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Thank you to everyone who completed the Two-Year Transportation Program survey!

The survey is now closed. If you have questions or comments please email pw-transportation@fairfaxva.gov or call (703) 385-7810.

About the Program

MMplanGoalsIn 2017 the City created the Multimodal Transportation Plan, a long-term vision for maintaining regional connections, providing more transportation options, and making strategic decisions about how to improve transportation in Fairfax.

A two-year program will help us make these strategic decisions by prioritizing which projects to pursue to advance our transportation goals. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Two-Year Program?

A two-year program outlines priorities for projects over the next 2-10 years. The funding application cycle is a long process in Virginia, and in order to be considered for many sources of public funding allocated in one, two or even six years, the City has to apply now. While we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves in terms of planning, we also do not want to miss the opportunity to receive public dollars for important projects.

The City is developing a list of transportation projects that we are interested in submitting for funding consideration that includes bicycle, pedestrian, trail, transit, intersection, and roadway projects. We are collecting feedback to prioritize new regional projects eligible for regional funding. This includes funding needed to complete ongoing projects as well as funding for new projects. However, the City will also prioritize local funding for local projects and will pursue funding needed to complete ongoing projects.

Why do we need a Two-Year Program?

We need to think strategically about what projects will help improve livability in the City and make our commutes more predictable. Since it can take several years to fund and construct a project, we also need to think about what we might need in in the future.

As we think about this program, consider the facts below:

 MWCOG_populationGrowth The region is expected to grow by more than 1 million people in the next 20 years.
68000thrutrips Traffic in northern Virginia is already congested, and more than 68,000 trips pass through Fairfax each day.
FairfaxStreetGrid We have limited space and cannot expect to build our way out of congestion but can make improvements to provide more options and increase the reliability of our roadway system.
20percentCommute Around 20% of trips in the region involve commuting; the rest involve trips to help us meet our other daily needs, such as shopping, socializing, and running errands. Some projects may improve our commutes but others could help with the rest of our trips.
33percentTrips1mile Around 1/3 of all trips in the region are less than a mile, and currently more than half of these short trips are driven. Some projects could provide more options to walk, bike, or take transit for these short trips instead of requiring a car.

As we develop the next two-year program we will consider these and other factors in our project prioritization.

How is transportation funding in Virginia allocated?

There are many different sources of transportation funds. Each has different specifications such as:

  • Project eligibility requirements
  • Application timelines (annual, biannual)
  • Funding available (1, 2, 6 or 7 years in the future)
  • Local match requirement
  • Complexity of application
  • Source of funds (federal, state, regional)
  • Funding maximum

2yrFundingWheel_April2019At right is a graphic illustrating the two-year timeline for transportation funding (click the image to expand).

Some funding applications occur annually; others occur bi-annually. Funding applications that are due in odd calendar years are shown on the top half of the circle, and applications due in even calendar years are shown on the bottom half of the circle. Each funding source is represented by a unique color band. Hatching at the start of the band indicates the application period. The band ends when the funding allocations are final. The asterisks indicate when the City Council resolution of support is required for each application (if applicable).

The Transportation Funding Overview chart below provides more detailed information about the funding sources and is color coded to match the timeline graphic. (Click the image to expand.)

transportation-funding-overview-chart

What NEW REGIONAL projects are being considered in this program?

The City is considering several new projects for this program. The list of potential projects is below. There are more potential projects than we can feasibly include in this year's program, so we are currently prioritizing which projects to pursue with input from a public survey, City Council, and staff recommendations.

Once the City's priorities for this program are confirmed, we will match project priorities with available funding sources to put together a two-year timeline for funding. This does not mean that we are constructing these projects within the next two years, just that we are applying for funding. 

Potential new regional projects under consideration for this program are shown on the map and listed below.

