Transit Development Plan
In July, the County awarded a task order for consultant assistance to prepare our new Transit Development Plan (TDP), which identifies transit goals and needs County-wide and prioritizes improvements. With the consultant team on board and State funding recently secured, we are on track to prepare the plan by May 2016, when it is due to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).
•Consultant team – The consultant team is led by VHB and includes Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning and Whitman, Requardt & Associates. Collectively, they have extensive experience preparing TDPs and undertaking planning and implementation studies for bus rapid transit and bus priority improvements. In this region, the companies have worked on TDPs for the DC Circulator and Fairfax County and on Montgomery County’s bus rapid transit system.
•State funding – The County applied for and was awarded $400,000 from DRPT for this year’s TDP update. This amounts to nearly half of the $822,000 budget for the work effort, which includes several optional tasks. The grant funds will allow the County to be reimbursed for some of its expenses preparing and completing the TDP.
The consultant team is preparing an overview of the County’s current transit system and evaluating existing services, including a more detailed analysis of transit operations and performance in the Columbia Pike and Crystal City corridors. This will involve extensive data analysis, such as the results of our recent transit survey with input from more than 3,300 respondents, as well as coordination with other transportation providers such as Fairfax County, City of Alexandria and WMATA.
•This fall – After reviewing the service and survey data, the team will report back to the community on our initial assessment of transit needs and possible strategies.
•This winter – The County will release preliminary recommendations for new transit service and capital enhancements.