Afternoon Poll: What Would It Take For You To Ride BRT?

by Aaron Kraut — June 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm 249 5 Comments

Proposed South MD 355 BRT corridor, via Montgomery County Planning DepartmentA Master Plan that would set up a Bus Rapid Transit system in Montgomery County is a few significant steps away from completion. The actual installation of the system will likely take a lot longer.

But there has already been a wealth of controversy about the idea of repurposing lanes (including on Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue) exclusively for buses.

So we ask you: Would you use a Bus Rapid Transit system? What factors would lead you to use a Bus Rapid Transit system? Or do you plan to stick to a personal vehicle, Metro or existing bus services?

We’ve included a map of BRT stops along MD 355 as proposed in the Draft of the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. To view information on all 10 transitways, including one that would extend from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station west to Montgomery Mall, view the plan.

The 14 proposed BRT stations on the South MD 355 corridor include MD 355 and Hubbard Drive (Montrose Crossing Shopping Center), the White Flint Metro station, MD 355 and Security Lane (White Flint Mall), the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station, MD 355 and Pooks Hill Road, MD 355 and Cedar Lane, the Medical Center Metro station, MD 355 and Cordell Avenue, the Bethesda Metro station, Bradley Boulevard and MD 355 and the Friendship Heights Metro station.

  • lisalon

    Whoever wrote this survey should have first included a question asking what the respondent’s main method of transportation is (car v public transport). I don’t think it will be much of an issue getting people without cars to use BRT, the main issue seems to be if people will give up driving to work for BRT.

  • Steve Thornton

    Yep, I have a problem with this survey. What about distance from home? What about price, efficiency, quality, etc.? And most importantly, why would I only pick one?

  • imppress

    Just having existing lines provide Express service would be a good start with minimal cost. Standard buses take triple the time to get anywhere. Have the Q2, for example, stop at Silver Spring, Wheaton metro, Stoney Mill Square, Rockville Metro and Shady Grove. 5 stops, not 50. NY subways would have a lot fewer riders if there were no express trains.

    The 203 ICC bus to Medical center is marvelous, but at $7/day is a bit steep, especially since Columbia riders pay the exact same fare.

  • survey design is important

    The questions in this survey are really poorly designed — the results aren’t going to be valid or reliable, in addition to some of points raised below. I don’t think the results are going to tell you anything useful. Consult with someone who knows something about good survey design next time. Thanks for asking though!

  • Bethesda

    This poll presumes the ridership from BRT is already living and/or commuting in the county (and reads this blog). BRT is needed to enable transit-oriented growth throughout the county. Residents of new housing built near the BRT will be vastly less likely to drive; they will pay a premium for housing that has transit access (a smaller premium than people already pay to be near metrorail) if the BRT system is well built. Many other county residents will change their commuting behavior but it won’t be until the system is built provides a good quality of service, and many drivers will only switch to BRT if car lanes are switched to bus only lanes. So this poll can’t really measure ridership since the new housing that should be built near BRT does not yet exist, and the people who are most likely to ride a new BRT system may not yet already live near that BRT system, and they would therefore not think to answer this question since their current homes are not likely near the (as yet unbuilt) BRT stops.


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