Monday, October 28, 2013

Planning Commission hearing on Route 28 station area plan

Will you be able to bike to the Innovation Center (Route 28) Metrorail station when it opens in 2018? The station is part of Phase 2 of the Dulles Metrorail project. The Fairfax County Planning Commission is holding public hearings on proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan for areas in the southern station area.

Proposed bicycle facilities are contained on page 15 of the staff report. On page 12 is a conceptual street network. It appears that the bike facilities only reference the existing street network, not the planned network.

Below is information from the Route 28 Station - South Study site:
The Route 28 Station - South Study is a planning study to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the existing Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan and identify appropriate changes to help guide future development in the vicinity of the Route 28/CIT transit station area.

The study is focusing on the land area generally bounded by the Dulles Toll Road to the north and Frying Pan Road to the south, and Sully Road (Route 28) to the west and Centreville Road to the east. The commercial area located to the east of Centreville Road and south of Sunrise Valley Drive also is part of the study area.

The Route 28 Station - South Study will update the existing Comprehensive Plan recommendations to ensure support for the County's Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Policy and that the recommendations support the implementation of rail.

This study is a counterpart to the planning activities that are underway for other areas along the Reston-Dulles Corridor including the three Reston area transit stations that are part of the Reston Master Plan Special Study, and the north side of the Route 28/CIT station.

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FYI, they only reference the existing street network because in this area, that's what the draft Bike Master Plan does. But the proposed Plan text for this study area does have additional bike facilities guidance beyond the map. Check page 13 of the proposed text. It suggests facilities for all arterials and collectors. Local roads don't contain bike facilities because they're planned to be narrow, 25 mph roads with on-street parking.

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