Maryland releases feasibility study for $3.7B monorail
Maryland – The state’s Department of Transportation (MDOT) released a feasibility study on March 2 that determined a monorail route is possible between the city of Frederick and the Shady Grove Metrorail Station in the Washington, D.C. area.
Frederick monorail station – rendering
The study area includes the Interstate 270 corridor and extends approximately 28 miles from Frederick to the Shady Grove station in Derwood. The corridor utilizes as much right-of-way as possible from I-270 and other roads to minimize potential impacts and effectively link the six key station locations that the corridor connects: Frederick, Urbana, Clarksburg, Germantown, Metropolitan Grove, and Shady Grove.
Transportation officials evaluated existing monorail services around the world, alignment options, station locations and connectivity, frequency of service, ridership demand, environmental and land use considerations, operation and maintenance needs, and project costs for construction, operation, and maintenance.
The study’s estimated project cost for 2020 is $3.73 billion, but the study included an escalation of $630 million leading to an estimated project cost of $4.36 billion by 2025. Ridership is projected at 34,800 to 47,800 passengers per day in 2045.