Report Assesses Transportation Demand Management at Fairlee/MetroWest Development
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
July 29, 2005
Report Assesses Transportation Demand Management
at Fairlee/MetroWest Development
A report by UrbanTrans Consultants assessing Transportation Demand Management, or TDM, for the Fairlee/MetroWest development, which is within the Vienna Metrorail Station area, was released today by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. The study was to determine if the reductions in peak hour traffic as outlined in the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan for the Fairlee/MetroWest development were achievable.
According to the report: “The research and analysis elements of the Fairlee/MetroWest TDM Development Program conclude that the trip reduction targets for the proposed project (peak-hour vehicle trip reductions of 47 percent for the residential uses and 25 percent reduction for the office uses) can be achieved through a combination of the physical design characteristics of the site, as proposed, and the full application of the TDM programs and strategies recommended in this document.”
UrbanTrans Consultants further stated: “The trip reductions, however, remain aggressive targets. The development of the TDM program recommendations and the trip reduction analysis conducted for this effort considered the project as a whole, with the full level of development planned; the mix and quantity of residential, office and retail uses proposed; and the pedestrian-friendly design of the site as planned. All of the design elements of the proposed project, along with the recommended TDM strategies (programs and budget levels), must work collectively to achieve the trip reduction targets. With all elements in place, however, trip reductions should prove sustainable.”
In December 2004, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a change to the county’s Comprehensive Plan for certain land units within the Vienna Metrorail Station area known as Fairlee/MetroWest. One element of the revised Comprehensive Plan language pertains to TDM, or strategies aimed at reducing traffic from the development site. TDM includes alternatives to driving alone, such as ridesharing, public transit, walking and biking, as well as the supporting strategies that encourage the use of transportation modes other than the single occupancy vehicle.
“In general,” states the Comprehensive Plan, “at build out, it is expected that, for the residential portion of the development, a reduction in peak hour trips of 47 percent should be achieved through the use of transit and other means; for the office portion of the development, a peak hour reduction of 25 percent is expected to be achieved through the use of transit and other means.”
It is expected that the Fairlee/MetroWest development applicants will use the information from this report to prepare a draft proffer package and TDM program for the county to review that addresses the need for transportation alternatives and trip reductions for the site.
An advisory team with representatives from the community, county government and the development applicant provided background information and feedback during the development of the report.
The full report is available at www.fairleemetrowest-tdm.com (*5 MB PDF file*). For further information regarding the report, contact Kevin Luten or Justin Schor with UrbanTrans Consultants at 202-248-1790 or Angela Rodeheaver with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation at 703-324-1100, TTY 711.
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