Countywide Transit Network Study

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Public Meetings Scheduled for Feb. 16, 23 and 25, 2016

Fairfax County Department of Transportation is hosting a set of public meetings in February 2016 to present and discuss the Countywide Transit Network Study recommendations. Each meeting will be conducted in an open-house format with a brief presentation of the recommendations at 7 p.m. The meetings are scheduled for:

The study team has developed a recommended transit network, informed by extensive public outreach, designed to serve the needs of Fairfax County for decades into the future. The study recommendations were summarized for the Board of Supervisors in December 2015.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need this information in an alternate format or would like to request reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency for events, contact FCDOT at 703-877-5600, TTY 711. Requests for assistance must be received at least 7 business days in advance of an event.

Project Background

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is conducting 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:

  1. 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?
  2. Determine travel markets:
    • Which of the county’s activity centers have the highest level of travel demand to, from, within, or between them?
  3. 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?


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