The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority adopted a TransAction Plan Update in October and it includes more than two dozen projects meant to make bicycling easier and better.
Adoption of the new TransAction plan marks the first time the NVTA has updated it since passage of HB (House Bill) 2313 in 2013, which “established a dedicated, sustainable funding stream for transportation in Northern Virginia and allows the Authority to begin fulfilling its mission to address regional transportation challenges.”
Here's a list of the included bike projects
- Construct protected bike lanes on both sides of Route 7 between Alexandria and Seven Corners. Connect with City of Falls Church's bicycle network. Construct trail along Route 7 from Leesburg to Alexandria.
- Introduce and expand bikesharing services in Herndon in coordination with County regional system
- Install up to 24 bikesharing stations along Route 29, Route 7, Sycamore Street, Roosevelt Street, and W&OD Trail in the City of Falls Church.
- Construct multimodal improvements, including new or restructured bus bays, at the current East Falls Church Metrorail Station. These include bicycle and pedestrian connections, improve access and signalization on North Sycamore Street and Washington Boulevard, and bikesharing stations.
- Provide dedicated bicycle facilities, bikesharing and key sidewalk improvements on north-south corridors in Arlington to connect major east-west corridors with each other. Example corridors includes Carlin Springs Road, Walter Reed Drive/Fillmore Street, Harrison Street, Washington Boulevard, Route 110, and others. Network also includes:
a. Trail parallel to Washington Boulevard between Arlington Boulevard and Columbia Pike;
b. Rehab of Custis Trail to current VDOT shared used path design and construction specifications in Rosslyn;
c. Extension of Custis Trail north of I-66 between North Kennebec Street and North Quantico Street;
d. Long Bridge Park Esplanade extension to Mount Vernon Trail;
e. Arlington Boulevard trail;
f. Theodore Roosevelt Bridge connection to Mount Vernon Trail and Marine Corps War Memorial;
g. Dedicated cycling facility along the Route 50 service road (southside), between North Rhodes Street and North Meade Street;
h. Expansion of Arlington bicycle commuter routes: Bluemont Junction Trail, Custis Trail, Four Mile Run Trail, Mount Vernon Trail, W&OD Trail;
i. Improve connections between the County trail network and activity centers, as well as interjurisdictional connections.
- Alexandria Bike and Pedestrian Trails Construction and Reconstruction;
a. Reconstruct Holmes Run Trail from North Ripley Street to I-395;
b. Construct trails along local streets in the Beauregard Street and Van Dorn Street corridor. This facility will provide a north-south connection to the City's Holmes Run Trail, running eastwest, and connecting bicycle users to Mark Center corridor;
c. Construct pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Holmes Run at Morgan Street;
d. Implement and construct projects in the City's Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan; and
e. Construct bicycle improvements along Royal Street between Jones Point and Bashford Street, including signage and traffic calming.
- Improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in and around the Columbia Pike corridor, including bikeways, bikesharing, and key sidewalk improvements, to convert SOV trips to, within, and between activity center areas from car to bicycle/pedestrian. Includes parallel bike routes along 9th Street, 11th Street, and 12th Street in the vicinity of Columbia Pike
- Develop a system of coordinated mobility hubs along major corridors to fully integrate transit, bikesharing, carsharing, ridesharing, pedestrians, bicycling, ride hailing, and other shared use services.
- Improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in and around the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor, including bikeways, bikesharing, and key sidewalk improvements, to convert SOV trips to, within, and between Metrorail station areas from car to bicycle/pedestrian, and to enable access to/from Metrorail stations to high-density housing and job centers. Includes a designated bicycle lane along North Lynn Street and along Fort Myer Drive between Lee Highway at Rosslyn Circle and Fairfax Drive south of Arlington Boulevard
- Improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in and around Arlington's Blue/Yellow Metrorail corridor, including bikeways, bikesharing, and key sidewalk improvements, to convert SOV trips to, within, and between Metrorail station areas from car to bicycle/pedestrian, and to enable access to/from Metrorail stations to high-density housing and job centers.
