Montgomery County recently introduced upgraded dedicated bus lanes at its Germantown transit center.
County Executive Marc Elrich and County Council Member Craig Rice recently introduces new dedicated bus lanes at the Germantown Transit Center. The lanes, which have been painted red and are located on Crystal Rock Drive, Century Boulevard and Aircraft Drive, allow buses easy access to the transit center.
According to the press release:
“It’s important to our environmental, economic and equity efforts that we continually improve our bus service,” said Montgomery County Executive Elrich. “Bus-only lanes help support faster, safer and more reliable public transit and will help us encourage residents to ditch their cars and take the bus. Drivers should be aware that when they see a lane painted red in Montgomery County, they are for bus use only. . . .
“Having a fast and reliable bus system in place is so important to achieving our equity goals,” said Council Member Craig Rice. “Our bus passengers are 80% people of color and nearly half have household incomes under $30,000. MCDOT is planning many new upcoming transit projects and I encourage community members to seek ways to get involved and provide feedback to help influence our growing transit system.
Other jurisdictions have had great success using red pavement markings to improve bus lane compliance and increase bus speeds. Red bus lanes installed in Washington, DC, Baltimore, New York, Chicago, San Diego County and elsewhere improved bus operations. A special paint containing glass particles is used to create a high friction surface. The glass also helps filter out UV rays, adding to the longevity of the color.
The Germantown Transit Center has six bus bays serving eight routes. More than 1,900 people board buses at the Transit Hub each day. The center had an average of 2,700 people on board before the start of the COVID-19 health crisis.
Read the full press release.