County holding series of summer meetings on BRT project

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will be discussing the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in a series of informal meetings with residents this summer.

The “mini-meetings” will be held at locations near future BRT stops, but all community members are welcome. FCDOT says project goals, current efforts, timelines and other issues will be discussed. The first meeting was held June 25 with residents in the Hybla Valley and Gum Springs residents.

Richmond Highway BRT, which was approved as part of the Embark Richmond Highway plan, will eventually run between the Huntington Metro station and Fort Belvoir. The project, which is still in the preliminary design phase, will eventually be constructed in two phases: The first will be a 3.1 mile stretch between the Huntington Metro and Hybla Valley, and the second will be a 5.5 mile stretch connecting Hybla Valley to Fort Belvoir.

Construction on phase I of the $735 million project is slated to start in 2023. Phase II construction will start in 2025 and is scheduled to be done in early 2029.

The “mini meetings” schedule:

Beacon Hill/Lockheed
July 24 at 7 p.m.
Bryant Alternative High School
2709 Popkins Lane

Woodlawn/Fort Belvoir
July 31 at 7 p.m.
UC-Sacramento Neighborhood Center
8792 Sacramento Drive

Huntington/Penn Daw
August 7 at 7 p.m.
Mount Eagle Elementary
6116 North Kings Highway

South County Center
August 14 at 7 p.m.
South County Government Center
8350 Richmond Highway

General Discussion in Spanish
August 18 at 3:15 p.m.
Good Shepherd Church
8710 Mount Vernon Highway