Continuation of Countywide Dialogue on Transportation: Project Selection A Six-Year Outlook

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Fall 2013 Public Outreach

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  • 1. Continuation of Countywide Dialogue on Transportation: Project Selection County of Fairfax, Virginia A Six-Year Outlook Fall 2013 Public Outreach Tom Biesiadny, Director Fairfax County Department of Transportation 1
  • 2. Content County of Fairfax, Virginia Background Purpose Funding Outlook Unfunded Transportation Needs Cost Benefit Analysis/Project Selection/Prioritization Public Outreach/Input Opportunities Next Steps 2
  • 3. Background County of Fairfax, Virginia February 2012 – Staff presented transportation funding needs to the Board and discussed possible sources of revenue. Spring – Summer 2012 – Staff and the Transportation Advisory Commission developed and the Board of Supervisors approved a public outreach strategy. Fall 2012 – the “Countywide Dialogue on Transportation” was conducted; numerous public meetings and a web survey were conducted to discuss potential new funding sources for transportation. 3 Winter/Spring 2013 – The Virginia General Assembly met and considered a variety of transportation funding strategies/bills, and adopted a transportation funding plan that included regional funding for Northern Virginia.
  • 4. Purpose County of Fairfax, Virginia • Evaluate unfunded projects based on several selection criteria, including public input • Utilize all available revenue sources to meet the needs of these projects • Assist the Board of Supervisors in selecting transportation priorities through FY 2020 4
  • 5. Funding Outlook County of Fairfax, Virginia • Staff has considered all available revenue sources for FY2014FY2020. • Revenues committed to projects in the Board’s Four-Year Plan (FY2013-FY2016) have been excluded from discussion. • A significant amount of funding comes from local and regional revenues. However, estimated increases in state funding for transportation projects in Fairfax County, due to the enactment of HB 2313, have also been included. • Total estimated funding available through FY2020 is $1.2 billion. • The Board of Supervisors does not directly allocate all of these 5 funds. However, this effort is intended to identify the Board’s priorities to NVTA , CTB and others.
  • 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia PROJECTS 6
  • 7. County Projects Needed County of Fairfax, Virginia • The County has identified additional capital and operating projects necessary to provide a safe and efficient transportation network. • These projects are in addition to projects that are already funded and in progress (see list of Funded Projects). • These projects provide for new capacity. They do not address ongoing maintenance needs, because road maintenance is primarily a state responsibility, and most sources available to the County preclude maintenance. • The state will receive additional funding for maintenance from HB 2313. • This effort is only considering the next six years. 7
  • 8. Major Emphasis Areas County of Fairfax, Virginia • Tysons Related Projects • Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Improvements • Transit service expansions for Dulles Rail, South County, and I66 Corridor. • Comprehensive Plan Improvements – Interchanges – Road Improvements 8 • Spot Improvements
  • 9. Major Emphasis Areas (cont.) County of Fairfax, Virginia • Transit operating and capital (Countywide) • Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities • 9 Improvements in Activity Centers such as Richmond Highway, Annandale, Bailey’s Crossroads, Reston, Springfield, McLean, etc.
  • 10. Criteria for Future Project Selection County of Fairfax, Virginia (Not in Priority Order) • Congestion Reduction* • Economically Disadvantaged Populations • Mode Balance • Safety • Travel Time Savings* • Community Input • School and Park Access • Regional Consideration (included in NVTA TransAction 2040) *Included in the Cost Benefit Analysis 10 • Countywide Balance • Disabled/Elderly Populations • Economic Development (support for revitalization areas and major Activity Centers) • Healthy Communities Initiative • Air Quality* Staff will continue to evaluate criteria for project selection in addition to Cost/Benefit Analysis.
  • 11. Cost Benefit Analysis County of Fairfax, Virginia What is the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)? • A systematic process for calculating and comparing benefits and costs of a project. Why use a CBA? • Tool to help determine if a project is a sound investment. • Helps provide a basis for comparing projects within categories. • County’s method streamlines project data collection process. • Only one criteria of many for project selection. 11
  • 12. Cost Benefit Analysis (continued) County of Fairfax, Virginia Some benefits incorporated in the CBA: Highway and Transit o o o o Travel time savings Vehicle operating cost savings Congestion Reduction Collective emissions reductions Bicycle and Pedestrian o Qualitative evaluation of several factors • Employment and household density • Transit Proximity • Connectivity, etc. 12 NOTE: CBAs are not comparable across categories.
