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What is BRAC?
The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission has been working to “enhance efficiencies” for U.S. military bases and operations by closing and combining military facilities across the country. In November 2005, Congress approved and the President signed into law final recommendations that called for these closures, and required them to be done by September 2011.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed in September, 2011. At that time, its operations and patients were relocated to and combined with the National Naval Medical Center to form the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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How does BRAC continue to affect me?

Although BRAC officially ended in September, 2011, BRAC-related road construction continues. It is imperiative that commuters know what's happening in the area.

To that end, BTS remains committed to keeping Bethesda commuters up-to-date on the remaining BRAC-related construction projects. BTS will be updating this space regularly to reflect what's happening on the roads into and out of downtown Bethesda.

Construction Updates - NEW!

Cedar Lane will be closed between Rockville Pike (MD-355/Wisconsin Avenue) and Elmhirst Parkway starting on June 6, 2014.

During this time, the Maryland State Highway Administration will be working beneath Cedar Lane. Crews will be taking advantage of the closure to construct a new entrance at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, as well as installing a new signal at the entrance.

Cedar Lane is expected to reopen in the latter half of August, 2014. Until then, traffic will be detoured to Strathmore Avenue (MD-547/Knowles Avenue) and Summit Avenue. The Ride On Route 34 bus will also be detoured (click here to see a map).

For more information about this project, click here.

You can follow breaking news about Montgomery County BRAC on Twitter at @BracMoCoMD. In addition, you can get all the details on the County's BRAC website at

How can BTS help?

BTS staff has been working closely with the BRAC Implementation Committee (BIC), the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County, and the State of Maryland so we may provide commuters with the most accurate and up-to-date information about construction and changes in traffic patterns.

Watch our website, join our Facebook page, or follow our Twitter feed for the most up-to-date information about BRAC-related construction and how it will affect your commute.

Also, BTS can help you find another, better way to work. Explore our extensive website to find information about transit, biking, teleworking, and more! If you don’t have time, BTS will come to you. We hold Commuter Information Days in office buildings around the downtown, and will even come to your office at your request, for an in-depth presentation.

Let us help you find your better way to work!

Leaving your car in your driveway isn’t as scary as it sounds.

Did you know that if you take transit or carpool to work, you are eligible for an emergency ride home through the Guaranteed Ride Home program?  If you have to leave work or stay late for any unplanned reason, you can call 1-800-745-RIDE and they will send a taxi to your office (the average wait time is 5 minutes) to take you home. And it’s FREE!

Did you know that the Bethesda Urban Partnership provides a FREE shuttle service starting at the Bethesda Metro Station with 20 stops around downtown Bethesda? The Bethesda Circulator runs every 10 minutes and will take you anywhere you want to go!

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