If you ride the bus in Montgomery County, you have probably seen a few upgrades at your bus stop.
Hundreds of bus stops have been improved as part of an eight-year program designed to enhance accessibility and pedestrian safety, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Monday. Leggett said 2,879 bus stops have been upgraded to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The improvements include the construction of ramps at 813 intersections and about 79,240 square feet of sidewalks near bus stops.
A 2006 survey of the county’s 5,400 bus stops identified 3,400 stops in need of improvements. Officials say work will continue to address needs at an additional 500 stops.
The investments are part of the $11 million Bus Stop Improvement Project approved in the 2006-2011 six-year Capital Improvements Program budget. The enhancements have focused on improving Ride On bus stops, but also have addressed needs at about 600 Metrobus stops and 900 stops the two agencies share, the county said. Improvements at each bus stop cost an average of $3,000.
Leggett said improving bus stops is key to ensuring pedestrian safety.
“Every bus passenger deserves a safe and accessible way to get to and from a bus stop and a safe and accessible place to wait for the bus,” said Leggett in a statement. “Where needed, we have also added sidewalks, safer pedestrian crossings, traffic calming measures, more lighting and road improvements to achieve our goal of creating a safer and more walkable community.”
Metro officials say that about 10,000 bus stops in the region are inaccessible and in need of improvements. The regional transit agency estimates that the cost to improve each bus stop is about $10,000.