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Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit Public Meeting #1: April 17 & 18, 2018

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Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit Public Meeting #1: April 17 & 18, 2018

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Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit Public Meeting #1: April 17 & 18, 2018

  1. 1. County of Fairfax, Virginia 1 Richmond Highway Bus RapidTransit Public Meeting #1 April 17 & 18, 2018
  2. 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia BRTVIDEO 2
  3. 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia Agenda • Introduction & Background • Why is this Project Needed? • Environmental Evaluation • BRT ProgramToday • Next Steps • Staying Involved 3 Department of Transportation
  4. 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia Purpose ofTonight’s Meeting • Share information about… − The future transformation of the Richmond Highway Corridor − The features of Bus RapidTransit (BRT) systems − Your role in the planning process • Gather your input on the scope related of the environmental evaluation 4 Department of Transportation
  5. 5. Richmond Highway Bus RapidTransit 5 Introduction & Background 5
  6. 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia Who We Are: Richmond Highway BRT ProjectTeam • Project led by FCDOT • Supported by Project Management Consultant (PMC) 6 • DOT Director: Tom Biesiadny • Senior Leadership: Eric Teitelman • Project Manager: Vanessa Aguayo • Project Advisor: Tom Fahrney • Environmental Specialist: Doug Miller • Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit Partners • Program Manager: Lara Hegler Department of Transportation
  7. 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia How We Got Here • Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis • Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2015-IV-MV1 • Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements Projects 7Department of Transportation
  8. 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis • Led by theVirginia Department of Rail and PublicTransportation (DRPT) • Studied 15-mile segment of Richmond Highway from Huntington Metrorail to Woodbridge • Extensive public involvement − Three public meetings, three advisory groups, information booths, business association and neighborhood meetings − Flyers, newsletters, press releases, ads − Website, social media 8 Department of Transportation
  9. 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis • Final recommendation was phased implementation of Alternative 4 − Near-term: Median-running BRT − Long-term: A Metrorail extension to HyblaValley, with BRT − Assumes Richmond Highway has a consistent six-lane cross-section • Cost estimate from study $524M • Completed in January 2015 9 Four Transit Alternatives 1: BRT – Curb 2: BRT – Median 3: LRT 4: Metrorail/BRT Hybrid Department of Transportation
  10. 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia Embark Richmond Highway Embark Richmond Highway is the County’s vision for the corridor that encompasses and expands upon the DRPT recommendations 10 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT ROAD WIDENINGBUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT)
  11. 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2015-IV-MV1 • Began in 2015 • Establishes corridor-wide planning goals and objectives, with an urban design vision and land use changes in support of BRT • Strong public outreach with community and stakeholders − Six public meetings, hearings, advisory group − Flyers and postcards, website, social media 11 Department of Transportation
  12. 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2015-IV-MV1 12 * * Potential BRT Station • Includes guidance for creating transit-oriented places • Implementation will occur through the rezoning and development process • Adopted March 20, 2018 Department of Transportation
  13. 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements Projects • Project 1:Telegraph Road to MountVernon Highway [FHWA Eastern Federal Lands] − Completed in fall 2017. • Project 2: JeffTodd Way to Napper Road [VDOT] − Ongoing − 2.9 miles − Environmental and preliminary design work is currently underway − Last remaining four-lane section north of Fort Belvoir • Outreach: − Public information meetings and hearings − Website: virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/richmond_highway.asp 13 Department of Transportation
  14. 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements Project 2 • VDOT project is in preliminary stages, with construction anticipated for 2023-2025 • In each direction: an additional lane, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and BRT accommodations 14 The intent of this graphic is to depict the configuration of elements within the proposed right-of-way. For clarity, potential landscaping is not shown. TYPICAL SECTION Department of Transportation
  15. 15. County of Fairfax, Virginia Richmond Highway BRT Project • The Richmond Highway Bus RapidTransit (BRT) Project is an effort to plan, design, and construct a BRT system between Huntington Metrorail Station and Fort Belvoir • Nine potential BRT stations • Two phases: − Phase I: Huntington Metrorail Station to HyblaValley − Phase II: HyblaValley to Fort Belvoir 15 Department of Transportation
  16. 16. County of Fairfax, Virginia What is Bus RapidTransit (BRT)? • BRT is a high-quality public transportation system designed to be fast, reliable, and more convenient than traditional bus routes • It operates much like rail service, on a dedicated transit way, but with the flexibility and lower cost of bus vehicles 16 Department of Transportation
  17. 17. County of Fairfax, Virginia What is Bus RapidTransit (BRT)? • Key elements of BRT systems often include: − Service plans and frequencies that prioritize reliable, frequent, efficient service − Dedicated lanes & traffic signal priority − Information technology systems − “Rail style” stations, with features that enhance rider comfort and convenience − High-quality buses − Unique graphics & name • The Richmond Highway BRT system has not yet been designed 17 Department of Transportation