2year2020_Map_ProposedProjects

  • Fairfax Circle and Potential Redesign
    • Evaluate and potentially redesign Fairfax Circle (the intersection of Fairfax Blvd, Lee Hwy, and Old Lee Hwy).
  • Intersection Upgrades: 
    • Pickett Rd/Old Pickett Rd: Upgrade intersection to address flooding issues.
    • Jermantown Rd/Lee Hwy/Rust Rd: Upgrade intersection to address retail access issues and congestion issues.
    • Judicial Dr/Jones St: Upgrade intersection to address geometrical issues.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements:
    • University Drive Bike Lanes through Old Town: Evaluation of potential vehicle travel lane reductions on University Drive between South St and Layton Hall Dr to widen sidewalks and/or add bike lanes.
    • Main St/ Little River Turnpike Bikeway: Continue working with Fairfax County to create a continuous bikeway along Main Street and Little River Turnpike (Route 236). 
    • Chain Bridge Rd Sidewalk - Rust Curve to Fairfax Blvd: Complete the sidewalk on the west side of Chain Bridge Rd between Old Town and Northfax by constructing missing links between Rust Curve and Fairfax Blvd.
    • Fire Station #33 Trail: Construct a trail between Fairfax Blvd and Spring Lane Terr adjacent to Fire Station #33. This would provide a connection to Plantation Pkwy and improve bicycle access to the Vienna Metrorail station by providing another route option.
    • Comstock Trail: Construct a trail between Pickett Rd (across from the post office), Daniels Run Park, and Main St (near Lyndhurst Dr). This trail is identified in the 2014 Parks and Recreation Strategic Master Plan and would improve pedestrian and bicyclist mobility near one of the City's Activity Centers.
    • Snyder Trail Underpass: Construct a trail link under Route 50 to connect the eastern end of the planned George Snyder Trail with the western end of the Willcoxon Trail. This trail underpass is conceptually identified in the George Snyder Trail plans but is not yet funded. 
What ONGOING PROJECTS are part of this program?

While the City is identifying some new priorities, we will also seek funding to complete projects that we have started but are not yet fully funded. These projects were previously prioritized and supported by City Council. All of these projects have completed conceptual plans and several have partial funding but need additional funds to complete construction. 

Because these projects have already been advanced they are not being reevaluated in the two-year program but will be included by default; this list is provided for information. Click on the links below to learn more about an individual project.

  • Government Center Parkway Extension
    • This project will construct the missing link of Government Center Pkwy from Stevenson St in Fairfax County to Jermantown Rd in the City of Fairfax. The project will include installation of sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks, on-road bike lanes, as well as new lighting and landscaping.
  • Old Lee Highway Multimodal Improvements
    • This project will construct multimodal improvements along Old Lee Highway between Layton Hall Drive and Ridge Avenue. Planned improvements include a new protected bicycle path as well as improvements to the roadway alignment, intersections, sidewalks, and landscaping.
  • Eaton Pl/Chain Bridge Rd Intersection Improvements
    • This project will construct improvements to the intersection of Eaton Place and Chain Bridge Road to improve regional traffic flow, improve traffic safety, and improve pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety.
  • Old Town Sidewalk Widening
    • This project provides funding to widen sidewalks in a few locations around Old Town Fairfax (where space is available). The exact locations to be widened will be determined in coordination with the Main Street Streetscape Improvements.
  • Main Street Streetscape Improvements
    • This project will construct streetscape improvements along Main Street between East Street and West Street. Improvements may include on-street parking improvements, expanded pedestrian areas (such as bump-outs at intersections), wayfinding and lighting improvements, and amenities such as benches and hanging plants.
  • South Street Extension
    • This project will construct a roadway link between University Dr at South St and Chain Bridge Rd across from the Fairfax County Courthouse Complex. This roadway will expand the grid and provide more options in Old Town and will potentially align with proposed improvements on the Fairfax County Courthouse Complex.
What LOCAL PROJECTS are being considered in this program?

Some projects may be local priorities but may not qualify or be competitive for regional funding. The City also has local funds that may be allocated for local transportation projects. Below is a list of potential local projects being considered for the next two-year program. If you have questions or feedback about these projects please email pw-transportation@fairfaxva.gov.

  • Burke Station Road Sidewalk - Phase 2
    • Extend sidewalk on west side of street from Stoughton Road to City Line. This would continue the recently-constructed sidewalk between Main Street and Stoughton Road.
  • Bicycle and Micromobility Network Plan
    • Create a plan identifying on-street and off-street projects to improve mobility throughout the City for bicyclists and other travelers using "micromobility" travel options (such as scooters, skateboards, and other emerging options). Examples of on-street improvements include bicycle lanes and bicycle boulevard treatments (shared lanes on low-traffic streets); off-street improvements include trail connections. This plan would incorporate and update recommended trails from the 2014 Parks and Recreation Strategic Master Plan.
  • Transportation Demand Management Program
    • Create and implement a program to encourage travelers to carpool, ride transit, telework, ride bicycles, and walk for some trips. This program could include a combination of incentives, educational and informational materials, and development policies, among other things. This program is identified in Goal 4 of the Multimodal Transportation Plan and could help maximize the use of existing transportation resources, help educate people about their travel options, and help reduce roadway congestion.
  • Pedestrian Network Plan
    • Create a plan identifying gaps in the pedestrian network and identify projects and programs to improve pedestrian mobility throughout the City.
  • CUE Marketing Plan
    • Create a strategic marketing plan for the City's CUE bus service to provide consistent communication about the service, to improve awareness of of the service, and to encourage effective use of the City's transit resources.
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