Media Release from Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) on May 10, 2017
- Community meeting will be held on Monday, May 15, at 6:30 PM, at the Whitman Middle School, Alexandria.
- It will focus on estimated traffic volumes and estimated daily bus rapid transit ridership in 2040 and recommended public facilities, including schools.
- Embark Richmond Highway will bring a bus rapid transit system operating primarily on dedicated lanes along this road, plus an expanded and connected system of roads, sidewalks, trails, and bicycle facilities.
As part of its ongoing project to bring a bus rapid transit system to Richmond Highway, Fairfax County will present information on public needs for urban-style redevelopment along the corridor, as well as estimated future daily traffic volumes and bus rapid transit ridership.
The next Embark Richmond Highway community meeting and open house will be held on May 15, 2017, 6:30-9:00 PM, in the cafeteria of Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria. The presentations will focus on:
- Recommended housing, parks, public facilities including schools, heritage resources, and environmental needs to be considered in a proposed update to the land use plan for the corridor.
- Future traffic volumes and estimated daily bus rapid transit ridership in 2040 based on the proposed new land uses and the existence of a BRT system.
Embark Richmond Highway is a multi-year effort involving land use and transportation planning. Contingent upon adopted Comprehensive Plan recommendations and funding, the effort will include design and construction activities for a bus rapid transit system operating primarily on dedicated lanes along Richmond Highway. An expanded and connected system of roadways, walkways, trails and bicycle facilities are planned to work seamlessly with the BRT system. This planning effort will also address the future extension of the Metrorail Yellow Line to Hybla Valley.
The county is updating its Comprehensive Plan to support the population and job growth associated with the planned transit system along the Richmond Highway corridor. The focus will be primarily on planning for walkable, urban-style mixed use development in the vicinity of the future transit stations, with the goal of creating vibrant, active communities where people can live, work, shop, and play—all with easy access to transit.
The project supports the county’s long-term planning goals of expanding transit service, improving pedestrian and bicycle systems, and building more dense, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments that attract residents and businesses, creating more jobs and increasing tax revenue. Embark Richmond Highway also aligns with the county’s Strategic Economic Success Plan, as well as efforts to revitalize the corridor.
Embark Richmond Highway resulted from a Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation study on the transportation needs for the Richmond Highway corridor. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed the study’s recommendations in May 2015, moving the project forward for planning, design, and construction, with implementation anticipated to occur after 2020.
Transportation and Childcare
- Transportation assistance to Whitman Middle School is also offered, per request, from Sacramento Neighborhood Center, South County Government Center and Hybla Valley Elementary School.
- On-site childcare is also available, per request, for children over the age of 3.
Requests for transportation and childcare assistance are accepted through Monday, May 8, by calling 703-704-6336, TTY 711, or by email.
Stay Informed and Engaged
For more information on the project:
- Visit Embark Richmond Highway webpage
- Follow us on our Facebook page Fairfax County Land Use and on Twitter with hashtag #EmbarkRH
- Contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1380, TTY 711, or by email, including for reasonable ADA accommodations.
Fairfax County Transportation News and Information
Anna K. Nissinen, Head of Communications, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, via e-mail I Call 703-877-5606, TTY 711 (direct) I 571-446-9940, TTY 711 (cell) I 703-268-8953, TTY 711 (after hours)