2024 Technical Update
Well-planned transportation can be a real asset to a community’s quality of life—and the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways (MPOHT) ensures Montgomery County has a well-planned transportation system that best serves its residents, business owners, and visitors. This functional master plan guides the county’s investments in its roads and related transportation infrastructure. It is a comprehensive summary of all significant existing and planned highway and transitway infrastructure in Montgomery County. It provides a “road map” for making transportation investments in the county and includes provisions that impact all mode of transportation, like preserving rights-of-way to accommodate future transportation systems, identifying lanes dedicated to general traffic, designated transitways and transit stations, and designating the target speeds for individual roadways. This technical update will not make policy changes, but it will establish an approach to street design that will be used to make streets safer, more accessible and to improve walking, bicycling and transit conditions by incorporating the county’s Complete Street Design Guide.
The Scope of Work for the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Technical Update was approved by the Planning Board on September 21, 2023.
- Review of Street Type Designations
Reevaluate the classifications of all existing MPOHT roads to ensure that each road is accurately and contextually classified and consider adding new roads to the MPOHT.
- Review of Target Speeds
Identify target speeds for all MPOHT roads where no target speed is currently recommended and consider adjustments to target speeds on MPOHT roads where the recommended target speed differs from the target speed identified in the Complete Streets Design Guide.
- Development of a New Approach to Street Design along Growth Corridors
Introduce a new approach to street design for suburban sections of Thrive Montgomery 2050 “Growth Corridors”, such as Georgia Avenue, Veirs Mill Road and New Hampshire Avenue. As these streets are envisioned to be a focus of future growth and to experience substantially more walking, bicycling and transit use, they need to be designed for slower target speeds (the highest speed at which drivers should operate) and more frequent protected crossings.
- Review Transit Stations
Recommend updates to master planned transit station locations to bring them in line with planning for Montgomery County’s bus rapid transit projects and additional connections that may be beneficial to bus rapid transit service.