“It’s going to be an exciting 6 months for DC area transit.”
Noting “a string of big transit projects in the DC region” that includes the opening of the Silver Line in Fairfax County, streetcars in DC, and the Route 1 transitway in Alexandria, Dan Malouf, a professional transportation planner for the Arlington County Department of Transportation, made that observation at his blog yesterday.
Although any ribbon cutting in the Groveton area is still far away, residents here and along the Route 1 Corridor are starting to get excited too. Last night, at the South County Government Center at 8350 Richmond Highway, five different transportation agencies met with the public to discuss a multi-modal transit study that will help shape the future of transportation and quality of life along the Richmond Highway Corridor, a 14-mile stretch of Route 1 from Alexandria to Woodbridge.
Meetings have been held before in this part of the region, but this one, the first of three, marks another signpost on the way to re-engineering the suburban landscape in this part of Fairfax County into a more walkable and sustainable environment.
Five different agencies - the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), Fairfax County, Prince William County, the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), provided information and handouts.
Additionally, Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, attended as well as members of the Southeast Fairfax County Development Corporation. Elected officials included Scott Surovell, Jeff McKay and Adam Ebbin.
The next meeting will be in February.