The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is pleased to share with you the Southern Maryland Rapid Transit (SMRT) Alternatives Final Report dated, May 2017. The major outcomes of the study were the selection of Alternative 4 for the mainline alignment with Option 8A for crossing the Capital Beltway and selection of bus rapid transit (BRT) as the preferred technology.
For the SMRT alignment, the report recommended Alternative 4, which runs along the east side of MD 5 and US 301 in Prince George’s County and along the west side of the Pope’s Creek Railroad in Charles County. The recommended Capital Beltway crossing is Beltway Option 8A, which departs from MD 5 and runs on the south side of Allentown Road, past the relocated pedestrian access to Joint Base Andrews, then crosses the Beltway to enter the Branch Avenue Metrorail station in the existing maintenance yard vicinity.
The final report summarizes information about how this conclusion was reached.