|Route 7, looking northwest toward the Columbia Pike intersection, on a weekday afternoon.|
- LRT from Tysons to the Van Dorn Street Metro station via the East Falls Church Metro station.
- BRT from Tysons to the Van Dorn Street Metro station via the East Falls Church Metro station.
- BRT from Tysons to the Van Dorn Street Metro station without a detour to East Falls Church.
- BRT from Tysons to the King Street Metro station via the East Falls Church Metro station.
The study is looking at operating and capital costs per passenger mile for the various options, projected population growth along the corridor, ridership estimates, and potential funding sources, said Kate Mattis, director of transit programs and policy at NVTC. Recommendations are expected to be announced next spring. Several options considered in the first phase of the study, which started in 2013, have been eliminated.
According to the NVTC, transit is needed to relieve congestion, connect business to workers, reduce commuting times, and improve travel-time reliability.
The population along the Route 7 corridor is expected to increase by 42 percent by 2040, the NVTC states. The number of jobs will grow by 50 percent, and there will be a need for 54,490 new residential units and 16.3 million square feet of new and replacement office space, as older commercial buildings become obsolete.
Members of the public can submit comments to NVTC related to a particular location along Route 7 on a crowdsource map.