Transportation

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-877-5600
TTY 711

4050 Legato Road, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033

Tom Biesiadny,
Director

Transportation Alternatives Program

Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) began with the federal transportation bill signed in July 2012 – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. The program is intended to help local sponsors fund community based projects that expand non-motorized travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historical and environmental aspects of transportation infrastructure. The program's projects will be eligible for submission to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for funding under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, also known as the FAST Act.

Eligible Activities under the Transportation Alternatives Program

  1. Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  2. Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
  3. Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other nonmotorized transportation users.
  4. Construction of turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas.
  5. Community improvement activities, including: inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising; historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities; vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control;  archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under title 23.
  6. Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to:address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff, reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
  7. Recreational Trails program
  8. Safe Routes to School program 
  9. Infrastructure-related projects-planning, design, and construction of infrastructure-related projects on any public road or any bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail in the vicinity of schools that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school, including sidewalk improvements, traffic calming and speed reduction improvements, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, on-street bicycle facilities, off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities, secure bicycle parking facilities, and traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools.
  10. Non-infrastructure-related activities to encourage walking and bicycling to school, including public awareness campaigns and outreach to press and community leaders, traffic education and enforcement in the vicinity of schools, student sessions on bicycle and pedestrian safety, health, and environment, and funding for training, volunteers, and managers of safe routes to school programs.
  11. Safe Routes to School coordinator.
  12. Planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.

Program News and Updates

Public meeting held May 27; Comments closed June 15, 2021

Fairfax County Department of Transportation held a public input meeting on four projects to be submitted for the FY23 Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Project (TAP) application process. The meeting was held on Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 p.m. online via WEBEX.

Projects Submitted for Funding

Vienna Metrorail Bike Connection Improvement 

This project will add dedicated bicycle facilities to Virginia Center Boulevard and Country Creek Road from Nutley Street to Sutton Road. The project will also include a connection to the I-66 Trail that is being planned with the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project. The project provide protected bike lanes through a combination of implementing a road diet, narrowing the existing median, and adding trail connections behind the existing curb.

Mason Neck Trail (Pohick Bay Park Entrance to Route 1) 

This project would construct missing walkway links along Gunston Road from Richmond Highway (Route 1) to the existing trail.

Shrevewood Elementary School Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

The Shrevewood Elementary School (SRTS) project will add two new marked crosswalks across Shreve Road, one at Fairwood Lane to the west with a pedestrian refuge island and one at the eastern driveway of Shrevewood Elementary School, in addition to a third crosswalk across Virginia Lane at Virginia Avenue.

Bush Hill Elementary School SRTS 

This project would add a pedestrian connection to Bush Hill Elementary School.

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