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  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Route1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis Status Update Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee June 10, 2014
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia • Purpose of Presentation – Provide update of study activities – Present Vehicular, Pedestrian and Bicycle Recommendations – Present Refined Transit Alternatives – Show Land Use Analysis – Prepare for discussion of preferred transit alternative in Fall 2014
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Study Area • 14 mile section of Route 1 • Extends from I-95/I-495 Beltway, through Fairfax County, to Route 123 at Woodbridge in Prince William County • Funded with $2 million from the Commonwealth • Conducted by Department of Rail and Public Transportation
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Study Overview • Define the key mobility issues and establish a “needs statement” • Consider a range of multimodal transportation solutions to address the needs • Conduct transportation analysis for the alternatives • Conduct land use analysis to support the alternatives • Perform financial analysis to test viability of the alternatives • Recommend a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and determine required level of environmental documentation
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Public Meetings Topics October 2013 • Purpose and need, goals and objectives • Initial set of alternatives March 2014 • Refined alternatives • Ridership Forecasts • Land use assessment October 2014 • Financial analysis • Evaluation of alternatives • Recommendation for Locally Preferred Alternative
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Purpose and Need Needs: • Attractive and competitive transit service • Safe and accessible pedestrian and bicycle access • Appropriate level of vehicle accommodation • Support and accommodate more robust land development Purpose: Provide improved performance for transit, bicycle and pedestrian, and vehicular conditions and facilities along the Route 1 corridor that support long-term growth and economic development.
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Project Goals GOAL 1: Expand attractive multimodal travel options to improve local and regional mobility GOAL 2: Improve safety; increase accessibility GOAL 3: Increase economic viability and vitality of the corridor GOAL 4: Support community health and minimize impacts on community resources
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Outcome of the Current Study • A recommended multimodal transportation plan for implementation in the Route 1 corridor • The recommended plan will have three elements: – Transit: Mode and alignment – Vehicular: Number of automobile travel lanes – Bike/Ped: Facilities and location Vehicular Travel Lanes Bike/ped Transit Vehicular Travel Lanes Bike/ped
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Public Meeting #2: What Participants Said • Promote additional mixed use development in the proposed station areas 75% of survey respondents say it would be worthwhile to have additional mixed-use development at the proposed stations to support a high quality transit investment. • Create new street and sidewalk connections within the proposed station areas 74% of survey respondents say it would be worthwhile to create new street and sidewalk connections in the proposed stations areas to support a high quality transit investment. • Improve traffic flow Residents and travelers in the corridor consistently cite traffic congestion as a major concern. • Sense of urgency for improvements Need for safer, more connected pedestrian and bicycling environment. • Interest in a future Metrorail investment 55% of respondents favored the Metrorail/BRT Hybrid, Alternative 4. Note: Survey responses came from the public meeting and from an on-line version made available after the meeting. The survey is not intended to be statistically valid.
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Step 1: Identify the best transportation options Range of Alternatives Initial Alternatives Refined Alternatives
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Step 2: Combine options into multimodal alternatives Complete Technical Analysis + Evaluate Alternatives against Goals and Objectives
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Existing Lanes: Varies from 4 to 6 lanes Expanded Lanes: Three or four lanes, depending on location along the corridor Converted Lanes Consistent Lanes
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Vehicular Lanes Recommendation Consistent, 6 vehicular lanes along the entire corridor 1. Recommendation from prior studies and plans (VDOT and Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan) 2. Technical evaluation based on traffic and right-of-way analysis 3. Confirmed findings with VDOT
  • 14 Bicycle and Pedestrian Alternatives Sidewalk + bike lane Sidewalk + bus/bike lane General Purpose Lane or Dedicated Transit Lane General Purpose Lane or Dedicated Transit Lane General Purpose Lane or Dedicated Transit Lane General Purpose Lane or Dedicated Transit Lane Sidewalk + buffered bike lane Multiuse path (bike and ped) Key Evaluation factors: • Safety and comfort for cyclists of all abilities • ROW impacts Measures and factors: • Bicycle compatibility index and Bicycle Level of Service • Possible to implement incrementally / flexible over time 8’
