Ichter Named Director of Transportation

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Feb. 27, 2006

Kathy Ichter Appointed Director of Fairfax County Department of Transportation

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today appointed Kathy Ichter as the director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. Selected after a nationwide search, Ichter’s appointment is effective with the current pay period.

Ichter has worked for the Fairfax County Department of Transportation since 1984. Since July she has been the acting director of the agency.  

As acting director, Ichter has led and managed FCDOT activities including:

  • Implementation of the Board of Supervisors’ Four-Year Transportation Plan.
  • Operation of the county’s Fairfax Connector bus service.
  • Development of funding strategies to support transportation projects, programs and services within Fairfax County.
  • Preparation of county and state capital improvement programs.
  • Oversight and review of the financial and design elements of the Dulles Corridor Rapid Transit Project.
  • Update and maintenance of the transportation element of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Review and analysis of the impacts of development on the county’s transportation infrastructure and systems.
  • Oversight of financial, operational and service issues associated with the Virginia Railway Express and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrobus and Metrorail systems within Fairfax County.
  • Administration and development of Transportation Demand Management programs, such as ridesharing and teleworking, as well as transportation programs for special needs populations and users groups such as the elderly, the disabled and pedestrians.
  • Design review and coordination of multi-modal transportation projects.
  • Development and administration of residential parking and traffic management and operations programs including the county’s traffic calming, cut-through traffic, Community Parking District and Residential Permit Parking District programs.
  • Development and administration of the Fairfax County Pedestrian Program to coordinate and improve policies and programs for pedestrians, including constructing pedestrian improvements in high-priority areas.

Prior to serving as acting director, Ichter was the chief of the FCDOT Transportation Planning and Operations Division, a consolidation of two divisions within the agency.  She was responsible for managing the update and maintenance of the transportation element of the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan; review of rezoning and special exceptions applications for transportation impacts; development and maintenance of the agency’s transportation databases and analysis of that data; transportation planning and traffic engineering aspects of multi-modal transportation project designs; and coordinating traffic operational activities with the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

Prior to joining the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Ichter worked for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in the Transportation Planning Division; the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Program Evaluation; and as a research trainee at VDOT’s Virginia Transportation Research Council. 

Ichter holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is a registered professional engineer in the commonwealth of Virginia, a graduate and member of Leadership Fairfax, and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and Virginia Section Institute of Transportation Engineers. Ichter received the A. Heath Onthank Award, the highest honor awarded by Fairfax County to its employees, in 2005.  She also was the 2005 Lady Fairfax for Braddock District and was awarded the Les Dorson Public Leadership Award in 2004.

Ichter’s salary will be $134,000 a year.


Kathy Ichter

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