R-TAP


Residential Traffic Administration Program

The Residential Traffic Administration Program (RTAP) assists communities in controlling traffic and parking in area neighborhoods. The RTAP program utilizes the following tools to achieve these controls:

View or print the RTAP Quick Reference Chart (in Adobe PDF format) for brief descriptions of, as well as the qualifications and procedures for, the various program options.

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Traffic Calming

Traffic calming is the combination of mainly physical measures to reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use. Various types of devices can be used including speed humps (not bumps), speed tables, raised pedestrian crosswalks, chokers, traffic circles, median islands, all way stops, etc. To qualify for the installation of traffic calming measures a road must meet the following criteria:

  • Local residential, collector or minor arterial road with a posted speed limit of 25 miles-per-hour (mph)
  • Traffic volume of 600 to 6000 vehicles per day
  • If a minor arterial road, the traffic volume must be less than or equal to 15,000 vehicles per day and traffic calming devices must exist on the same street in an incorporated city or town within one quarter mile
  • 85th percentile speed of vehicles greater than or equal to 35 mph limit or the average speed of vehicles is greater than or equal to 30 mph

The procedures for requesting traffic calming are:

  1. A request is made to the district supervisor by the Home Owners Association (HOA), with the names and contact information of 4 to 5 residents who can serve on a task force to review a conceptual traffic calming plan.
  2. The district supervisor forwards the request to Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT).
  3. A traffic count, speed survey and engineering review of the road is conducted by FCDOT.
  4. If the road qualifies FCDOT develops a conceptual traffic calming plan. The task force reviews and approves the conceptual plan.
  5. A community meeting is held to provide information on the proposed traffic calming plan.
  6. A vote via ballot is taken by residences in the petition (not impacted) area to approve the traffic calming plan.
  7. The Board of Supervisors approves the traffic calming plan.
  8. FCDOT installs the measures.

NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of RTAP measures.

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Cut-Through Restrictions

Cut-through restrictions utilize access restrictions (turn prohibitions, diverters, or other traffic calming measures) to reduce the volume of traffic in a designated area. The qualifications for cut-through restrictions are:

  • Local residential or collector road with a posted speed limit of 25 mph
  • Greater than or equal to 150 peak hour cut-thru vehicles, one direction, that account for greater than or equal to 40% of peak hour traffic
  • On collector roads no access restrictions are allowed and there exists greater than or equal to 12 dwellings per 1000 feet of roadway

The procedures for cut-through restrictions are:

  1. A request is made to the district supervisor is made by HOA
  2. The district supervisor forwards the request to FCDOT
  3. FCDOT issues the primary use area map and petitions to the HOA
  4. The community gathers signatures verifying greater than or equal to 75% support for the cut-through study to be performed
  5. FCDOT conducts comprehensive traffic volume counts of neighborhood roadway(s), along with a detailed trip generation analysis of neighborhood traffic patterns
  6. If all qualifications are met, the Board of Supervisors approves resolution requesting VDOT to provide cut-through measures on the road
  7. A task force is formed to develop a cut-through plan
  8. A community meeting is held to provide information on the cut-through plan
  9. A vote via ballot is taken by residences in the primary use area to approve the cut-through plan
  10. The Board of Supervisors conducts a joint public hearing with VDOT to approve the cut-through plan
  11. FCDOT notifies VDOT, requesting installation of devices and signs

NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of RTAP measures.

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$200 Fine for Speeding Signs

A fine of up to $200 over and above the normal fine for speeding in designated zones. $200 Additional Fine for Speeding” signs are installed below every regulatory speed limit sign posted in the designated district. The qualifications for $200 Additional Fine For Speeding signs are:

  • Residential local or collector, or minor arterial road with a posted speed limit of less than or equal to 35 mph
  • Traffic volume of greater than or equal to 600 vehicles per day
  • 85th percentile speed of vehicles greater than or equal to 10 mph over the posted limit

The procedures for $200 Additional Fine For Speeding signs are:

  1. A request is made to district supervisor by the HOA
  2. The district supervisor forwards the request to FCDOT
  3. Traffic count and speed survey of road are conducted by FCDOT
  4. If the road qualifies, the district supervisor confirms community support for “$200 Additional Fine for Speeding” signs
  5. The Board of Supervisors approves resolution for “$200 Additional Fine for Speeding” signs
  6. FCDOT notifies VDOT requesting installation of “$200 Additional Fine for Speeding” signs

NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of RTAP measures.

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Multi-Way Stop (MWS) Signs

Requests for multi way stops are to be submitted through the traffic calming program

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"Watch for Children" (WFC) Signs

“Watch For Children” signs installed at the entrance to a community or other location with an extremely high concentration of young children relative to the area. The qualifications for "Watch For Children" signs are:

  • High concentration areas limited to playgrounds, day care, or community centers
  • No further signs posted on interior roads in community

The procedures for "Watch for Children" signs are:

  1. A request is made to district supervisor by the HOA, the district supervisor forwards the request to FCDOT
  2. A review of acceptable WFC sign locations is conducted by FCDOT
  3. If acceptable WFC sign locations are found, the district supervisor confirms community support for WFC signs
  4. The Board of Supervisors approves resolution for WFC signs
  5. FCDOT notifies VDOT, requesting installation of WFC signs

NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of RTAP measures.

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Through Truck Restriction

Through truck restrictions prohibit trucks (except pick-up or panel trucks) and any combination of truck, tractor truck, trailer or semitrailer on designated roads where "Through Trucks Prohibited" signs are installed. The qualifications for through truck restrictions are:

  • Residential local or collector road, or residential arterial or primary road, with greater than or equal to 12 dwellings per 1000 feet of roadway
  • Safety issues or accident history indicate need for restriction
  • Suitable alternate route is available

The procedures for through truck restriction are:

  1. A request is made to the district supervisor by the HOA
  2. The district supervisor forwards the request to FCDOT
  3. A preliminary analysis of the road is conducted by FCDOT
  4. The Board of Supervisors conducts a public hearing to approve a resolution for the through truck restriction
  5. Resolution forwarded to VDOT requesting a through truck restriction
  6. Comprehensive engineering review of road is performed by VDOT
  7. VDOT publishes notice of proposed restriction for additional public comment
  8. If road qualifies for through truck restriction, VDOT installs “Through Trucks Prohibited” signs

NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of RTAP measures.

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Community Parking Districts (CPD)

Community Parking Districts (CPD) prohibit the parking of watercraft, motor homes, campers, trailers, vehicles greater than or equal to 3 axles, vehicles with a GVWR greater than or equal to 12,000 lbs., and vehicles transporting greater than or equal to 16 passengers (except school buses) on public streets in residentially zoned areas. Vehicles parked in violation are subject to a $75 fine for each violation and may be towed at the owner’s expense.  Maps of existing CPDs are posted on the CPD maps page.

A CPD can be established by a large area application or by petition.

A large area application is initiated by a district supervisor. Contact your particular supervisor for additional information.

The petition process is used for smaller areas and has the following qualifications and procedures:

  • Residentially-zoned area
  • Minimum size 5 block face OR 2000 linear feet
  1. A request is made to the district supervisor by the HOA
  2. The district supervisor forwards the request to FCDOT
  3. FCDOT issues the petition and petition area maps
  4. The community gathers signatures verifying greater than or equal to 60% support for the proposed district and greater than 50% support along each block
  5. A fee of $10 per petitioning address is remitted with the returned petitions
  6. The district supervisor forwards the petitions to FCDOT
  7. The Board of Supervisors conducts a public hearing to approve the proposed parking district
  8. FCDOT installs “Community Parking District” signs listing prohibitions at strategic locations

Exemptions include: vehicles used by federal, state or local public agencies to provide services; commercial vehicles discharging passengers, performing work or providing services; vehicles temporarily parked, for up to 48 hours, for the purpose of loading, unloading or preparing for a trip. See the Code of the County of Fairfax, Chapter 82, Article 5B for more on the program and exemptions. For additional information contact us via our e-mail contact form.

NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of RTAP measures.

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Residential Permit Parking Districts (RPPD)

Residential Permit Parking Districts are established in designated blocks to prohibit parking by non-residents. Vehicles parked in violation are subject to a $75 fine for each violation and may be towed at the owner’s expense. Districts are normally created in areas near schools or metro stations where the availability of parking for residents is affected by non-resident parking. Detailed maps of the existing RPPDs are available on the RPPD Maps page.  The qualifications for establishing a Residential Permit Parking District are:

  • Residential road within 2000 ft. walking distance from a pedestrian entrance and/or 1000 ft. from the property boundary of a high school, college/university or metro station pedestrian entrance; OR
  • Other residential streets where 75% of the parking spaces are occupied by vehicles and of those parked vehicles at least 50% are non-resident. A minimum of 100 contiguous spaces are needed to establish a new district. This minimum does not pertain to an expansion.

