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Richmond Highway Transit Center Feasibility Study: Public Information Meeting

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Richmond Highway Transit Center Feasibility Study: Public Information Meeting

Sept. 18, 2013

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Richmond Highway Transit Center Feasibility Study: Public Information Meeting

  1. 1. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation Richmond Highway Transit Center Feasibility Study Public Information Meeting September 18, 2013
  2. 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 2 Welcome • Public Information Meeting – Present conceptual layouts at three potential sites – Obtain community input (comment forms) • Presenters – Caijun Luo, Fairfax County Department of Transportation – Jose Bustamante, RK&K
  3. 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 3 Outline • General overview of project • Conceptual layouts of three transit center sites • Question and answer
  4. 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 4 Project Purpose • To support revitalization and transportation goals for the Richmond Highway corridor • Richmond Highway is an important arterial that provides connectivity between major commercial, residential, and recreational points in northern Virginia and Fairfax County. • The efficient operation of Richmond Highway is critical to the regional roadway network, and good quality bus service will be more important as traffic grows in the corridor. • Enhance existing bus services provided by Fairfax County • Trigger economic development along the Richmond Highway Corridor
  5. 5. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 5 Study Goals & Objectives • Plan and design a facility that creates an attractive environment for transit riders and is seamlessly integrated into a local fabric and communities • Develop a functional, practicable, and cost-effective design concepts for the new facility • Focus on site program and traffic impacts to meet future needs for year 2030 • To provide a conceptual layout design and access plan for each of the three proposed transit center sites • To evaluate the pros and cons of each site • To assist in final site selection
  6. 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 6 Project Overview In 2011, a total of 16 candidate sites were selected for evaluation based on proximity to the Route 1 corridor and land availability. The site at Fordson Rd. was selected for further analysis, but was not advanced due to new retail development.
  7. 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 7 Project Overview In 2013, a total of 15 candidate sites were selected for evaluation based on community input, proximity to the Route 1 corridor and functionality. Three sites were selected for further analysis.
  8. 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 8 Site Program • What makes a great transit center? – Amenities – Identity • How do we get there? – Design Charrette held on April 22, 2013 – Understanding the need and purpose of program
  9. 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 9 Site Program
  10. 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 10 Evaluation & Screening Criteria • Location • On-site Bus Circulation • Cost Effectiveness • Amenities • Bus Access • Traffic • Intermodality • Neighborhood Development • Right-of-Way/Relocations • Environmental Impacts • Land Use Compatibility
  11. 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 11 Site A FCDOT Sidewalk Improvements Improved Pedestrian Access Transit Center Building 7’ Tall Brick or Block Fence Wall 12’ – wide Vegetated Buffer Visitor/Staff Parking On-site Pedestrian Paths & Crossings Kiss & Ride Area Green Space/ Trees Stormwater Management/ Planting Areas Shell Gas Station Vacant Restaurant Video Store Bike Facilities & Storage Year 2030: No. of Bus Routes = 9 No. of Bus Bays = 12 Potential for Recreational Amenity INTERMODALITY LAND USE COMPATIBILITY ENVIRONMENTAL AMENITIES BUS ACCESS/CIRCULATION Right-of-Way: No. of Acquisitions = 3 No. of Relocations = 3 Potential HAZMAT Removal at Gas Station
  12. 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 12 Site A Pros • Allows for 12 bus bays to accommodate forecasted 2030 growth • Easily accessible & visible from Richmond Highway • Multiple bus access points • Potential for future neighborhood development Cons • On-site bus circulation; buses cross each other • Requires acquisition and relocation of 3 properties (including gas station and video store) • Potential HAZMAT site • Adjacent to residential use • Limited pedestrian and bike access • Deficient traffic operations • Only small area available for amenities
