Fairfax County Board Approves 6-Year Transit Development Plan
March 15, 2016
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the county’s FY 2016-2022 Transit Development Plan (TDP) at its regularly scheduled meeting today. The plan, which updates the county’s first TDP from 2009 and works in conjunction with the new 10-year Comprehensive Transit Plan (CTP), provides a roadmap of Fairfax Connector and other bus service investments over the next six years.
“Fairfax County is committed to expanding transit services to provide residents and visitors more travel options,” said Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “The bus service proposed in this plan will provide new routes, improve performance of existing service and create new connections with the second phase of the Metrorail Silver Line.”
The TDP is financially constrained to anticipated revenues over the six-year planning horizon (through 2022) and is a required submission to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) every six years. The CTP is financially unconstrained with a 10-year planning horizon (through 2025).
“As we celebrate 30 years of Fairfax Connector service, we are looking ahead to the next 10 years,” said Tom Biesiadny, Director of Fairfax County Department of Transportation. “This look forward reflects the changing travel needs of those who live, work and travel in Fairfax County, and who use, or will use transit to access jobs, education, services, shopping and activities.”
The development of the TDP and CTP involved a robust community outreach effort, and service recommendations based on public feedback are included in these plans. The TDP recommendations are a subset of those identified in the CTP, and prioritize bus service recommendations based on anticipated funding.
- The TDP, which was approved today, recommends investments over the next 6 years in the areas of enhancing existing service, including cross-county and regional connections; adding service to areas that currently do not have transit service; addressing missing connections between activity centers; and restructuring low performing service to better utilize resources, respond to ridership demand, and attract new riders.
- The CTP recommends bus service and associated facility improvements to serve the county’s current and future riders over the next 10 years, and looks at new service types that can provide a first-mile/last-mile solution for Fairfax Connector riders.
For more information on the FY 2016-2022 TDP and the CTP, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com.
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