The Metrobus Y Line Study (En Español)
- Who is involved? The study is a partnership between Metro, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT).
- What is being studied? Metrobus routes Y5, Y7, Y8, and Y9.
- Where is the corridor located? The existing Y Line runs from Montgomery General Hospital in Olney to Silver Spring, primarily along Georgia Avenue.
- Why was this corridor chosen for study? The Y Line has an average weekday ridership of about 7,500 passengers, one of the highest Metrobus riderships in Maryland. Some service problems have been reported on the line; these reliability issues will be identified and addressed as the study progresses.
- When did the study begin? The first phase of the study began in March 2011. The second phase began in January 2012. Preliminary recommendations will be submitted to the Metro Board for approval, following a final round of revisions and public outreach.
- How will service on the line be improved? In previous Metrobus line studies, a number of factors were evaluated, including vehicle types, increased supervision, new routes with short-turn or limited-stop service, traffic management techniques, and other enhancements. Input from the public and a comprehensive analysis of the Y Line will determine what improvements are eventually made to it. Please bookmark this page and refer to it over the coming months for updates on the study and how you can get involved!
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Reports & Publications:
Final Recommendations: (July 2012)
Final Summary: (September 2012)
Phase 1 Preliminary Recommendations: (October 2011)
Public Outreach Memo: (August 2012)
Traffic Assessment: (June 2011)
Transit Service Assessment: (October 2011)
Rider Survey Results: (July 2011)
Title VI Memo: (December 2012)
Project Information: Fact Sheet (April 2011)
Metro and its partner agencies conducted a survey of riders on the Y Line on Thursday, March 31, 2011. Paper surveys were placed on Y Line buses and and handed out surveys at Metro stations and other high-volume bus stops along the Y Line throughout the day. An on-line version of the survey was available on this web page until the end of May (two months after the paper version was distributed). If you didn't have a chance to take the rider survey but would still like to share your views about how Metro should make improvements to the Y Line, please send an e-mail directly to the project team.
Timetables and Maps:
Click on the icon to see a map of the combined Y Line routes.
Y5/Y7/Y8/Y9: Metrobus timetable for the Y Line.
Public Meeting #2
The second of two public meetings for the Y LIne Study was held at Hughes United Methodist in Wheaton on March 15, 2012. Participants who attended the open house-style meeting learned about the revised recommendations for improvements to the Y Line and offered their feedback.
Public Meeting #1
The first public meeting for the Y Line Study was held
by Metro and Montgomery County on May 12, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Wheaton. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues and problems with the Metrobus Y routes and suggest possible ways to solve them. About 15 Y Line riders attended the meeting and offered their input. The project team is now using what it heard from participants at the meeting to develop a set of recommendations for improvements that will be presented at the next public meeting in summer 2011.