Metrobus Z-Line Will Get a Revamp on March 27

March 23rd, 2016

Sarbanes%20Transit%20Center%20pm%20112415-5881[1]

Z Line buses at the Silver Spring Transit Center in November 2015. Photo by WMATA.

Bus riders on the Z routes on Colesville Road/Columbia Pike (MD US29) will see better service, simpler route names, and more, starting March 27.

Metro is overhauling the bus schedules on the Z-lines in the Silver Spring-Laurel area. The changes are derived from the recommendations from the Metrobus Z-Line Study, an in-depth planning process. The study, completed in January 2015, was a joint effort between Metro, the Maryland Department of Transportation, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation to improve service. These seven routes combined have some of the highest ridership in the Metrobus system, making the corridor ripe for evaluation and improvement.

The following changes for the Colesville Road / Columbia Pike (MD US29) (PDF) corridor are effective March 27.

What’s Coming:

  • The new Z Lines will consist of the Z2, Z6, Z7, Z8, and Z11, with new timetables.
  • Z9, Z13, and Z29 route designations will be eliminated.

New Saturday service will be added to Route Z6, providing customers with links to commercial developments in Westfarm area and the Plum Orchard Shopping Center. The new service will operate every 30 minutes. The Z8 on Saturday will be reduced to operate every 30 minutes, providing a coordinated 15 minute service along portions shared with the Z6. Additionally, trip times for weekday Z2, Z6 and Z8 service will change to improve on time performance and better coordinate buses along Colesville Road and Lockwood Drive.

Routes Z9 and Z29 will be discontinued and replaced by new route Z7. Route Z7 will provide service from Silver Spring Metrorail Station to South Laurel Park and Ride serving: Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville Crossing Park and Ride, Sweitzer Lane, Van Dusen Road, and Cherry Lane.  The new Z7 will increase the frequency of service to residents of South Laurel by operating every thirty minutes.

Route Z11 will be extended from Greencastle Park and Ride to Burtonsville Crossing Park and Ride via Columbia Pike (US-29). Current Z29 customers boarding buses at the stops in the area of Blackburn Road will now be served by the Z11. Route designation Z13 will be discontinued. Passengers currently using the Z13 in the morning to get to Greencastle may opt to take routes Z6 and Z8 instead.

With the new services, passengers out of Burtonsville Crossing Park and Ride will now see increased service to Silver Spring. All current boarding and alighting restrictions along Colesville Road and Columbia Pike will remain in place.

These changes will allow Metro to better align resources to provide effective service in the corridor.

Check out the upcoming timetables to plan your trip.

Related Posts:

  1. mrsman
    March 25th, 2016 at 11:15 | #1

    One thing that will make a big improvement is somehow having the ability to create an online combined bus schedule between two points.

    For instance, the Z2, Z6, and Z8 all go form Lockwood/New Hampshire to Silver Spring Transit Center. To find the next scheduled bus along this route, I’m going to need to read all three schedules. But if there was a way to get a combined schedule of all three buses just between those points in order of time that would be very helpful.

    Extra credit if you can also include the Ride On buses that also traverse the corridor.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

    • Jessica
      March 30th, 2016 at 10:56 | #2

      Nice idea. We can look into exploring combined timetables. Meanwhile, use Trip Planner, Google Maps, or the new bus arrival information system busETA: http://buseta.wmata.com/

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. Bill
    April 1st, 2016 at 15:32 | #3

    This sounds good. Thank you. I also like the suggestion above about combining all 3 schedules. Wondering when the Metro Extra Service suggested in the Z studies along Rt 29 will become available?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Comments are closed.