assessment document. The time limit for testimony for the public record will be three minutes per person. Testimony can also be provided privately to a court reporter or written on comment cards. A Spanish-language interpreter will be present to assist as needed.
For additional information visit www.i270multimodalstudy.com or call the State Highway Administration at 1-800-548-5026 or the Maryland Transit Administration at 410-767-1380.
On September 24 the Maryland Transit Administration gave a briefing to the Montgomery County House and Senate Delegations and the Mayors and City Councils of Gaithersburg and Rockville on the status of the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT). Below is a copy of the presentation that was delivered.
The concept for the CCT dates back to the 1964 General Plan for Montgomery County. The Transitway is a light rail or rapid bus transit system that will link the Shady Grove Metro Red Line Station to Clarksburg. Once completed, this Transitway will remove thousands of cars from I-270 on a daily basis.
The Corridor Cities Transitway is currently part of the I-270/US15 Multi-Modal Corridor Study that is nearing completion. It is expected that the Environmental Assessment and Alternative Analysis for this project will be completed this fall, with the goal of the State seeking Federal Transportation funds from the Federal Transit Administration next year.
Montgomery County and the Cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville have been carefully planning for the Corridor Cities Transitway for many years. A significant portion of the right-of-way for the alignment has been dedicated to various governmental entities and is available for construction at no cost to the public. Additionally, land has been set aside for construction of transit stations and parking garages for commuters.