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Fairfax County & Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long Term Planning Study

(Updated September 2021): FCDOT received feedback from the public on its Preliminary Recommendations, as presented at their virtual community meetings in the Summer of 2020. Based on that input, no changes to the recommendations were deemed needed, and a Preferred Alternative was established and tested with FCDOT's transportation forecasting and operations models.

Please check back for further information on:

  • testing of the Preferred Alternative
  • a final report, with recommendations and an impact assessment

Study Background

Over the last two years, FCDOT has worked to identify current deficiencies and future needs along the 31-mile corridor that stretches from Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) in Herndon to Route 1 (Richmond Highway) in Alexandria, suggest improvement strategies, and develop and test the Preliminary Alternatives that will be presented this summer. The goals of the Study include creating a more efficient option for commuters while serving local residents, minimizing impacts to property owners and the environment, and optimizing high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Fairfax County Parkway Reston photoTo date, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has held three rounds of community meetings with opportunities for feedback and public comment in person and through online surveys. FCDOT gathered feedback during the meetings; via comments submitted online, via mail or by phone; and a post-presentation survey.

With this feedback, FCDOT plans to test these preliminary recommendations in its transportation models to ensure that the recommended improvements address future demand/commuter needs. FCDOT will present the final recommendations to the Board of Supervisors this winter. Once the Board of Supervisors have endorsed the Study, FCDOT will propose amending the Comprehensive Plan in Spring 2021. FCDOT also will prioritize the Study to show which recommendations may be implemented in the near future versus over a longer (10-50 year) horizon, as funding allows.

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Study Background

The Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways study includes a short-term and a long-term component.

The Long-Range Planning Study, led by FCDOT and in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will provide recommendations for 2040 and beyond for the FCP/FSP corridor. It will consider whether changes should be made to the county’s current Transportation Plan. Intensive analysis using the County’s Traffic Forecasting Model will be used to determine future network deficiencies. Alternatives to remedy those deficiencies will be developed, and public input will be sought on those alternatives. Final recommendations will be considered for incorporation into the county’s Transportation Plan. Some questions that are to be addressed in this study are:

  • The degree to which existing intersections should be considered for conversion to interchanges or under/overpasses
  • How transit should be integrated into the corridor
  • Whether tolling and or HOV lanes on the Parkways should be planned.
  • Bicycle/ pedestrian mobility

The Short-Term Study, led by VDOT, was completed in 2017. The study evaluated existing transportation issues and developed recommendations for short-term multimodal improvements that can be implemented within one to ten years. Additional project resources:

Community Meeting - Spring 2021

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) and Lee District Supervisor Rodney Lusk held an online community meeting on Thursday, March 11, 2021, to highlight the long-term, draft recommendations such as number of lanes, HOV facilities and interchange locations being considered for the Franconia-Springfield Parkway.

Community Meetings - Summer 2020

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) held three virtual community meetings over Summer 2020 for the Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long-Term Planning Study:

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 30, 2020, 7-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, 7-9 p.m.

Meeting Materials:

  1. Watch: Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Study Presentation (Video) - Summer 2020
  2. Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Study Presentation - Summer 2020
  3. Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Q&A: By Meeting Date I By Category
  4. Summary of Public Outreach Summer 2020
  5. Preliminary Recommendations Map
  6. Corridor Segment Map – from the current Comp Plan
  7. Alternatives Concepts:
    1. Concept 1 - Maximize Traffic Flow
    2. Concept 2 - Minimize Impacts
    3. Concept 3 - Optimize HOV
  8. Traffic analysis results:
    1. Combined Concept Results - AM Peak
    2. Combined Concept Results - PM Peak

Feedback was accepted through Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, and used to create the final Summary of Public Outreach Summer 2020 (Oct. 9, 2020).

Community Meetings - Spring 2019

FCDOT held meetings in Spring 2019 to present the community with refined improvement strategies based on results from the Fall 2018 survey, and to seek further input on residents' and commuters' preferred alternative for the Parkways. The meetings were held:

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Willow Springs Elementary School, 5400 Willow Springs School Road, Fairfax
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Armstrong Elementary School, 11900 Lake Newport Road, Reston
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Sangster Elementary School, 7420 Reservation Drive, Springfield

A second online survey was open for two months with nearly 1,400 survey responses. Meeting materials from the Spring 2019 outreach efforts, along with the summary of public input from the meetings and survey, are available:

What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?

BRT is a high-quality public transportation system designed to be fast, reliable and more convenient than traditional bus systems. Buses travel within dedicated lanes and have limited stops/stations. The system operates similar to a rail service, using a separate, dedicated transitway, while maintaining the flexibility and cost effectiveness of rubber tire bus vehicles

What are the elements of a BRT system?

Every BRT system has a unique design, but most systems include two key elements: the transitway and bus operations.

  • The transitway elements include dedicated roadway lanes for the buses and, traffic signal priority. The system also includes improved pedestrian and bicycle connections to stations along the transitway.
  • The bus operations elements include the frequency of service, stations with level boarding, fare collection before boarding the bus, information technology systems (e.g., real-time bus tracking), buses designed for improved comfort and capacity and a unique system name.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) staff have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions from community members and stakeholders regarding the Fairfax County & Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long-Term Planning Study. The questions are grouped into the following categories:

  1. Study Purpose and Outcomes
  2. Transportation Funding
  3. Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan
  4. Analysis Considerations
  5. Bicycle/Pedestrian
  6. Location-Specific Questions
  7. Park-and-Rides
  8. Transit
  9. Managed Lanes
  10. Noise Walls
  11. Public Outreach
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