Friday, September 21, 2012

Upcoming Fairfax transportation funding meetings

Fairfax County is planning a series of meetings to discuss options for increasing funding for transportation projects. This is an opportunity for cyclists to speak out in support of better bike facilities, including bike lanes, cycle tracks, wayfinding signs, bike parking, and paved trails. If you can't attend the meetings, see how you can provide input:

Fairfax County Launches Countywide Dialogue
on Transportation Funding

Fairfax County transportation needs over the next ten years exceed available funding from local, regional, state, federal and private sources. This gap is estimated to be around $300 million per year. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognizes that improving transportation is a high priority since the county's economic health depends on an efficient transportation system.

The Board of Supervisors is seeking community feedback on ways to generate revenue to address these unfunded transportation (roadway, transit, bike and pedestrian) needs. This effort will consist of a series of community meetings in September and October 2012 at which potential revenue sources will be discussed. 

The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback at the meetings or in an online survey through October 12, 2012. The public meetings will include a presentation, a question-and-answer session, and an opportunity to view materials and talk to county staff. The meeting dates are:

Monday, Sep. 24 at 7 p.m.
West Springfield District Office
6140 Rolling Road
Springfield, VA 22152
Transit:  Fairfax Connector 310

Wednesday, Sep. 26 at 7 p.m.
Sully Governmental Center
4900 Stonecroft Boulevard
Chantilly, VA 20151
Transit:  Fairfax Connector 640, 642

Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
Mason District Government Center
6621 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA  22003
Transit:  Metrobus 16A, 16D

*Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.*
Date changed from Oct. 1
Franconia Government Center
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA  22310
Transit:  Fairfax Connector 310

Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
North County Government Center
12000 Bowman Towne Drive
Reston, VA  20190
Transit:  RIBS 1, RIBS 3

Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
Chesterbrook Elementary School
1753 Kirby Road
McLean, VA  22101
Transit:  none

Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Thoreau Middle School
2505 Cedar Lane
Vienna, VA  22180
Transit:  Metrobus 2T

Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Kings Park Office/Library
9000 Burke Lake Road
Burke, VA  22015
Transit:  Metrobus 17A, 17B, 17G, 17H

Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Mt. Vernon Government Center
2511 Parkers Lane
Alexandria, VA  22306
Transit: Fairfax Connector 152, 161, 162

County staff will host an online chat in the county's Ask Fairfax! forum, where the public can engage in a discussion about funding for transportation.  Time and date of the Ask Fairfax! chat will be announced on the county's web site at

For more information about the Countywide Dialogue on Transportation Funding, the Ask Fairfax! chat, or to take the online survey,  Residents can also visit the web site to sign up for email updates or find out if new meetings have been announced.

For more information about this news item, please contact Ellen Kamilakis at 703-877-5606, TTY 711.

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