Fairfax County Plans to Study Future Transit Options
Fairfax County is seeking input from the community about future public transportation.
Flying cars don't seem to be an option, but the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) hosted a meeting Thursday evening at Hayfield Elementary School to discuss the future of transit — specifically, the 2050 Countywide Transit Network Study.
FCDOT hired a consulting firm, the Renaissance Planning Group, to conduct the study in order to determine how public transit systems can help meet the needs of future growth and expansion in Fairfax County.
Dan Hardy, project manager with the Renaissance Planning Group, said that there are three main goals of the proposed study:
- Connect-Provide more transportation choices for Fairfax County and regional connectivity
- Grow-Support local and regional growth
- Thrive-Strengthen quality of life by making transit-friendly, sustainable investments
The county is considering several options for improving public transit including extending the Metrorail, adding streetcars and creating high speed bus routes.
After the presentation, attendees were asked to fill out a survey and provide feedback on what they think the study should focus on. The survey is also available online until Aug. 10.
Once the county has received input from the public, the study will be presented in the fall with streamlined goals and objectives.
For more information about the study, see this Patch article "Fairfax Officials Begin to Imagine Transit in 2050," or visit fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/2050transitstudy.