Embark Richmond Highway Plan Approved; Brings Bus Rapid Transit, Development

Following two years of intense effort, on March 20 the Board of Supervisors approved a sweeping new land-use plan that supports walking, biking and a bus rapid transit system on Richmond Highway. Called Embark Richmond Highway, the update to the 7.5-mile corridor’s land-use plan is the first step needed to build a future bus rapid transit, or BRT, system. The future bus rapid transit system will run primarily in the median from the Huntington Metro Station to Fort Belvoir. Eventually it will extend to the county border at the Occoquan River. Buses are expected to run every six to 10 minutes between the nine BRT stations planned along the corridor. The revised land-use plan also supports two future Metro stations along the highway, extending the rail system’s Yellow Line to Hybla Valley. Learn More About Embark Richmond Highway Plan   Residential Development and Park Space Overall, the plan calls for concentrating more mixed-use development, especially residential, within a half mile around the nine BRT stations. It also imagines new ways to get around, providing continuous walking and bike paths along the corridor in addition to the bus system. While the total amount of new development isn’t significantly more than the previous land-use … Continue reading Embark Richmond Highway Plan Approved; Brings Bus Rapid Transit, Development