Transportation Funding, December 15, 2010 Meeting


Fairfax County Held a Public Meeting on Funding Tysons Transportation Improvements on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

In June 2010, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted a new Comprehensive Plan for Tysons. The plan will transform Tysons into a transit-oriented mixed-use urban center. A major component of this plan is a redesigned transportation system that maximizes the advantages of establishing four new Metrorail stations. This new transportation system will include a vastly improved street network, better pedestrian and bicycle routes, community shuttles, and improved transit systems both within Tysons and connecting Tysons to the surrounding neighborhoods. All of these improvements will reduce the time, cost, and inconvenience of getting to and moving within Tysons.

The Board of Supervisors has directed staff to work on potential arrangements for funding the needed infrastructure, including developing co-operative funding agreements with the private sector. Staff has created a preliminary staff proposal on how to share costs between the private and the public sectors, and has begun to engage the community to see if consensus can be reached. The preliminary proposal represents staff thoughts at this time and will be further informed based upon discussions with the community. Subsequent to these discussions, staff will consider community comments, suggestions and modifications prior to presenting staffs proposal to the Board. The Board has not endorsed or taken any position on the preliminary staff proposal.

The purpose of the December 15, 2010 meeting was to present the proposed improvements and their associated costs to the public and begin discussion with the community on how to share those costs between the private and the public sectors. Staff’s preliminary proposal for allocating the costs associated with transportation improvements needed by 2030 results in the private sector funding 42% of the total estimated cost and the public sector funding 58% of the total estimated costs. The full presentation is available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/tysons/implementation/download/funding_presentation12-15-10.pdf

Any questions or comments on the plan can be sent to tysons@fairfaxcounty.gov.


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