Media Release from Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) on September 14, 2017
- An Embark Richmond Highway open house will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 9:00 AM to noon, at West Potomac High School, Alexandria.
- The public will be able to see and learn about draft conceptual master plans for Penn Daw, Beacon/Groveton, Hybla Valley, and Woodlawn, four areas proposed for future bus rapid transit stations along Richmond Highway.
- These concepts include building heights, building forms, park and plaza space, and streetscapes.
September 16 Open House Details
At the September 16, 2017, open house, Fairfax County will present the draft concept plans for four areas that are proposed for future bus rapid transit stations along Richmond Highway.
Open house participants will be able to see the proposed concepts for the Penn Daw, Beacon/Groveton, Hybla Valley, and Woodlawn areas. These concepts include building heights, building forms, park and plaza space, and streetscapes.
Light refreshments will be served, and the open house is a chance for the community to:
- Share thoughts and ideas on the future development and community needs for the Richmond Highway corridor.
- Listen to project overview presentations offered periodically throughout the morning.
- Talk to staff about the Richmond Highway widening project from Jeff Todd Way to Napper Road.
- Talk to staff about the planned bus rapid transit system on Richmond Highway
Embark Richmond Highway is a multi-year effort involving land use and transportation planning. The effort also includes 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 improvements 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.
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.