Springfield To Quantico Enhanced Public Transportation Feasibility Study
The corridor between the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station and the Quantico Marine Base is critical to northern Virginia. Besides the Blue Line, it is served by a range of transit services including Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail service, express bus, and local bus, as well as vanpool and carpool options that take advantage of the I-95/I-395 express/HOT lanes and a network of park-and-ride lots throughout the corridor.
Population and job growth will continue to increase demand for multimodal commuting options. Population in the study area is expected to grow by 24% to a total of roughly 550,000 by the year 2045. Jobs in the study area are expected to grow by 34% to a total of 270,000 by the year 2045. A number of significant transit improvements are planned for the corridor including additional express bus services, VRE expansion, and plans for bus rapid transit in the Richmond Highway corridor. This study will assess the feasibility of additional enhancements to the corridor transit network.
Study Timeline and Next Steps
Key steps in the study process include defining the transportation needs within the study area, developing and testing a set of transit alternatives, and documenting feasible alternatives. A parallel task will include an assessment of the planned land use in the corridor to identify potential station areas and development opportunities. Throughout the study, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) study team will seek input from the public, including local organizations and communities along the corridor to identify important transit improvements. Funding and next steps for implementation will be determined after the final report and recommendations are submitted and reviewed by the General Assembly. DRPT will submit the final report and recommendation to the General Assembly by December 1, 2021.
Technical Advisory Group Meeting Materials
The study effort is receiving guidance and feedback from a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) with representatives from key stakeholders in the corridor. Agencies represented on the TAC include Fairfax County, Prince William County, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Ways to Get Involved
The study team will seek public input during spring/summer 2021. Your input is vital in shaping the study’s final recommendations. To stay informed and up to date on the study progress and upcoming public meetings sign up here. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
NOVA Senior Program Manager Major Capital Investments (WMATA)