Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT)
The Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) is a 15-mile bus rapid transit project linking Clarksburg and the Shady Grove Metro station. Its 16 stations will serve Clarksburg’s COMSAT building, Germantown, the Metropolitan Grove MARC station, the National Institute of Standards and Technology campus, the Johns Hopkins Life Sciences Center campus, East and West Gaithersburg and more.
The CCT is the backbone of Montgomery County’s Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan, which is intended to create a vibrant life sciences housing and employment district. The plan would create 52,500 jobs, 9,000 dwelling units and 17.5 million square feet of commercial space. This development would generate countless tax revenues for the state as well as maintain our competitiveness with Northern Virginia. And the CCT, which is projected to have an average daily ridership of 47,700 in 2035, is critical to supporting this new employment and housing.
The CCT is projected to cost $828 million to build and the State of Maryland has applied to the federal government for funding. If approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the CCT would be eligible for some federal construction funding under the Small Starts program. But to secure any federal investment, the state must show that it has a plan to pay for its share.
Right now, the state has not budgeted any construction funds for the CCT. Its Transportation Trust Fund is running out of money. Unless the state can show the federal government that it can pay its share of the CCT’s costs, the feds will fund other competing projects across the country and the CCT will not be built. This summer is a critical deadline. If the State of Maryland misses it, there may be no CCT.