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Montgomery County receives $260,000 bus grant

SILVER SPRING — Montgomery County officials say they will use a $260,000 grant toward the planning of a bus rapid transit system.

Officials say the Rockefeller Foundation grant is part of an initiative to assist localities in planning and constructing bus rapid transit systems.

The Washington Post reports that a county transit task force is studying how to build and fund a 150-mile network of dedicated bus lanes. County officials will use the grant to hire consultants to conduct studies and research other areas with such systems.

The county has not determined how to pay for the express bus network, and a preliminary study shows that it could cost $2.5 billion. But advocates say the per-mile cost of the system is much less than building light rail or extending Metro.

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