Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee: Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept

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Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee: Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept

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  • 1. Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee June 25, 2013 Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept 1
  • 2. Study purpose Establish most effective way to serve the County’s needs to accommodate planned growth over the long term by improving public transit usage. Update Enhanced Public Transportation Corridors (EPTC) with High Quality Transit Network (HQTN) and further define modes and station locations. 2 2
  • 3. Where are we in the study process? We are at the third of our four stages of public involvement and review: • Goals/objectives (July 2012) • Functions (November 2012) • Proposed HQTN Concept (July 2013) • Final concept (November 2013) Our next steps are to: • Review Proposed HQTN Concept • Consider refinements • Develop additional details on mode, right-ofway, and station locations • Finalize recommendations 3
  • 4. Fairfax County Future Development Concept 4 Support future development concept, serve activity centers 4
  • 5. Transit Corridor Function The type of premium transit service appropriate for each corridor will reflect the traveler needs and land use context in that corridor. Destination corridors, like the Crystal City Potomac Yards transitway, connect neighborhoods to multiple activity centers, functioning primarily to provide access. Commuter corridors, like Virginia Railway Express, primarily serve one major activity center and tend to focus on journey-to-work trips and function primarily to provide mobility. District circulators, like the planned Tysons Corner Circulator, enhance mobility within an activity center or group of adjacent centers. 5 Source: Center for Transit Oriented Development 5
  • 6. Transit Network Functional Concepts Access focus Mobility focus The November 2012 public meeting presented outcomes for different functional concepts for a High Quality Transit Network. The access focus attracts more total transit riders whereas the mobility focus provides better access to regional jobs. Both had a similar benefit in reducing vehicle travel. 6
  • 7. Development of Proposed HQTN Concept Constituents value multiple objectives: • Increase access to destinations • Include both high demand commuter and TOD destination corridors • Increase transit ridership • Take cars off the road • Encourage TOD • Support Countywide vision for managed growth • Be affordable • Be understandable/usable • Be connected A total of four concepts were reviewed in November. The Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept utilizes the best ideas from each for a contextsensitive fit to individual corridor needs. 7
  • 8. Proposed HQTN Concept The Proposed HQTN Concept builds upon the existing and Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) transit investments to create an interconnected network of commuter and destination corridors, supported by connecting express bus routes. 8
  • 9. HQTN Concept Elements Existing High Quality Transit Network elements serving Fairfax County include Metrorail and VRE with supportive express bus services on HOV/HOT lanes. 9
  • 10. HQTN Concept Elements Constrained Long Range Plan transit connections provide starting point for Proposed HQTN Concept: • Silver Line (Metrorail) • Columbia Pike (Streetcar) • Beauregard/Van Dorn Transitway (TBD) 10
  • 11. HQTN Concept Elements The recommendations will be coordinated with ongoing current studies • Route 7 High Occupancy Toll lane study • I-66 Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement • Route 7 Alternatives Analysis • Route 1 Alternatives Analysis 11
  • 12. HQTN Concept Elements Commuter Corridors provide capacity to connect Fairfax County with other jurisdictions for longer-distance trips as region expands over time: • Metrorail Orange Line Extension • Metrorail Blue Line Extension 12
  • 13. HQTN Concept Elements Destination Corridors provide service to support access to and within transit-oriented development along linear corridors: • Route 7 Light Rail Transit (LRT) • Richmond Highway LRT • Route 28 LRT/Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) • Merrifield/McLean LRT/BRT 13
  • 14. HQTN Concept Elements North-South Express Bus Services connect activity centers and support HQTN services in radial corridors and provide flexibility for through-routing: • Beltway Express (Enhanced) • Fairfax County Parkway • Route 28 • Bus lanes may also include HOV/HOT 14
  • 15. HQTN Concept Elements East-West Express Bus Services support HQTN services, augment grid of direct and flexible transit connections: • Route 50 – Orange Line bus bridge function • Route 236 – continuation of Alexandria transitway • Express bus route mileage at least 50% managed lanes 15
  • 16. HQTN Concept Elements The Proposed HQTN Concept includes 104 miles of new HQTN routes with 53 new stations. These routes include: • 31 miles & 9 Stations Metrorail • 73 miles & 44 Stations LRT/BRT Supported by: • 110 miles & 21 stations Express Bus 16
  • 17. Measures of effectiveness The Proposed HQTN Concept achieves a range of triplebottom line goals and objectives. 17
  • 18. Measures of effectiveness 2050 weekday peak period ridership compares favorably to other regional transit routes 18
  • 19. Measures of effectiveness Other Highlights: • The Proposed HQTN Concept provides new transit access to 28 activity centers with higher than average levels of transit ridership propensity based on transit dependency. • The Proposed HQTN Concept provides new destination corridor transit routes to serve activity centers with developable properties and designated revitalization areas. • The Proposed HQTN Concept provides new transit access to activity centers with key retail/service destinations. 19
  • 20. Measures of effectiveness • Capital cost per passenger is a measure of cost effectiveness. • Higher cost projects can bear higher capital costs per passenger due to operating efficiencies • New Starts approvals indicate current federal/local funding climate • Proposed High Quality Transit Network projects compare favorably 20
  • 21. Supporting policies CLRP/TDP Park and Ride lot (>50 spaces) HQTN Park and Ride lot / expansion Supporting feeder bus, park and ride (beyond existing or TDP/CLRP spaces), and circulator systems will provide broader access to commuter services and increased coverage within larger activity centers. Circulator (Fort Belvoir: DOD only) 21
  • 22. Next steps • Public meeting Government Center July 10 @ 6:00 p.m. • Response to comments and further stakeholder coordination • Mode, ROW, station, and typical section requirements • Phasing and timing • Comprehensive Plan Amendment(s) 22
  • 23. Questions? Please feel free to contact DOT staff should you wish to meet to discuss individually. Thomas Burke (703) 877-5681 Thomas.Burke@FairfaxCounty.gov 23
  • 24. Backup slides Do not include slides, here and beyond, with hard-copy handouts. Only have these later slides available for onscreen assistance during presentation. 24
  • 25. Study goals and objectives The study goals and objectives reflect the triple-bottom line of economic, environmental, and social benefits. 25
  • 26. Current land use Fairfax County’s land use policies encourage development within designated activity centers, which currently include about: • 10% of County acreage • 19% of County households • 82% of County jobs 2010 Activity Density = (population+jobs)/acre Blue: (AD>4): supports local bus service Red: (AD>20) supports bus rapid transit (BRT) Purple: (AD>50) supports rail transit 26 26
  • 27. Future land use Fairfax County’s land use policies encourage development within designated activity centers, which by 2050 include about: • 10% of County acreage • 36% of County households • 89% of County jobs 2050 Initial Activity Density = (population+jobs)/acre Blue: (AD>4): supports local bus service Red: (AD>20) supports bus rapid transit (BRT) Purple: (AD>50) supports rail transit 27 27
  • 28. Prior public meetings Public outreach in July and November 2012 is reflected in our proposed High Quality Transit Network concept. In July, we reviewed goals, objectives, and potential connections. In November, we presented concepts for establishing premium commuter, connector, or destination transit corridors. 28 28
  • 29. Express bus flexibility North-South Express Bus Services connect activity centers and support HQTN services in radial corridors and provide flexibility for through-routing: • Beltway Express (Enhanced) • Fairfax County Parkway • Route 28 • Bus lanes may also include HOV/HOT 29
  • 30. Measures of effectiveness The Proposed HQTN Concept provides new transit access to 28 activity centers with higher than average levels of transit ridership propensity based on transit dependency. 30
  • 31. Measures of effectiveness The Proposed HQTN Concept provides new destination corridor transit routes to serve places with developable properties and designated revitalization areas 31
  • 32. Measures of effectiveness The Proposed HQTN Concept provides new transit access to activity centers with key retail/service destinations 32