Transportation

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-877-5600
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4050 Legato Road, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033

Tom Biesiadny,
Director

Residential Traffic Administration Program (RTAP)

Background

The Residential Traffic Administration Program (RTAP) works directly with communities to decrease the impacts of traffic and enhance safety in area neighborhoods. The RTAP program uses the following tools to achieve these goals:

  • Traffic Calming
  • Cut-Through Mitigation
  • $200 Fine for Speeding Signs
  • Watch for Children (WFC) Signs
  • Through Truck Restrictions

View or print the RTAP Quick Reference Chart (in Adobe PDF format) for brief descriptions of the various programs administered through RTAP.

Traffic calming is the placement of devices in or along the roadway with the intent of reducing vehicle operating speeds to the posted speed limit.

MEASURES

  • Placement of physical measures in or along the roadway (e.g. speed humps, curb bulb-outs, pavement markings, etc.).

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:

The road must:

  • Be in the state system of highways owned and maintained by VDOT.
  • Be classified as a local, collector, or arterial road.
  • Function as a residential street.
  • Have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour (MPH).
  • Have a traffic volume between 500-6,000 vehicles in a 24-hour period.
  • Have an 85th percentile speed of at least 35 MPH in at least one direction.

PROCEDURE:

Qualification Phase

  1. The community sends its request to the District Supervisor, who forwards it to FCDOT.
  2. FCDOT performs a study to determine if the road meets the qualification criteria.
  3. The community forms a task force to work with FCDOT on plan development.

Plan Development Phase

  1. The task force works with FCDOT and VDOT to develop a traffic calming plan.
  2. The task force obtains concurrence from property owners directly adjacent to proposed measures.
  3. FCDOT determines the ballot area based on the task force’s proposed plan.
  4. The task force and FCDOT hold a community informational meeting.  Notification is provided to all residents in the ballot area.
  5. The task force determines whether to conduct a vote via ballot or revise the plan.

Plan Approval and Installation Phase

  1. A vote via ballot is held.  The task force provides a ballot to all properties in the primary use area identified by FCDOT.
    • To pass, greater than 50% of the issued ballots must vote in favor of the plan.
  2. FCDOT requests endorsement of the traffic calming plan from the Board of Supervisors.
  3. The Board of Supervisors resolution is sent to VDOT for review.
  4. FCDOT sends traffic calming plan to Department of Public Works and Environmental Services for installation.

Cut-through mitigation attempts to decrease non-local through traffic in residential areas.

MEASURES:

  • Access restrictions or route modifications.
  • Placement of traffic calming devices (e.g. speed humps).

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:

  • The road must have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour.
  • The road must be a local residential street.  Local residential streets provide direct access to a residential area and are intended only to provide mobility within that area.
  • The road must have at least 150 peak-hour cut-through vehicles in one direction, accounting for more than 40% of the peak-hour traffic in that direction.
  • A reasonable alternate route must exist.

PROCEDURE:

Qualification Phase

  1. The community sends its request to the District Supervisor, who forwards it to FCDOT.
  2. FCDOT determines if the road type and speed limit are acceptable.
  3. FCDOT performs a study to ascertain the volume of cut-through traffic. 
  4. If the road meets the qualification criteria, FCDOT issues a primary use area map & petitions.
  5. The community forms a task force to gather signatures to establish at least 75% support for a cut-through study in the primary use area.
  6. The Board of Supervisors approves a resolution to request cut-through mitigation measures from VDOT.

Plan Development Phase

  1. The task force works with FCDOT and VDOT to develop a cut-through mitigation plan.
  2. VDOT studies and evaluates the plan.
  3. FCDOT and VDOT recommend a preferred alternative if one exists.
  4. The task force determines whether to continue.

Plan Approval and Installation Phase

  1. FCDOT determines the notification area based on the task force’s proposed plan.
  2. The task force, FCDOT, and VDOT hold a community informational meeting.  Invitations are sent to all residents in the notification area.
  3. The task force determines whether to continue.
  4. A vote via ballot is held.  The task force provides a ballot to all residences in the primary use area identified by FCDOT.
    • To pass, greater than 50% of the issued ballots must vote in favor of the plan.
  5. VDOT and Fairfax County conduct a joint public hearing for the cut-through mitigation plan.
  6. Based on the engineering evaluation, the results of the ballot, and public comment, VDOT determines whether to implement the cut-through mitigation plan.
  7. FCDOT and VDOT coordinate the installation of the approved measures.
  8. After installation, FCDOT and VDOT begin evaluating the effect of the installed measures on the road network.

MEASURES:

  • $200 Additional Fine for Speeding signs underneath speed limit signs.

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:

  • The road must be a local road, a collector road, or a minor arterial.
  • The road must have a speed limit of 35 mph or less.
  • The road must have at least 6oo vehicles per day.
  • The 85th percentile speed of vehicles is at least 10 mph over the speed limit in at least one direction.

PROCEDURE:

  1. The community sends its request to the District Supervisor, who forwards it to FCDOT.
  2. FCDOT conducts a traffic count and speed survey of the road.
  3. FCDOT determines whether the road meets the qualification criteria.
  4. If the road meets the qualification criteria, the District Supervisor confirms community support for $200 Additional Fine for Speeding signs.
  5. The Board of Supervisors endorses the installation of $200 Additional Fine for Speeding signs.
  6. FCDOT sends request to VDOT for the installation of the signs.

MEASURES:

  • Watch for Children signs where appropriate in the community.

 QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:

  • Eligible locations are limited to community entrances, playgrounds, daycare or community centers, and other areas of concern.
  • Community support.

PROCEDURE:

  1. The community sends its request to the District Supervisor, who forwards it to FCDOT.
  2. FCDOT reviews the neighborhood to determine locations that meet the qualification criteria.
  3. If FCDOT finds eligible locations, the District Supervisor confirms community support for Watch for Children signs.
  4. The Board of Supervisors endorses the installation of Watch for Children signs.
  5. FCDOT schedules installation of Watch for Children signs.

MEASURES:

  • Prohibits use of a road by trucks that are not making stops in a neighborhood.
  • The prohibition applies to any truck, truck and trailer, or semi-trailer combination, except a pickup or panel truck.

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:

  • The road must be either:
    • a local or collector road in a residential neighborhood or
    • a minor arterial or primary road with at least 12 dwellings per 1000 feet of roadway.
  • A reasonable alternate route must exist.
  • A safety concern or a history of crashes indicates a need for the prohibition.
  • The restriction must be enforceable.

PROCEDURE:

  1. The community sends its request to the District Supervisor, who forwards it to FCDOT.
  2. FCDOT conducts a preliminary analysis of the road to determine if the prohibition would be enforceable and if a reasonable alternate route exists.
  3. If the road meets the preliminary criteria, the Board of Supervisors conducts a public hearing to approve a resolution for the through truck restriction.
  4. The resolution is forwarded to VDOT.
  5. VDOT conducts a comprehensive engineering review of the road.
  6. VDOT publishes a notice of proposed restriction for additional public comment.
  7. Based on its engineering review and public comments, VDOT determines whether to advance the restriction to the Commonwealth Transportation Board for approval.
  8. If the restriction is approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, VDOT installs “Through Trucks Prohibited” signs and enforcement of the restriction will begin.
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