Board of Supervisors Adopts Transportation Plan
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Feb. 9, 2004
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Adopts Transportation Plan
At its regularly scheduled meeting this morning, Monday, Feb. 9, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted a transportation plan developed by Chairman Gerald E. Connolly. While acknowledging that transportation remains a state responsibility, the board affirmed its desire to partner with the state to jump start projects. Connolly's plan includes funding that comes from a combination of federal, state and county monies to complete projects. The plan calls for a total investment of $215 million for transportation projects throughout the next four years, including $165 million in general obligation bond funding.
The board had already adopted a Capital Improvement Plan including a $115 million transportation bond on this year's ballot. With the adoption of Connolly's transportation plan, the board will now be asking county residents for the right to sell an additional $50 million in general obligation bonds for transportation. The bonds previously identified in the CIP for sale included $110 million for funding Metro and $5 million to fund pedestrian connections.
The additional $50 million in county monies coupled with $50 million in Regional Surface Transportation Program funds and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funds (federal with state match) will go towards a combination of major transit and highway projects (total cost: $90,850,000), spot intersection improvements (total cost: $3,825,000) and pedestrian improvements (total cost: $5,325,000). The spot improvements are intended as lower-cost, quick-hit fixes to clear bottlenecks and increase safety countywide.
Other elements of the plan include a variety of transportation initiatives designed to encourage more residents to use transit, including bus and rail improvements, improved traffic flow through modernized signal operations, and enhanced incident management to prevent delays caused by fender benders and disabled vehicles. Context engineering, expedited projects, increased telework and increased transportation funding are other transportation issues that Connolly addresses in the plan.
The board unanimously adopted the plan today with an amendment requiring staff to bring an implementation plan for this program to the Board of Supervisors.
For more information, please call Young Ho Chang, director, Fairfax
County Department of Transportation at 703-324-1165, TTY 711.