Countywide Transit Network Study
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is beginning the Countywide Transit Network Study to determine the type of transit systems needed to accommodate desired economic growth throughout the county over the next several decades. The study will develop recommendations for where Metrorail should be extended, where streetcar or light-rail systems are appropriate, and where dedicated lanes that allow buses to move faster could go. The study will also recommend how the system can be phased in and funded over time.
The purpose of the Countywide Transit Network Study is to establish a network of high quality transit corridors in a cost-effective way to serve the county’s needs to accommodate planned growth over the long term.
The study has three primary objectives:
Determine future countywide transit needs:
- Which highway corridors show a very high level of congestion in future?
- What quality of transit service do we need?
- Where do we need exclusive right-of-way?
Determine travel markets:
- Which of the county’s activity centers have the highest level of travel demand to, from, within, or between them?
Determine countywide connected transit network:
- Where are there gaps in the network?
- Where should connections occur?
- How well are the needs to move people and goods and to support economic growth being served?
- The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is holding its second round of public meetings on the Countywide Transit Network Study in November.