  13. 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 13 Site B Year 2030: No. of Bus Routes = 12 No. of Bus Bays = 16 Improved Pedestrian Access Transit Center Building 7’ Tall Brick or Block Fence Wall 12’ – wide Vegetated Buffer Visitor/Staff Parking On-site Pedestrian Paths & Crossings Kiss & Ride Area Green Space/ Trees Existing Stormwater Management Facility Bike Facilities & Storage Potential for Recreational Amenity INTERMODALITY LAND USE COMPATIBILITY ENVIRONMENTAL AMENITIES BUS ACCESS/CIRCULATION Right-of-Way: No. of Acquisitions = 1 No. of Relocations = 11 Shared Access Road
  14. 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 14 Site B Pros • Allows for 16 bus bays to accommodate forecasted 2030 growth; highest of all sites • Efficient on-site bus circulation; loop design • High potential for future neighborhood development • Adjacent to busy commercial developments Cons • Limited bus access from service road; shared with highly used commercial site and apartment complex • Only one bus access point • Requires acquisition of 1 property and 11 business relocations; highest cost • Limited pedestrian and bike access • Only small area available for amenities
  15. 15. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 15 Site C Year 2030: No. of Bus Routes = 6 No. of Bus Bays = 8 Right-of-Way: No. of Acquisitions = 1 No. of Relocations = 1 Fast Auto Loans BUS ACCESS/CIRCULATION Proposed Intersection Improvements Improved Pedestrian Access On-site Pedestrian Paths & Crossings Kiss & Ride Area Bike Facilities & Storage INTERMODALITY South County Center Parking Fence around KinderCare LAND USE COMPATIBILITY Green Space/ Trees ENVIRONMENTAL Transit Center Building Potential for Recreational Amenity AMENITIES Stormater Management/ Planting Areas
  16. 16. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 16 Site C Pros • Allows for 8 bus bays to accommodate forecasted 2030 growth • Efficient on-site bus circulation; multi-level design • Potential for future neighborhood development • Relatively large area available for amenities • Requires acquisition and relocation of 1 property only; lowest cost Cons • Limited bus access/egress; requires intersection improvements at Buckman Rd (South) & Route 1 • Limited pedestrian and bike access • Site elevation difference requires earthwork and retaining wall • 167 parking spaces required to be taken from South County Center • Adjacent to Kinder Care facility
  17. 17. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 17 Site C Intersection Improvements • Buckman Road/Richmond Highway Intersection problems – Difficult access to transit center – No right turn onto Buckman Road allowed – Insufficient queueing length for SB buses onto Richmond Highway – Current intersection configuration not aligned with Radford Ave. – Improve pedestrian safety
  18. 18. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 18 Site C Intersection Improvements Plans
  19. 19. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 19 Neighborhood Development ½-mile buffer shown
  20. 20. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 20 Traffic Impacts • Projected Level of Service (LOS) indicate traffic operations at sites A, B and C will be marginally affected when compared against the No-Build alternative Site A Dart Drive & Richmond Highway Intersection Site B Haft Drive / Richmond Highway Intersection Site C Buckman Road (South) / Richmond Highway Intersection
  21. 21. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 21 Environmental Impacts • Expect no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed improvements, including: Stormwater Management, noise and visual intrusion • Expect to have appropriate mitigation for all potential environmental impacts • May be required to perform further environmental investigation on Site A
  22. 22. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 22 Next Steps • Site Selection • Phase I Environmental Study – Service Station at Site A • Branding & Cultural Resources • Preliminary Engineering and NEPA Analysis of selected site
  23. 23. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 23 We need your input… • What type or amenities are needed in your community? • Any details of this conceptual site plans that are of concern to you? • What could be done to make this transit center more convenient for you and your community? • How would you use this future transit facility?
  24. 24. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 24 Comments • Please fill out the comment forms – On site: leave your written comments with one of the project team representatives – Mail back to FCDOT postmarked by September 28, 2013 – E-mail to Caijun.Luo@FairfaxCounty.gov by September 28, 2013, reference “RHTC Public Information Meeting” in the subject line
  25. 25. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 25 Questions and Answers THANK YOU!

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