The Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Update Community Meeting has been rescheduled from Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, to Jan. 31, 2024.
When: Open House January 31, 2024, 6:30-9PM, Presentation 7 PM
Where: Bryant High School (2709 Popkins Lane) - Auditorium
Topic: Recap of project decisions and milestones, and overview of next steps
At the meeting, Fairfax County Department of Transportation will discuss updates on the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project - what has been completed, hear a recap of decisions and milestones, and learn about next steps!
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has determined that the project met the criteria of a Categorical Exclusion under the agency’s implementing regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on January 7, 2022.
On Friday, February 25, 2022, the Richmond Highway BRT was officially named when Fairfax County officials launched the brand identity, developed with input from community members and stakeholders over three years. And the name is -- The One!
BRT is a high-quality public transportation system designed to be fast, reliable, and more convenient than traditional bus routes. It operates much like rail service, with a dedicated transitway, but uses bus vehicles.
The proposed Richmond Highway BRT system will have nine stations, constructed in two sections, and will connect to major employment centers, shopping centers, and residential communities along the Richmond Highway corridor, from Huntington Metrorail Station to Fort Belvoir. The project will include pedestrian and bicycle facilities as well as other amenities to support the proposed system.
Based on recommendations from a Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) study, Fairfax County Department of Transportation is working with residents, community stakeholders, and partner agencies to plan, design, and constructa Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for the Richmond Highway Corridor.
The goal of the BRT system is to increase transit ridership along the corridor and ultimately lead to the future Metrorail extension to Hybla Valley. The system is planned to extend along Richmond Highway (Route 1) and North Kings Highway from Fort Belvoir to the Huntington Metrorail Station, in two sections. Section I of the project extends along North Kings Highway from the Huntington Metrorail Station to Richmond Highway, and along Richmond Highway to Gum Springs. Section II extends along Richmond Highway from Gum Springs to Fort Belvoir.
The collective approach to implementing the recommendations from the DRPT study (including land use and roadway changes, as well as the BRT system) in Fairfax County is called Embark Richmond Highway. You can learn more about Embark Richmond Highway here. You can also visit the FAQ pageto find answers to common questions about the Richmond Highway BRT project and process.
What is BRT?
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high-quality public transportation system designed to be fast, reliable, and more convenient than traditional bus routes.
In 2013 and 2014, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) conducted a Multimodal Alternatives Analysis for an approximately 16-mile segment of Route 1, from I-495/Huntington Metro to