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For Immediate Release:

Maryland and Montgomery County DOTs to Host Open Houses
on MD 355 Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Planning Study 

April 22, 2016

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), will host two open houses where the public can learn more and provide input on plans to develop Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the MD 355 corridor from Bethesda to Clarksburg.
 
WHEN/WHERE:      
 
Thursday, April 28, 2016                                          Tuesday, May 3, 2016           
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                                               6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria        Gaithersburg High School Cafeteria
4301 East-West Highway                                         101 Education Boulevard       
Bethesda, MD 20814                                                Gaithersburg, MD  20877
 
The same information will be available at each session.  The public can stop by at any time during the designated hours. 
 
WHY:            
Stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet the project team and learn about how BRT looks and works; the study process and schedule; existing area conditions; and the draft preliminary purpose and need statement.  Public involvement is vital to address community concerns and offer the opportunity to participate in the decision process.
 
WHAT:          
MCDOT is studying BRT jointly with MDOT’s Transit Administration and State Highway Administration. BRT would greatly increase high-quality transit service to the county’s most densely developed areas – areas planned for redevelopment and areas planned for new dense development.  BRT offers a cost-effective and versatile way for communities to meet their transit needs. It uses well-planned bus routes and facilities that enable high-speed travel at a lower cost than other forms of transit.
 
Project information is available online (MD 355 North and MD 355 South) or by calling the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) Corridor Manager at 410-767-1380, toll-free at 866-743-3682 or TTY at 410-539-3497.
 
MTA encourages residents to submit questions or comments by email to md355brt@mta.maryland.gov or by mail to MTA, 6 St. Paul Street, Suite 902, Baltimore, Md. 21202.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Maryland Transit Administration – Sandy Arnette, 410-767-8367           
Montgomery County PIO – Lorraine Driscoll, 240-777-6507
 

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