Fairfax Countywide Transit Network Study

The purpose of the Fairfax Countywide Transit Network Study (CTNS) is to establish a long-term network of high quality transit corridors. Recommendations for where Metrorail should be extended, where streetcar or light-rail systems are appropriate, and where dedicated lanes that allow buses to move faster could go, will all be developed based on the results of this study. Additional questions the study seeks feedback and comments on include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What do you think are the travel markets of greatest importance to Fairfax County?

  • Within a travel market, what types of transit functions (commuter, destination, circulator) do you think are of greatest value to Fairfax County?

  • What types of transit technologies should be considered to serve that function?

  • What additional land use or transportation system policy changes should be considered to optimized transportation system performance and effectiveness?

Background study information; including public meeting materials describing potential travel markets, transit functions, and transit technologies under consideration; is available on the study website:
Fairfax Countywide Transit Network Study

We invite you to share your ideas and comments on the CTNS, and to vote for submissions you agree with. Your ideas and comments will be shared with county officials and planners to help guide the study to reflect the transit needs and desires of all Fairfax County residents and visitors. Thank you for your interest and contributions to the Fairfax Countywide Transit Network Study.

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Better Lighting at Bus Stops for Safety

I catch the bus late at night in Reston. Reston is not a great believer in street lighting. I catch the bus at Reston Hospital and the stops are pitch black at night. Allways afraid that the driver will miss me. I had the light on my cellphone lit like the driver suggested, I was right next to the sign and the driver still went right by me. The side street are totally dark at night from trees. Sometimes you have ...more »

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Smoother Ride on RT 7 at Lower Cost to Taxpayers

Rush hour traffic on Rt 7 is consistently terrible, but could move more efficiently by removing the chokepoints at key intersections. Widening a road but leaving traffic lights will not remove chokepoints (as was proven on Rt 7 in Loudoun County); it requires flyovers, tunnels or other means to allow traffic to flow unimpeded. Fairfax County DOT and the VDOT should therefore study the feasibility and cost of building ...more »

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Smart Trip card use on VRE

It would be nice if you could use your Smart Trip Card on the VRE. All the Bus systems and the Metro Rail accept this card and I think it would even be a good marketing idea for the VRE.As the VRE trains head toward DC,they stop at Metro Stations and other Bus transfer points.The easier you make it for people to use mass/public transportation,the more likely they will.I remember being on the very first VRE from Manassas ...more »

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Full information needed for transit study

- Current congestion on each road and how much relief would be provided by proposals. - Alternative projects like road expansion vs transit. - Operating cost subsidies required each year. - Capital cost subsidies required each year. - How each alternative fits into the VA guidelines. - Current bus occupancies on each route and fares charged. - Percentage of bus operating costs covered by fares. - How much of the ...more »

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Model out the tradeoffs and talk about them

Use a computer model and growth projections to simulate future demands on the transit network. Use a multi-objective optimizer (e.g. NSGA-III) to find the best transit options where the optimization functions: (1) reduce the average commute time, (2) minimize the cost to implement, (3) minimize the time to implement, (4) maximizes safety of the system, (5) minimizes standard deviation in commute time due to unforeseeable ...more »

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Metro, metro, metro.

Restore originally-conceived line out Columbia Pike, eventually to Centreville via Braddock. Extend Silver line to Leesburg, Orange line to Gainesville. New line from Sterling to Potomac Mills via Manassas, with transfer at CIT and Centreville (and to Amtrak at Manassas). Extend Blue to Potomac Mills or even Quantico. This is a long, long term plan, but needs to happen. Metro construction should never have stopped--it ...more »

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