Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit Updates Coming at Meeting

HYBLA VALLEY, VA — Upcoming meetings will provide updates on the bus rapid transit project along the Richmond Freeway, according to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.

The first meeting, Thursday, April 28, will focus on design updates and improvements at the intersection of N. Kings Highway and Shields Avenue, where Kings and Richmond Highway meet. The meeting will be held at the Bryant High School Cafeteria (lower level), 2709 Popkins Lane, Alexandria and will include an open house from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and a presentation at 7:00 p.m.

The next meeting on May 3 will focus on the analysis of turn lanes. The meeting will be held at Lee’s District Gym Community Center, 7950 Audubon Avenue, Alexandria and will include an open house from 6:30-9 p.m. and a presentation at 7 p.m.

A next meeting focusing on community charm in Bus Rapid Transit stations will take place on a date to be determined.

The Bus Rapid Transit project will include nine stations along the Richmond Freeway Corridor, connecting Metro Huntington and Fort Belvoir. Stations would include Huntington Metro, Penn Daw, Beacon Hill Road, Lockheed Boulevard, Hybla Valley, Gum Springs, South County Center, Woodlawn and Fort Belvoir. The tentative schedule calls for construction to be completed in 2030, but will depend on the availability of funds.

Bus Rapid Transit was recommended for Richmond Highway through a Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation in 2015. Additionally, a long-term vision for the corridor includes an extension of the Metro Yellow Line to Hybla Valley. Fairfax County’s approach to land use and road modifications following the study’s recommendations became known as the Embark Richmond Highway. In 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved a comprehensive plan amendment recommending a bus rapid transit system and widening of the Richmond Expressway. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Richmond Freeway Widening Project is being designed and would include the possibility of making room for bus-only lanes for bus rapid transit service.

Bus Rapid Transit’s latest proposal update had referred to the bus system as “The One”. The brand image is the result of a brand development team of community volunteers who narrowed down a list of 84 potential names.

Residents can keep up to date with the project by signing up for Fairfax Alerts and selecting the Richmond Highway-BRT category or by visiting the project webpage. The project team can be contacted at DOTBRT@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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