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Bicycle and Pedestrian Recommendation 10-foot Multiuse Path (both sides of street) 1. Technical evaluation based on trade-offs among accessibility, safety, and required right-of-way 2. Note: implementation of recommended section varies along corridor
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Initial Transit Alternatives Four Initial Transit Alternatives: • Enhanced Bus • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) • Light Rail Transit (LRT) • Metrorail Enhanced Bus BRT LRT Metrorail Proposed Park & Ride Huntington Beacon Hill Woodbridge VRE Hybla Valley Penn Daw Lockheed Blvd
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Four Refined Alternatives for Further Evaluation 1. Bus Rapid Transit 1- Curbside 2. Bus Rapid Transit 2- Median 3. Light Rail Transit 4. Metrorail- BRT Hybrid Huntington Penn Daw Beacon Hill Lockheed Blvd Hybla Valley Woodbridge VRE Proposed P&R Metrorail (Underground) LRT in Dedicated Lanes BRT in Dedicated Lanes BRT in Mixed Traffic Proposed Park & Ride
  • Alternative 1: Bus Rapid Transit 1 – Curbside BRT operates in dedicated curbside lanes from Huntington to Pohick Road North Huntington Penn Daw Beacon Hill Lockheed Blvd Hybla Valley Woodbridge VRE BRT in Dedicated Lanes BRT in Mixed Traffic Proposed Park & Ride
  • Alternative 1: Bus Rapid Transit 1 – Curbside BRT operates in mixed traffic between Pohick Road North and Woodbridge Huntington Penn Daw Beacon Hill Lockheed Blvd Hybla Valley Woodbridge VRE BRT in Dedicated L BRT in Mixed Traffic Proposed Park & Rid
  • Alternative 2: Bus Rapid Transit 2 - Median BRT operates in median in dedicated lanes in Fairfax County; transitions to mixed traffic in Prince William County Huntington Penn Daw Beacon Hill Lockheed Blvd Hybla Valley Woodbridge VRE BRT in Dedicated Lanes BRT in Mixed Traffic Proposed Park & Ride
  • Alternative 3: Light Rail Transit (Median) Light Rail operates in median in dedicated lanes for entire corridor LRT in Dedicated Lanes Huntington Penn Daw Beacon Hill Lockheed Blvd Hybla Valley Woodbridge VRE Proposed Park & Ride
  • Alternative 4: Metrorail- BRT Hybrid Metrorail operates underground from Huntington to Hybla Valley; Transfer to BRT service at Hybla Valley to Woodbridge Huntington Beacon Hill Hybla Valley Woodbridge VRE BRT in Dedicated Lanes BRT in Mixed Traffic Metrorail (Underground) Proposed Park & Ride
  • 23 4. Land Use Analysis How does land use relate to the alternatives?
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Scenario 1: “Base Land Use Scenario” = 2035 MWCOG regional forecast Scenario 2: What is a reasonable growth expectation for a corridor that invests in high-quality transit (BRT or LRT)? Scenario 3: How much do population and employment need to increase to achieve density levels typically supportive of Metrorail? +25% over 2035 regional forecast +15% +25% +246% +531% +202% +169% over 2035 regional forecast Source: DRPT Multimodal Design Guidelines (2013) Large Town/Suburban Center (Express Bus) Medium Town/Suburban Center (Fixed Route Bus) Urban Center (BRT/ LRT) Source: DRPT Multimodal Design Guidelines (2013) Urban Core (Rail)
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Beacon Hill: Land Use Scenario One (2035 COG Projection)
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Beacon Hill: Land Use Scenario Two
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Beacon Hill: Current County Comprehensive Plan (Envisioned “build-out” level of development)
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Beacon Hill Station Scenario Three Growth and Development that would support Metrorail
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Arriving at a Preferred Alternative Evaluate the Alternatives based on Project Goals and Objectives and Implementation Factors Example Measures: • Ridership • Traffic Impacts • Travel time • Safe bike/ped facilities • Capital and operating costs • Cost effectiveness • Ability to spur economic development • Impacts on right-of-way and environmental resources • Decrease in vehicle miles traveled
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Funding Options • Currently Evaluating All Funding Options – Federal (FTA, TIGER, Formula) – State – Regional – Local – Private/Developer – Other • Board 6-Year Transportation Funding Priorities have transit set aside of $199 m to advance transit projects once preferred option has been determined
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia • Recommendations for a program of road, bike and pedestrian improvements, and a high-quality transit alternative to be carried forward for implementation • Consideration of project funding options • Determination of the appropriate level of environmental documentation • Ultimately, consideration of revisions to County Comprehensive Plan to balance future land use with future transportation Study Products
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia Upcoming Schedule • June to August – Complete Analysis; Make Recommendation • September - Technical Advisory Committee Executive Steering Committee Community Involvement Committee • October - Public Meeting • December - Board Consideration of Locally Preferred Alternative
  • County of Fairfax, Virginia • Questions