Transportation

Fairfax County, Virginia

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4050 Legato Road, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033

Tom Biesiadny,
Director

Route 7 Bus Rapid Transit Study

News and Information

Virtual Meeting Held March 19 and 24; Comments Closed April 16, 2021

The Route 7 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study intends to provide details on how a BRT system would function in Tysons from Spring Hill Metrorail Station to the I-66 interchange. After developing and testing potential BRT routes in Tysons, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation held a second round of public meeting on the Route 7 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study on March 19 and 24, 2021, to present alternatives for potential alignment along with station locations and to seek public feedback and comments.

For those unable to attend the events, meeting materials are available: 

The study team can be reached:

  • Electronically through the red feedback button at the bottom of this page
  • In writing to FCDOT, Attn: Route 7 BRT, 4050 Legato Road, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22033
  • Calling 703-877-5600, TTY 711
Background

Route 7 BRT Alternatives MapThe Route 7 BRT Study, led by FCDOT and in collaboration with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will provide recommendations for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Tysons from the Spring Hill Metrorail Station to the I-66 interchange regarding alignment, runningway, roadway cross section and station locations.

The study is based on the Envision Route 7 Corridor Transit Study, undertaken by Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), which identified BRT as the preferred transit alternative for Route 7, from the Mark Center to Tysons. To complement NVTC’s study and to effectively plan for the future, FCDOT is conducting a more detailed study of the BRT within Tysons. The study intends to provide the below information:

  • BRT alignment, terminal station, and how the buses will turn around.
  • Type of transit runningway that BRT would operate in (i.e. curb running, median running, bus and turn only (BAT) lane, mixed traffic).
  • Roadway cross sections.
  • BRT station locations.

The study will consider how the BRT will affect pedestrian and bicycle activity, vehicular traffic, and other transit in the area and how it will integrate with other ongoing planning efforts under consideration. The resulting recommendation will guide the implementation of the Route 7 BRT within Tysons.

Timeline and Next Steps

Route 7 BRT StudyThe study commenced in October 2018 and is expected to be completed by Spring/Summer 2021.

FCDOT staff held a stakeholder meeting on the Route 7 BRT study on March 11, 2020, at in the Marshall High School cafeteria (F102), 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 

Fairfax County will continue to reach out to stakeholders along the proposed route(s) regarding the proposed alternatives and to gather feedback and comments. 

Stay in touch with the Route 7 BRT Study and FCDOT:

  • Visit this webpage for project updates and meeting notices
  • Receive notifications to your phone or email by subscribing to Fairfax Alerts
  • Follow FCDOT on Facebook

FCDOT ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need this information in an alternate format or would like to request reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact FCDOT at 703-877-5600, TTY 711. Requests for assistance must be received at least 7 business days in advance of an event.

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.

NVTC Envision Route 7 Study

  • NVTC completed Phase III of the Envision Route 7 Corridor Transit Study in Fall 2019, which involved the development of planning level drawings of the BRT alignment, right-of-way requirements, and roadway geometry (e.g., typical sections and critical vertical clearance) along the corridor. The development of a concept level design will help identify and allow for mitigation strategies of possible fatal flaws or locations of concerns, including issues related to right-of-way and/or structural limitations that would (or would not) accommodate the proposed BRT (e.g., exclusive lane). Envision Route 7 BRT Phase IV - Mobility Analysis Study is currently being developed and planned.
  • For more information on how BRT was identified as the transit technology to serve the Route 7 corridor and the findings from early and ongoing phase of Envision Route 7, visit NVTC’s Envision Route 7 webpage.
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