Media Release from Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) on September 1, 2017
- A public meeting is set for September 14, 2017, to solicit input on proposed FY 2019 Transportation Alternatives Projects.
- Projects endorsed by the Board of Supervisors will be eligible to apply to VDOT for funds under the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) FAST Act.
- This program provides 80 percent of the funds for each eligible project, but a 20 percent local match is required.
Fairfax County will hold a public meeting on September 14, 2017, to solicit comments on the proposed FY 2019 Transportation Alternatives Projects. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM at the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, 4050 Legato Road, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22033. At the meeting, county staff will make a presentation about the program, followed by a question-and-answer session.
After approval by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the program’s projects will be eligible for submission to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for funding under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, also known as the FAST Act. This program provides 80 percent of the funds for each eligible project. A 20 percent local match is required. Any project presented to the board for endorsement must have an identified source of funding for this match.
VDOT has implemented new requirements for jurisdictional sponsors to provide technical guidance, and oversight throughout project development. Additionally, the sponsor must ensure that the budget accurately reflects project cost and accept responsibility for future maintenance and operating cost of the completed project.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has established criteria for activities or improvements eligible under the FAST Act Transportation Alternatives provision. The alternatives are activities or improvements that increase the value of a transportation project or make it more aesthetically pleasing. Under 23 U.S.C. 213(b), eligible activities under the Transportation Alternatives Program consist of:
1. Transportation Alternatives as defined in 23 U.S.C. 101(a)(29):
A. Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
B. Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
C. Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users.
D. Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
E. Community improvement activities, including:
i. inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising;
ii. historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities;
iii. vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; and
iv. archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under title 23.
F. Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to:
i. address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff, including activities described in sections 133(b)(11), 328(a), and 329 of title 23; or
ii. reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
2. The Recreational Trails program under section 206 of title 23.
3. The Safe Routes to School program under section 1404 of the SAFETEA-LU.
A. Infrastructure-related projects-planning, design, and construction of infrastructure-related projects on any public road or any bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail in the vicinity of schools that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school, including sidewalk improvements, traffic calming and speed reduction improvements, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, on-street bicycle facilities, off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities, secure bicycle parking facilities, and traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools.
B. Non-infrastructure-related activities to encourage walking and bicycling to school, including public awareness campaigns and outreach to press and community leaders, traffic education and enforcement in the vicinity of schools, student sessions on bicycle and pedestrian safety, health, and environment, and funding for training, volunteers, and managers of safe routes to school programs.
C. Safe Routes to School coordinator.
4. Planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.
For more information on the proposed program or to request reasonable ADA accommodations, contact the Fairfax County Department of Transportation at 703-877-5725, TTY 711.