The goal of the Transportation Division is to provide a safe, functional and attractive multi-modal network of sidewalks, bicycle paths, public transportation options and roadways within the City of Fairfax.
Transportation planning in the City should be viewed from both the local and regional perspectives. The City of Fairfax, located 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C., is centrally located within the D.C. metropolitan area. The City’s multimodal transportation system, comprised of public transportation, bicycle routes, sidewalks, and roadways, provides important transportation connections within both the City and the region.
Hours: 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Weekdays
Address: Transportation Dept.
10455 Armstrong St,
Room 200 A
Fairfax, VA 22030
Director: Wendy Block Sanford (M-F profile)
Local Transportation Planning
Transportation planning at the local city level is guided by the City’s Comprehensive Plan (the Plan) and associated transportation planning documents. The Plan provides guidance in prioritizing funding and implementing City transportation projects. It balances regional access considerations, financial resources, multi-modal opportunities, traffic flow improvements, safety, and accessibility issues with the City’s goals and objectives articulated throughout the Plan. The Plan provides specific and detailed recommendations on transportation projects.
The City has also completed more detailed transportation planning efforts focused on specific areas of the City.
Old Lee Highway Transportation Study
In 2005, the City completed the Old Lee Highway Transportation Study, which made recommendations for improving traffic operations, pedestrian and bicycle circulation and safety along Old Lee Highway from Layton Hall Drive to Ridge Avenue.
Fairfax Boulevard Master Plan
In 2007, the City completed the Fairfax Boulevard Master Plan (the Master Plan), which is a land use and transportation plan for this important roadway that bisects the City. The Master Plan was developed as a general guide to the redevelopment efforts along the Boulevard. It includes a vision for transportation along the corridor. The Master Plan has not been adopted.
Regional Transportation Planning
Central Fairfax Area
Transportation planning in the Central Fairfax area, which includes the City of Fairfax and adjacent portions of Fairfax County, involves the City coordinating with Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) with regard to transportation projects affecting the Central Fairfax area. This cooperative effort provides opportunity for dialogue and exchange of information related to traffic signals, roadway planning, transit planning, and pedestrian and bicycle planning. The information gathered from this cooperative effort also assists the City in addressing major travel patterns affecting the City, including the facilities and services related to through-traffic, as well as transportation accessibility to and from the City’s residential, employment, and retail centers, and provides a basis for recommendations for improvements to the transportation system.
Fairfax County has recently completed a draft of its Transit Development Plan. The City has provided input into the development of this plan.
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
Regional transportation planning in Northern Virginia is coordinated by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA). The NVTA has sixteen members as follows: the mayors or chairs, or their designees, of the nine cities and counties that are members of the NVTA; two members of the House of Delegates appointed by the Speaker of the House; one member of the Senate appointed by the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections; and two citizens who reside in counties and cities embraced by the NVTA, appointed by the Governor. In addition, the Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, or his designee, and the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner, or his designee, will serve as non-voting members of the NVTA. The NVTA prioritizes Northern Virginia transportation projects and decides on the allocation of federal and state funds to Northern Virginia jurisdictions.
The NVTA is tasked with preparing an unconstrained, long-range regional transportation plan (the most recent is the TransAction 2040 Plan) for Planning District 8, including transportation improvements of regional significance. The NVTA has significant powers granted by the General Assembly to construct or otherwise implement projects in the adopted plan. These powers include, but are not limited to, the ability to acquire land, impose tolls, and have its bonds validated by Virginia’s courts.
The most recent regional transportation plan is TransAction 2040, which was approved by the NVTA in November, 2012. TransAction 2040 is designed to extend the planning horizon, allowing for consistency with the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) Financially Constrained Long-Range Plan (CLRP). TransAction 2040 includes new projects and introduces a revised evaluation and prioritization process, along with a benefit-cost (b/c) analysis. Like the plan that preceded it, TransAction 2040 is intended to provide a guide for funding future transportation projects in Northern Virginia. More information on TransAction 2040, including the plan summary and map, can be found on NVTA’s web site.
The General Assembly approved HB2313 on April 3, 2013. This new law imposes certain new taxes and fees on any jurisdiction in the Commonwealth that meets certain criteria. The NVTA is responsible for disbursing the funds for transportation projects in Northern Virginia. The City of Fairfax has been working closely with the other NVTA member jurisdictions to implement the Commonwealth’s landmark transportation bill.
For more information about the NVTA, please visit their web site or call the NVTA office at 703-766-4650.
Metropolitan Washington Region
Transportation planning in the Metropolitan Washington area is coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). The TPB is staffed by the Department of Transportation Planning of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Members of the TPB include representatives of the transportation agencies of the states of Maryland and Virginia, the District of Columbia, local governments in Virginia and Maryland, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the Maryland and Virginia General Assemblies, and non-voting members from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and federal agencies. In consultation with its technical committee, the TPB is responsible for directing the continuing transportation planning process carried on cooperatively by the states and local communities in the region.
For more information visit TPB’s web site or call 202-962-3200.
Transit Planning in Northern Virginia
Transit Planning at the Northern Virginia level is coordinated by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), which consists of 19 commissioners, representing six member jurisdictions: Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church. Five of the 19 commissioners are appointed from the General Assembly, three from the House of Delegates and two from the State Senate. The other commissioner is the director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
NVTC provides a transportation policy forum for the Northern Virginia region, and is charged with allocating state, regional, and federal transit assistance each year among the member jurisdictions.
For more information please visit NVTC’s web site or call 703-524-3322.
Links to other Regional Transportation/Transit Agencies
To find links to other regional transportation/transit agencies go to www.thinkoutsidethecar.org.
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