|Route 7 in Seven Corners.|
The NVTC’s Envision Route 7 initiative is soliciting public input as part of the Route 7 Corridor Transit Study, an in-depth assessment of existing travel needs along the heavily congested corridor between the City of Alexandria and Tysons. The objective is to develop recommendations to improve mobility and accessibility, recommend the best option for transit, and if feasible, apply for federal funding to implement the project.
Public meetings will be held:
- Nov. 4, 7-9 p.m., at the Alexandria Health Department, 5th floor conference room, 4480 King Street, Alexandria.
- Nov. 10, 7-9 p.m., Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School cafeteria, 7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.
- Nov. 18, 7-9 p.m., Glen Forest Elementary School cafeteria, 5829 Glen Forest Drive, Bailey’s Crossroads.
Several route options are under consideration, as well. Within the City of Alexandria, the end point could be either at the Van Dorn Metro Station or the King Street Metro Station. In the City of Falls Church, there could possibly be a connection to the East Falls Church Metro Station.
Phase II is looking at whether the project is viable, including market demand for premium transit service, whether the community and political leaders want it, whether it makes sense financially, and whether it could be funded.
The study is expected to be completed in spring 2016. If the final recommendations determine the project is viable, planning, design, environmental review, applying for federal funding, and construction could take up to 10 years.
Costs could range from a few million dollars per mile for minor changes and upgrades to a hundred million dollars per mile or more for light rail under the most challenging conditions.