Bus Rapid Transit Line Breaks Ground in Maryland

Maryland's new FLASH bus rapid transit line will cost $31 million, with $10 million in funding from a U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant. It's also the first bus rapid transit line in the state.
October 31, 2018, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Maryland officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to mark the start of construction for the state's first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line," reports Alessia Grunberger.

The new BRT line, called the FLASH, will run for 14 miles along U.S. 29, with 11 stations between Burtonsville and Silver Spring.

"Montgomery County officials say that each bus – which can carry as many as 90 riders – will operate more frequently and make fewer stops than existing Ride On buses. FLASH will run every seven-and-a-half minutes during rush hours and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours," according to Grunberger.

According to the FLASH website, additional routes are planned for Maryland Route 355 and Route 586.

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Published on Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Silver Spring Patch
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