Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis

In 2013 and 2014, DRPT conducted a Multimodal Alternatives Analysis for an approximately 16-mile segment of Route 1 from I-495/Huntington Metro to Woodbridge in coordination with Fairfax County, Prince William County, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI).   In October 2014, the fifteen members of the project Executive Steering Committee adopted a resolution in support of the study's final recommendations.  In December 2014, the Fairfax County Transportation Commission was updated on the study.  The final report was completed January 2015.

The study recommended a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to be constructed in three phases in the short term and a three-mile extension of the Metrorail Yellow Line to Hybla Valley in the long term.  The first two phases of the BRT between Huntington and Fort Belvoir are being carried forward by Fairfax County for implementation.  In January 2015, the BRT was submitted by Fairfax County for public comment for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' 2015 update of the region’s Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP). 

The Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis continued from a transit study begun in 2011 that was directed by General Assembly Senate Joint Resolution (SJR292), which instructed DRPT to review and evaluate all previous studies and determine feasibility of transit improvements in a 27-mile long segment of the Route 1 corridor.  It also built on the Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS), which identified Route 1 and validated the recommendation during the VTrans 2035 updated by OIPI in 2013.

The study began by updating and verifying roadway improvements that are recommended in the 1998 VDOT Centerline Study.  It examined technology and operational improvements that may facilitate improved roadway and transit operations, and recommended a six through lane cross section that includes a parallel shared use path for pedestrians and cyclists, and on street bike lanes in some sections where right of way is constrained or transit oriented development is planned. 

A land-use analysis and economic impact analysis was conducted in the corridor.  It utilized DRPT’s Multimodal System Design Guidelines and analyzed future growth scenarios that are consistent with the region’s forecasted growth, and two additional levels of development that are supportive of BRT and Metrorail.  A funding analysis was also conducted to determine capital and operating costs associated with each transit and highway alternative.  Finally, an implementation plan was developed.  All of these materials are available in the appendices on this page.   

Links for the study final report, executive summary, appendices and public meeting materials can be found below.

Executive Brief
Final Report (Main Body)

Materials from public meetings, Technical Advisory Committee, Citizen Involvement Committee and Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings below.

Public meetings were held at three points during the project.

Materials from Public Meeting #1 (October 9, 2013)
Video of the presentation (YouTube)
Survey results
PowerPoint slides
Display boards 

Materials from Public Meeting #2 (March 26, 2014)
Video of the presentation (YouTube)
Presentation slides 
Display boards 

Materials from Public Meeting #3 (October 8 & 9, 2014)
Video of the presentation (YouTube)
Presentation slides
Meeting #1: (October 8, 2014 Prince William County)
Meeting #2: (October 9, 2014 Fairfax County)
Display boards

Executive Steering Committee
The Executive Steering Committee (ESC) is comprised of State and County elected officials, Commonwealth Transportation Board and WMATA Board representation, Fort Belvoir leadership, and senior staff from Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Alexandria. This group meets quarterly during the course of the project to provide guidance to the project team.

Meeting #1 (July 11, 2013)
Meeting #2 (November 14, 2013)
Meeting #3 (March 13, 2014)
Meeting #4 (October 2, 2014)
Meeting #5 (October 27, 2014)

Technical Advisory Committee
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is comprised of technical staff with a range of expertise to support the Multimodal Alternatives Analysis. These staff members represent Fairfax County, Prince William County, the City of Alexandria, Federal agencies (such as the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration), Fort Belvoir, State resource agencies, and transit providers.

Meeting #1 (July 17, 2013)
Meeting #2 (September 25, 2013)
Meeting #3 (March 6, 2014)
Meeting #4 (September 10, 2014)

Community Involvement Committee
The Community Involvement Committee (CIC) is comprised of representatives from community groups, businesses, and other organizations with an interest in the future of the Route 1 corridor. CIC members included Coalition for Smarter Growth, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, Fairfax Federation of Citizens Organizations, Fairfax County Planning Commission, Fairfax County Transportation Commission, Fort Belvoir, Friends of Dyke Marsh, Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services, Lee District Association of Civic Organizations, Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations, Mount Vernon- Lee Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, Prince William County Planning Commission, Sierra Club (Virginia Chapter), South County Federation, South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, Spring Bank Community Association, Wesley Housing Corporation of Northern Virginia and Woodbridge Civic Association.

Meeting #1 (September 30, 2013)
Meeting #2 (March 18, 2014)
Meeting #3 (October 1, 2014)

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