Leaders of Rockville and Gaithersburg will hold a discussion Wednesday night at City Hall with Montgomery County officials, regarding the county's Bus Rapid Transit plan. Much about BRT remains sketchy in detail, with no funding source yet identified, no credible ridership forecasts, and the potential for extensive property condemnations throughout the proposed network.
A photo op event at the Montgomery County Fair last summer backfired when the bus on display turned out to look like any ordinary, articulated Metrobus in service today in the DC area - not the futuristic, railcar-like vehicle BRT boosters promised. And there's no getting around the fact that the current plan to take lanes from cars on Rockville Pike will reduce automobile capacity on that already-congested road by 33%.
Wednesday night's meeting will be held at 7:00 PM in the Mayor and Council chambers, and also will be broadcast live on Rockville Channel 11.