There are exciting things afoot on U.S. 1 in Fairfax County. The condition of U.S. 1 is tied to everything in our community - property values, schools, environment, and quality of life. When I was elected in 2009, I promised voters that my number one priority would be facilitating the redevelopment and revitalization of the U.S. 1 Corridor.
After consulting with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), we determined that the first step was to develop a coherent consensus view of transit and land use in the corridor. In 2011, Senator Toddy Puller and I pushed through SJ292 which commissioned the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis and Senator Puller and I secured $2 million to fund the study working with Governor Robert McDonnell and Secretary of Transportation Sean CoNnaughton.
The study wrapped up last year and included collaboration from myself, Senators Toddy Puller and Adam Ebbin, Delegates Mark Sickles and Dave Albo, and Supervisors Gerry Hyland and Jeff McKay. The final report is 500 pages long and you can read it here:
The study recommended a four phase approach to construct:
- Sidewalks down the entire 14-mile length of U.S. 1 and a multi-use path for pedestrian and cycling.
- Widening U.S. 1 to six lanes its entire length.
- Constructing a median-dedicated bus rapid transit system from the Huntington Metro to the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express Station.
- Extend the Yellow Line from Huntington Metro to Beacon Hill and Hybla Valley.
|U.S. 1 and Beacon Hill Road - Yellow Line Scenario #3|
|Hybla Valley Rendering - Yellow Line Scenario #3|
(Building Heights in Parenthesis)
At the suggestion of Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay, Embark Richmond Highway recently creates a simplified summary fact sheet for the public to explain its purpose. You can view it and/or download it below.
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I look forward to working with the community to see this come to reality!