  • 13. Cost Benefit Analysis (continued) County of Fairfax, Virginia Project Estimate • The project estimates used are planning level estimates and subject to change throughout the life of a project until completion Benefit Cost Ratio • The result is derived from total life-cycle benefits divided by total life-cycle costs. • Scored as a Benefit-Cost Ratio (Life-cycle Benefits / Life-cycle Costs) • The higher the score the more cost effective the project • Also provides rate of return and period in which the benefit equals cost. 13
  • 14. Cost Benefit Analysis (continued) Reference # County of Fairfax, Virginia Project Results Explained Project Estimate District Benefit/Cost Ratio Highway Widening 33 Fairfax County Parkway - Dulles Toll Road to West Ox Road - 4 to 6 Lanes $75,500,000 Dranesville, Hunter Mill • Project Estimate – The project estimates used are planning level estimates and subject to change through out the life of a project until completion 3.7 • Benefit Cost Ratio – The result is derived from total life-cycle benefits divided by total life-cycle costs. 14
  • 15. Benefit-Cost Ratio County of Fairfax, Virginia • Scored as a Benefit-Cost Ratio (Life-cycle Benefits / Life-cycle Costs) • The higher the score the more cost effective the project • Also provides rate of return and period in which the benefit equals cost. BC RATIO MEANING 1.0 >1.0 Benefit equals cost in less than 20 years <1.0 15 Benefit equals cost in 20 years (20-year benefits = 20-year amortized costs) Benefit equals cost greater than 20 years
  • 16. Community Feedback County of Fairfax, Virginia • Four county-wide public meetings • Presentations by request at civic groups, community meetings • Online survey: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/cdot • Submit comments by email: DOTinfo@fairfaxcounty.gov • Social voting in IdeaScale: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/cdot/engage/ 16
  • 17. Public Meetings County of Fairfax, Virginia Wednesday, October 30 – Hayfield Secondary School 7630 Telegraph Road., Alexandria Monday, November 4 – Falls Church High School 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church Tuesday, November 12 – Fairfax County Government Center 12000 Government Center Parkway., Fairfax Wednesday, November 13 – Forest Edge Elementary School 1501 Becontree Lane, Reston 17
  • 18. Information Available Online County of Fairfax, Virginia Web Page - http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/cdot/ • • • • Overview & background Links to projects Link to presentation, documents How to participate in dialogue o Public meeting info o Submit online comments o Take the survey Social Media • Facebook page, Twitter o Links to web, YouTube 18 • Social voting via IdeaScale
  • 19. Project Information On the Web Page County of Fairfax, Virginia http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/cdot/ • • • • • • • • • 19 Title Description/Scope Status (funded/unfunded) Magisterial District Estimated Cost ID Number Type (widening/pedestrian/etc.) Cost Ratio (Benefit/Cost Ratio) Other Factors (Regional, or not)
  • 20. Additional Outreach Opportunities: October-November County of Fairfax, Virginia • Presentations by Request • Channel 16/YouTube video • Ads on buses with QR codes for more information • Gas Station TV ads 20 QR code will direct you to outreach Web page.
  • 21. Schedule/Next Steps County of Fairfax, Virginia • • • • • • • • 21 10/16/13 – 11/15/13 Outreach Takes Place 10/30/13 – First Public Meeting 11/2013 – Individual Meetings with Board Members 11/19/2013 - Return to Transportation Advisory Committee with results of public outreach. 12/4/13 – Distribute Summary of Recommendations to Board 12/10/13 – Board Review & Discussion of Project List January 2014 – Board adopts Priority Project List Spring 2014 – Staff returns to the Board with a proposed funding plan (cash-flow) for the priority projects.
  • 22. County of Fairfax, Virginia Questions? Please Remember to Take the Survey!!! 22
  • 23. Project Implementation County of Fairfax, Virginia The Department is evaluating areas to improve and streamline project delivery. Examples include: Improve project scoping. Implement design/build model. Reduce/Streamline VDOT review process. Coordination between external agencies and other County Departments. • Evaluate other structural changes to the Department. • Improving cost estimates through the CBA process. • Improve estimation of project schedules. • • • • 23