On May 12, 2015 the Board of Supervisors initiated Embark Richmond Highway. The Board's action consisted of three components:
- An endorsement of the October 2014 recommendations of the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis Executive Steering Committee for multimodal (roadway, bicycle/pedestrian and transit) improvements from Huntington to Woodbridge, contingent upon supportive land use and an achievable funding plan;
- An authorization of a Comprehensive Plan amendment (PA 2015-IV-MV1) to assess and refine the recommendations of the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis from Huntington to Accotink Village, Fort Belvoir. The amendment will consider: a.) Land use density and mix for the areas within a one-half mile radius of proposed stations, corridor wide transportation systems, urban design, public facilities, and other elements supportive of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and b.) Policy guidance supporting future Metrorail extension from the Huntington Metrorail station to Hybla Valley.
- Direction to proceed with actions necessary to conduct an Environmental Assessment (EA) for BRT from the Huntington Metrorail Station to Accotink Village and the associated road widening of Route 1, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Transportation and other appropriate entities; and to initiate design for the road improvement and BRT projects.
Certain decisions about recommended future transportation improvements for Richmond Highway have already been made as a result of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation's Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis and Board of Supervisors' endorsement of the study's recommendations. The agreed upon decisions about the phased implementation of multimodal transportation improvements are as follows
- Roadway widening from four to six lanes to create a consistent, six-lane cross-section;
- Continuous facilities for pedestrian and bicyclists along the 15 mile corridor (configurations will vary depending on urban design, right-of-way availability, and other local considerations);
- Contingent upon land use changes and project funding, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system from Huntington to Route 123 in Woodbridge in Prince William County, and ultimately a 3-mile Metrorail Yellow Line extension from Huntington to Hybla Valley.
The current Embark Richmond Highway focus area is the Richmond Highway Corridor from Huntington to Fort Belvoir. The above decisions will NOT be revisited in the Embark process, but rather are to be planned and designed in this process.
Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group
A 13-member advisory group will assist with community outreach, provide local and/or subject area expertise, offer input on technical work and recommendations developed by staff, and reach out to stakeholders and the public to encourage participation. All advisory group meetings are open to the public. Visit the Embark Meetings page for more information.
Walter C. Clarke, Co-Chair, Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC)
Dick Knapp, Co-Chair, SFDC
Diane Donley, Mount Vernon District
Earl Flanagan, Mount Vernon District
Carlos Heard, SFDC
Dale Johnson, Mount Vernon District
Vernon Lee, Lee District
Bruce Leonard, SFDC
Rodney Lusk, Lee District
James Miggliaccio, Lee District
Tim Sargeant, At-large
Chris Soule, SFDC
Rebecca Todd, SFDC
Embark Richmond Highway Outreach Subcommittee
A subcommittee of the Advisory Group will work with staff to develop strategies for reaching diverse groups of community stakeholders, and provide input on public outreach tools that can be used to gather feedback and communicate key information. The members of the Advisory Group serving on the Outreach Subcommittee are: