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Fairfax County Countywide Transit Network Study-February 2016 Public Meeting: Proposed High Quality Transit Network


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Fairfax County Countywide Transit Network Study-February 2016 Public Meeting: Proposed High Quality Transit Network

  1. 1. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 1 February 2016 Public Meetings Proposed High Quality Transit Network
  2. 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia 2 This presentation summarizes the draft recommendations for Fairfax County’s proposed High Quality Transit Network (HQTN). Presentation Context Department of Transportation
  3. 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia 3 Establish the most effective way to serve the County’s future growth by improving public transit usage. Replace the Enhanced Public Transportation Corridors (EPTC) in the Comprehensive Plan with a High Quality Transit Network (HQTN) and further define modes, right- of-way needs, and station locations. Study Purpose Department of Transportation
  4. 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia Study Process We are at the final stage of public involvement and review: • Goals/objectives (July 2012) • Corridor functions (November 2012) • Proposed concept (July 2013) • Recommended High Quality Transit Network (early 2016) Our remaining steps are to: • Complete community and stakeholder engagement • Refine details on alignments, stations, ridership and costs • Finalize recommendations 4 Department of Transportation
  5. 5. County of Fairfax, Virginia Goals and Objectives The HQTN is designed to achieve three primary goals, based on the County’s growth policies and developed with commentary from stakeholder and community outreach: 5 Department of Transportation
  6. 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia 6 Land Use Concept The proposed HQTN supports the County’s Concept for Future Development in the Comprehensive Plan by focusing on service to and from activity centers both within the County and region-wide. Department of Transportation
  7. 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia 7 High Quality Transit Department of Transportation Defining elements of the HQTN include providing improved travel speeds and reliable travel times, typically on exclusive right-of-way. Commuter rail, Metrorail, LRT, and BRT are all examples of High Quality Transit modes.
  8. 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia The type of premium transit service appropriate for each corridor will reflect the traveler needs and land use context in that corridor. 8 Destination corridors, like the Metroway BRT in Alexandria, connect neighborhoods to multiple activity centers, functioning primarily to provide access. Commuter corridors, like the Virginia Railway Express, primarily serve one major activity center and tend to focus on journey-to-work trips and function primarily to provide mobility. Transit Corridor Function Department of Transportation Source: Center for Transit Oriented Development
  9. 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia The November 2012 public meeting presented different functional concepts for a High Quality Transit Network. The access focus attracted more total transit riders whereas the mobility focus provided better access to regional jobs. Both had a similar benefit in reducing vehicle travel. MobilityAccess Functional Concepts 9 Department of Transportation
  10. 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia The public values multiple objectives: • Increase access to destinations • Include both high demand commuter and destination corridors • Reduce roadway congestion • Increase transit ridership • Take cars off the road • Encourage Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) • Support Countywide vision for managed growth • Be affordable • Be understandable/usable • Be connected Four concepts were reviewed with the public in November 2012. The proposed HQTN concept utilizes the best ideas from each for a context- sensitive fit to individual corridor needs. Alternative Concepts 10 Department of Transportation
  11. 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia Extensive coordination with current studies in past two years: • Transform 66 • Richmond Highway • Envision Route 7 • Alexandria transitway planning • Route 7 west of Tysons Study Coordination 11 Department of Transportation Coordination efforts as of Summer 2013
  12. 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia Proposed HQTN The proposed HQTN 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. 12 Department of Transportation
  13. 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia Existing HQTN elements serving Fairfax County include Metrorail and VRE with supportive express bus services on high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) or high- occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes. Proposed HQTN Elements 13 Department of Transportation
  14. 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia 2015 CLRP transit connections provide the starting point for the proposed HQTN: • Silver Line extension (Metrorail) • Richmond Highway (BRT) • Alexandria’s West End and Duke Street transitways (BRT) Proposed HQTN Elements (Cont.) 14 Department of Transportation
  15. 15. County of Fairfax, Virginia Metrorail Extensions provide capacity to both connect Fairfax County with other jurisdictions for longer-distance trips as region expands over time and to serve the County’s activity centers: • Metrorail Orange Line • Metrorail Blue Line • Metrorail Yellow Line Proposed HQTN Elements (Cont.) 15 Department of Transportation
  16. 16. County of Fairfax, Virginia Light Rail Transit (LRT) / Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) provide service to support access to and within transit- oriented development along linear corridors: • Route 28 Corridor LRT/BRT • Route 7 LRT/BRT • Gallows Road LRT/BRT The choice of LRT or BRT will be finalized during alternatives analysis. Proposed HQTN Elements (Cont.) 16 Department of Transportation
  17. 17. County of Fairfax, Virginia Express Bus services connect activity centers as well as other transit services, including Transit Centers and Park & Rides, and provide greater routing flexibility: Proposed HQTN Elements (Cont.) 17 Department of Transportation Radial Circumferential Route 50 Route 236 Van Dorn Street Beltway Express Fairfax County Parkway Route 28 Express Bus may operate on HOV/HOT lanes.
  18. 18. County of Fairfax, Virginia The proposed HQTN would result in changes to the Transportation Plan Map, including mode and alignment details in the following corridors: • Blue Line Extension • Yellow Line Extension • Gallows Road LRT/BRT • Richmond Highway BRT • Route 7 LRT/BRT • Route 28 Corridor LRT/BRT Transportation Plan Changes 18 Department of Transportation
  19. 19. County of Fairfax, Virginia Recommends the following in addition to the current CLRP: • 34 miles & 11 stations Metrorail • 33 miles & 32 stations LRT/BRT • Supported by 143 miles & 26 stations Express Bus Proposed HQTN 19 Department of Transportation
  20. 20. County of Fairfax, Virginia Measures of Effectiveness 20 Department of Transportation Final travel forecasts under review
  21. 21. County of Fairfax, Virginia Measures of Effectiveness • Capital cost per annual weekday 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 • Recommended HQTN projects compare favorably 21 Department of Transportation Final travel forecasts under review
  22. 22. County of Fairfax, Virginia Supporting policies for the HQTN include: • Concentrated growth in Activity Centers • Quality TOD • Multimodal Street Designs • Feeder Bus Services • Park & Rides • Transit Centers • Circulator Systems Supporting Policies 22 Department of Transportation
  23. 23. County of Fairfax, Virginia • Current CLRP reflects initial priorities • Development patterns guide next steps for fixed guideway (Route 7, Gallows, Route 28 Corridor) • Express bus systems will evolve as connections in subsequent Transit Development Plans (TDP) • Metrorail extensions will require core capacity solutions in order to be found a best investment Phasing Considerations 23 Department of Transportation
  24. 24. County of Fairfax, Virginia • Complete documentation • Publish draft final report • Obtain additional public comments • Present final report to Board for endorsement • Initiate process to incorporate HQTN in Comprehensive Plan Next Steps 24 Department of Transportation
  25. 25. County of Fairfax, Virginia Questions? Tom Burke (Fairfax County DOT) 703-877-5600 25 Department of Transportation