By Steve Hunt
It’s official. The name and branding of the proposed Richmond Freeway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is “The One”.
A BRT is a high quality public transport system designed to be fast, reliable and more convenient than traditional bus routes. BRTs operate much like rail service but use bus vehicles.
On Feb. 25, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay, Supervisors Dan Storck Mount Vernon and Rodney Lusk Lee, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority CEO Monica Backmon, Department of Health officials and stakeholders Virginia Transportation attended the Mark for the Future launch of the Richmond Freeway. BRT at the Gerry Hyland Government Center on the Richmond Highway.
Chairman McKay noted that, combined with the Embark Richmond Highway project, the projects represent a capital investment of over $1 billion in infrastructure improvements that will significantly improve the quality of life for residents of the corridor.
Lusk said The One supports the county’s vision of a “one connected community” and will bring more job opportunities and amenities. He added that the project has several security measures, saying the improvements will make the community safer.
Storck described The One as “truly a lifetime achievement” which will transform “our new main street” with traffic improvements benefiting both residents and commuters. “I’m very excited about the launch of this new brand,” he said.
He recognized many community stakeholders who participated in the planning process, including Mary Paden, Mount Vernon Planning Commissioner, Walter Clarke, Earl Flanagan, Cathy Ledec, Mattie Palmore and dozens of others for their work and devotion.
The proposed BRT system will consist of nine stations, built in two sections. It will connect to major employment centers, shopping malls and residential communities along the Richmond Freeway corridor from the Huntington subway station to Fort Belvoir. The project will include pedestrian and cycling facilities and other amenities to support the proposed system.
The schedule calls for design to continue until 2023, acquisition of the right-of-way until 2026, construction ending in 2030 when the BRT is fully operational, and is expected to carry 15,000 riders per day.
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