Richmond Highway BRT Project to Enter Engineering Phase

Published on
06/26/2024
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The Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has received approval to enter the Engineering Phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, marking significant progress for Fairfax County's transportation infrastructure.

The Richmond Highway BRT will feature a 7.4-mile dedicated bus lane and mixed traffic extending from the Huntington Metro Station to Fort Belvoir. Existing transit service in the corridor does not meet the needs of current or future residents, with challenges such as long travel times, infrequent service and delays during rush hour. The new BRT system is expected to improve transit frequency, reliability, comfort and attractiveness.

The project includes nine BRT stations, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and safety enhancements. The aim is to provide a faster, more reliable transit option, reducing traffic congestion and supporting economic growth.

“This milestone approval propels us towards a transformative era in Fairfax County’s transportation landscape. The Richmond Highway BRT project is not just about enhancing transit; it’s about fostering economic growth, improving the quality of life for our residents, and building a sustainable future. As we move into the engineering phase, we reaffirm our dedication to creating a modern, efficient, and reliable transit system that meets the evolving needs of our vibrant community,” said Chairman Jeffrey McKay, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

 

Background

This approval aligns with Embark Richmond Highway, the county project aiming to improve the Richmond Highway area with better transportation options and economic growth. The county is working with VDOT to widen Richmond Highway, adding more lanes and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. A key part of this plan is the new Bus Rapid Transit system endorsed by the Board of Supervisors in 2015. The improvements will support federal investments, including upgrades to Fort Belvoir.

 

What Happens Next

Next steps for this mega project involve detailed engineering and design, securing additional funding and preparing for construction. The BRT is expected to be operational by late 2031, significantly improving public transit along this critical corridor. The project is estimated to cost approximately $937million.

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