Northern Virginia’s Route 7 Corridor runs from the King Street Metrorail station in Alexandria to Tysons Corner, and includes connected activity centers and major retail and employment anchors, making it viable for premium transit service. Foursquare ITP led the development of the study’s vision, goals, objectives, and purpose and need statement, as well as led the development of the measures for evaluating both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 alternatives. We proposed corridor management approaches to reduce highway and transit congestion, including Transportation Demand Management (TDM), High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, variable pricing, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Our staff evaluated various build alternatives via analysis of land use, demographics, development, transit connectivity, ridership, and mode share, resulting in the screening to a narrow list of alternatives.
Foursquare ITP then developed local bus service plans for six Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) / Light Rail Transit (LRT) alternatives that identify adjustments to local bus service along the corridor, crossing the corridor, and feeding the corridor. We recommended reducing service redundancies, modifying route alignments to enhance feeder service to stations, and increasing service for routes crossing the corridor. To support these recommendations, we developed incremental cost estimates. Future implementation will leverage transit system cohesion across operators and maximize transfers, as well as overall ridership.