Montgomery County Traffic Has Remained Static

Report details worst commutes

By Jonathan Wilson - WAMU 88.5 FM
|  Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011  |  Updated 9:54 AM EDT
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Traffic congestion in Montgomery County has not gotten any better during the past two years. The county’s network of roads continues to be strained by increasing numbers of commuters relying on cars as their primary means of travel, county planners say. 

This most recent transportation evaluation comes from the annual Montgomery's Mobility Assessment Report. The report shows that certain corridors continue to be particularly bad for commuters during rush hours, including US-29 between Howard County and University Boulevard in the mornings, and eastbound University Boulevard between Georgia and New Hampshire avenues in the evenings.

Metrorail ridership in Montgomery County has remained steady, but bus service has declined slightly, according to the report.

There is hope for the future, planners say. Congestion should ease as more residents seek alternative commutes, and new housing developments are built closer to mass transit. The county board is scheduled to review the report at its meeting Thursday.

Top 10 most trafficked intersections in Montgomery County:

  1. Old Georgetown Road at Democracy Boulevard
  2. Damestown Road at Riffle Ford Road
  3. Shady Grove Road at Choke Cherry Lane
  4. Rockville Pike at W. Cedar Lane
  5. George Avenue at Norbeck Road
  6. MD 355 at Edmondston Drive
  7. Great Seneca Highway at Muddy Branch Road
  8. Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road
  9. E. Gude Drive at Crabbs Branch/Cecil
  10. Randolph Road at New Hampshire Avenue

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