- Enhance regional bike routes (W&OD), including separate trails for walking and bicycling, updated crossings to increase safety, and lighting to keep trail open all year in the Falls Church area.
- Improve on- and off-road bicycle and pedestrian facilities, routes, and infrastructure along and adjacent to City of Fairfax corridors to provide better access to Metrorail and regional trails. Expand bikesharing, bike storage, and signage. Includes the extension of the George Snyder Trail.
- Implement bike rental stations in Town of Vienna in coordination with wider County and regional system. Extend Davis Drive (Route 868) from Glenn Drive (Route 864) to Fairfax County line at the future bridge over Dulles Toll Road (Route 267). Realign Rock Hill Road with Davis Drive. Construct a four-lane roadway over the Dulles Toll Road from Sunrise Valley Drive on the south side to Davis Drive extension in Loudoun County on the north side. The project would include pedestrian and bicycle facilities
- Construct a four-mile segment of the high-capacity transitway on Duke Street within City of Alexandria. Reconstruct Duke Street from Wheeler Avenue to Jordan Street with a center left-turn lane. Construct bicycle and pedestrian improvements along corridor
- Implement BRT service between the Pentagon and Kingstowne via Mark Center and Van Dorn Metrorail Station. Includes construction of a four-mile segment of dedicated bus lanes between Van Dorn Metrorail Station and King Street. The project also provides pedestrian and bicycle facilities within the corridor.
- Widen Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) to six lanes between the City of Fairfax and Arlington County. The project would include intersection improvements, including signalization improvements, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
- Multimodal improvements in Falls Church revitalization areas: West Broad Street, Washington Street Corridor, and East End. Improvements will include improved intersection geometry and signalization, improved pedestrian connectivity and accessibility, improved transit stops, and improved bicycle access
- Implement multimodal improvements and improve local connections along Fairfax Boulevard. Enhance transit, pedestrian/bicycle, and roadway facilities and infrastructure
- Implement multimodal improvements and improve local connections along Jermantown Road. Enhance transit, pedestrian/bicycle, and roadway facilities and infrastructure.
- Implement multimodal improvements along Old Lee Highway. Enhance transit, pedestrian/bicycle, and roadway facilities and infrastructure.
- Improved connections and circulation for all modes near the Northfax intersection. Improvements to and along Fairfax Boulevard in the vicinity of the Northfax intersection including pedestrian/bicycle safety,
- Intersection improvements at Fairfax Circle to improve vehicular and pedestrian/bicycle mobility and safety
- Traffic improvements for the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Glebe Road, including signalization, accommodation for pedestrians, and turn lane channelization. Construct improvements at Mount Vernon Avenue and Four Mile Road intersection, including pedestrian/bicycle improvements. Construct pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Four Mile Run between Commonwealth Avenue and Eads Street. Construct Mount Vernon Avenue and Russell Road intersection safety improvements to accommodate pedestrian and bicyclists, which may entail intersection and parking configuration redesign. Construct a pedestrian/bicycle link from the Potomac Yard Trail to connect to the Four Mile Run Trail on the south side of Four Mile Run, and to the Mount Vernon Trail. Construct Oakville Triangle improvement projects
- Expand multimodal transportation capacity and safety in the Lee Highway corridor, providing viable options to move more people without increasing the volume of single-occupant vehicles. Includes addition of bicycle facilities along Route 29 corridor
- Transit and pedestrian/bicycle connections along Sycamore Street and Roosevelt Street with a bridge overpass connecting to planned redevelopment in Seven Corners.
- Construct a shared used path on both sides of Route 28 from Prince William County line to Dulles Toll Road.
- Construct a trail along Route 29 from Dixie Hill Road to East Falls Church Metrorail Station.
- Construct sidewalks, crosswalks, shared-use trails, and intersection improvements to improve pedestrian access to Silver Line Metrorail stations (Ashburn and Loudoun Gateway) in Loudoun County