The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is conducting the Southern Maryland Rapid Transit (SMRT) Study to select an alignment and mode for a high-capacity transit system along MD 5/US 301 - a major north/south transportation corridor in Maryland for commuting, recreational and regional travel. Beginning at the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) near the Branch Avenue Metro Station, it extends south through Prince George’s County into the Waldorf and White Plains areas of Charles County. This area includes rapidly growing new communities as well as older suburbs and commercial centers in need of redevelopment. The entire corridor is auto-dependent and continues to grow in population and employment, leading to an expected increase in traffic congestion.
The SMRT Study will look at several alignments and transit modes to compare their respective environmental effects, ridership potential, community impacts, costs and economic development potential.