The procedures for establishing a Residential Parking Permit District are:

  1. A request is made to the district supervisor by the HOA and forwarded to FCDOT
  2. FCDOT reviews road documenting eligibility for restriction and conducts field review if required
  3. Petition forms and map are issued by FCDOT if eligible
  4. The community gathers signatures verifying at least 60% support for the proposed area and more than 50% support along each block face
  5. Fee of $10 per petitioning address and completed petition are returned to supervisor
  6. The district supervisor forwards the petition to FCDOT for review
  7. The district supervisor forwards fee to FCDOT if petition meets requirements
  8. The Board of Supervisors conducts a public hearing and approves proposed parking district
  9. FCDOT installs "No Parking Except by Permit" on all affected roads

For more information on RPPDs or to obtain a permit, visit the RPPD Program Page.

NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of RTAP measures.

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Guidelines for Temporary Traffic Management During Construction of Major Projects

When traffic is displaced as a result of a major construction project, a temporary traffic mitigation plan may be developed by the project staff in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) to address problems associated with the increased temporary traffic overflow. Project staff will include, but not be limited to, VDOT and FCDOT, in coordination with the Fairfax County Police and Fire and Rescue Departments.

General Process:

Anticipated temporary traffic overflow routes will be identified by project staff and reviewed with the appropriate Board of Supervisors member(s) at the beginning of the development of the temporary traffic mitigation plan.

The types of mitigation strategies are anticipated to be different depending on the classification of the street. Strategies that are low cost and can be implemented quickly should be considered as a first step, with increased use of temporary physical devices on an as-needed basis. Because these are short-term measures, the list of potential devices does not include all of the measures used in permanent traffic calming projects (e.g., roundabouts and other high cost measures are not cost effective as temporary devices).

Procedure and Documentation for the Placement of Temporary Traffic Management Devices on Local or Collector Residential Streets:

  1. Project staff identifies a list of streets likely to experience increased temporary traffic overflow from major construction projects.
  2. Project staff recommends a conceptual plan in coordination with VDOT and FCDOT.
  3. Project staff identifies which residences are considered to be directly affected by the placement of the proposed traffic management measures according to the plan.
  4. Project staff establishes an anticipated length of time required for the mitigation measures to be in place and includes a statement that measures are temporary and will be removed within 90 days after the construction activity is completed.
  5. Project staff reviews the temporary traffic management plan with the appropriate Board of Supervisors member(s), civic/homeowner association representatives, VDOT, FCDOT, Fairfax County Police, and Fire and Rescue, and makes any plan modifications.
  6. If physical devices are proposed (e.g., temporary speed humps and/or speed tables), project staff meets with the residents whose properties are adjacent to the devices to make them aware of the temporary traffic management plan and schedule for implementation.
  7. In coordination with the District Supervisor, project staff, VDOT, and FCDOT hold a community informational meeting to discuss the temporary traffic management plan and proposed measures. Results and concurrence are documented. Concurrence of the temporary traffic management plan from the appropriate Board of Supervisors member(s) is necessary for the plan to be implemented.
  8. Project staff / VDOT installs and maintains the devices.
  9. Prior to removal of the temporary devices at the end of the construction, project staff / VDOT notifies the Board of Supervisors member(s), civic/homeowners association representatives, and FCDOT of the planned removal date.

NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of RTAP measures.

Local and Collector Residential Streets (Public Streets Only):

As per current VDOT guidelines, collector streets must have a minimum of 12 residences per 1,000 feet and not be used primarily for commercial or industrial access.

Traffic volumes indicated in the existing Traffic Calming Guidelines will not be required as qualifying factors for the application of temporary traffic management strategies.

Strategies to be considered in the temporary traffic management plan, depending on the type of project, anticipated traffic volumes, length of project, and funding availability, may include:

  • Use of a radar speed trailer or fixed speed limit activated YOUR SPEED signs
  • Increased Police enforcement
  • Temporary speed humps / speed tables / raised crosswalks, with appropriate warning signs
  • Temporary signs and pavement markings
  • Temporary choker
  • Temporary crosswalk refuge
  • Temporary raised median
  • Time-of-day turn restrictions – to the local or collector residential street
  • Temporary multi-way stop controlled intersections (not subject to current spacing requirements indicated in the existing Traffic Calming guidelines)
  • Other devices as determined by the project engineer

Principal and Minor Arterial Streets and Non-Residential Collectors:

The following measures may be used proactively:

  • Use of the radar speed trailer or fixed speed limit activated YOUR SPEED signs
  • Increased Police enforcement
  • Enhanced traffic control signs
  • Improvements to increase capacity (e.g., lengthening of turn lanes, intersection channelization)
  • Consideration of traffic signal phasing and timing adjustments
  • Other devices as determined by the project engineer

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