Conceptual Master Plans on Display at the Sept. 16 Embark Richmond Highway Open House


Sept. 8, 2017

News Highlights

  • An Embark Richmond Highway open house will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, at West Potomac High School, Alexandria.
  • The public will be able to see and learn about draft conceptual master plans for Penn Daw, Beacon/Groveton, Hybla Valley and Woodlawn, four areas proposed for future bus rapid transit stations along Richmond Highway.
  • These concepts include building heights, building forms, park and plaza space and streetscapes.

At a Sept.16 open house, Fairfax County will present the draft concept plans for four areas that are proposed for future bus rapid transit stations along Richmond Highway.

Open house participants will be able to see the proposed concepts for the Penn Daw, Beacon/Groveton, Hybla Valley and Woodlawn areas. These concepts include building heights, building forms, park and plaza space and streetscapes.

The Embark Richmond Highway open house will be held from 9 a.m.to noon on Sept. 16, 2017, at the West Potomac High School library, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria.

Light refreshments will be served, and the open house is a chance for the community to:

  • Share thoughts and ideas on the future development and community needs for the Richmond Highway corridor.
  • Listen to project overview presentations offered periodically throughout the morning.
  • Talk to staff about the Richmond Highway widening project from Jeff Todd Way to Napper Road.
  • Talk to staff about the planned bus rapid transit system on Richmond Highway

Background

Embark Richmond Highway is a multi-year effort involving land use and transportation planning. The effort also includes design and construction activities for a bus rapid transit system operating primarily on dedicated lanes along Richmond Highway. An expanded and connected system of roadways, walkways, trails and bicycle facilities are planned to work seamlessly with the BRT system. This planning effort will also address the future extension of the Metrorail Yellow Line to Hybla Valley.

The county is updating its Comprehensive Plan to support the population and job growth associated with the planned transit improvements along the Richmond Highway corridor. The focus will be primarily on planning for walkable, urban-style mixed use development in the vicinity of the future transit stations, with the goal of creating vibrant, active communities where people can live, work, shop and play — all with easy access to transit.

The project supports the county’s long-term planning goals of expanding transit service, improving pedestrian and bicycle systems, and building more dense, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments that attract residents and businesses, creating more jobs and increasing tax revenue. Embark Richmond Highway also aligns with the county’s strategic economic success plan, as well as efforts to revitalize the corridor.

Embark Richmond Highway resulted from a Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation study on the transportation needs for the Richmond Highway corridor. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed the study’s recommendations in May 2015, moving the project forward for planning, design and construction, with implementation anticipated to occur after 2020.

Transportation

Public transportation to the event location is available through Fairfax Connector Routes 151, 152, 159 and 171. Check schedules on the Connector website.

Requests for transportation and childcare assistance are accepted through Friday, Sept. 8, by calling 703-704-6336, TTY 711, or by email.

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