  18. 18. County of Fairfax, Virginia 18 Richmond Highway BRT Improvements • Two dedicated BRT lanes in median for majority of alignment; brings quality, reliability, and safety • Roadway widening, where necessary (no increase in number of lanes) • Consideration of future connections to walkways, trails, and bicycle facilities • Streetscape (station/landscape, walkways, signage)
  19. 19. County of Fairfax, Virginia Where else do BRT systems exist in the U.S.? 19 In Virginia Existing: • Alexandria / Arlington (Metroway) Under Construction: • Richmond (GRTC Pulse) Planned: • Fairfax County (Richmond Highway BRT) • Route 7 Tysons to Alexandria Department of Transportation
  20. 20. County of Fairfax, Virginia Preliminary BRT Schedule 20 Note: Timeframes and durations for design, utilities, right-of-way, vehicle procurement, and construction will vary depending on the project delivery method and funding. Department of Transportation We are here
  21. 21. Richmond Highway Bus RapidTransit 21 Why is this Project Needed? 21
  22. 22. County of Fairfax, Virginia Needs to be addressed: • Insufficient transportation choices and infrastructure • Congestion relief and reduction in single occupant auto travel • Unreliable travel times for transit and automobiles • Insufficient transit network • Corridor is unsafe or inaccessible for all users 22 Department of Transportation
  23. 23. County of Fairfax, Virginia The purpose of the BRT Program: • Expand travel choices by offering a higher speed, higher capacity alternative • Provide more reliable travel times for transit and automobile • Provide additional transit and roadway capacity • Increase safety by upgrading or replacing existing substandard transportation facilities 23 Department of Transportation
  24. 24. Richmond Highway Bus RapidTransit 24 Environmental Evaluation 24
  25. 25. County of Fairfax, Virginia Environmental Evaluation • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires that we consider how the project will affect the community and the environment before we make decisions 25 Department of Transportation
  26. 26. County of Fairfax, Virginia Environmental Evaluation • Environmental effects include more than only impacts to natural resources • They also include impacts to social, cultural, historic, and economic resources, and air quality & noise 26 Department of Transportation
  27. 27. County of Fairfax, Virginia Environmental Evaluation • Examples of resources to be studied: − Community facilities − Cultural resources − Natural resources • Examples of impacts: − Minority and low income populations − Noise and vibration • The project team is actively soliciting your help in identifying environmental resources and in finding ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any negative impacts to those resources. 27 Department of Transportation Original Mount Vernon High School
  28. 28. Richmond Highway Bus RapidTransit 28 BRT ProgramToday 28
  29. 29. County of Fairfax, Virginia Accomplishments so far: • Program Management Consultant (PMC) selected • Environmental work initiated • Project Delivery methods studied • Some funding secured • Community Advisory Group (CAG) established 29 Department of Transportation
  30. 30. County of Fairfax, Virginia Community Advisory Group (CAG) • The members of the CAG function as advisors to the BRT Technical Committee • Input from the CAG will be presented to theTechnical Committee by members of BRTTeam • The CAG will provide input on a variety of elements of the BRT program − Will focus on community involvement strategies / materials, community impacts of design and construction, and system branding. 30 Department of Transportation
  31. 31. County of Fairfax, Virginia Ongoing Work • We have started and continue our working relationship with FTA • We continue to work in close coordination with the widening project to minimize reconstruction efforts, cost and future problems for the BRT system 31 Department of Transportation
  32. 32. Richmond Highway Bus RapidTransit 32 Next Steps 32
  33. 33. County of Fairfax, Virginia Next Steps • Between now and Public Meetings #2, theTeam will: − Review comments from this meeting to better understand the needs in the corridor − Develop maps of corridor resources − Create drawings to illustrate what the project will look like − Develop an understanding of the types of impacts that the project could have on environmental resources − Continue to work with the Richmond Highway community to provide and receive information, and begin development of system branding − Continue to work on securing funding 33 Public Meetings #1 • April 17 & 18, 2018 (We are here!) Public Meetings #2 • Fall/Winter 2018 Department of Transportation
  34. 34. Richmond Highway Bus RapidTransit 34 How to Stay Involved 34
  35. 35. County of Fairfax, Virginia How to Stay Involved • This process will be most effective with input from people who live, work, travel along, or spend time on the corridor − Sign up for Fairfax Alerts! on the County website (Category: Richmond Highway BRT Project Updates) − Track the project on social media (#RichmondHwyBRT) − Materials from the meeting will be posted at South County Center • More information at Station 4! 35 Website: fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation Key words: Richmond Highway BRT
  36. 36. County of Fairfax, Virginia Tonight • Please browse the boards, speak with staff, draw on the maps, and fill out the comment form • There are multiple ways to submit comments: − Online: On your phone or at home. − Paper: Please leave on sign-in table or fold and mail comment sheet to address shown on back. • Thank you for coming! 36 Department of Transportation
  37. 37. Richmond Highway Bus RapidTransit 37 Questions 37 Contact Information • Website: fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation (key words: “Richmond Highway BRT”) • Email the Project Team: DOTBRT@fairfaxcounty.gov • Address (for mailing comment sheets): Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Richmond Highway BRT Project Manager, 4050 Legato Rd, Fairfax, VA 22033. Department of Transportation

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