Richmond Highway Urban Design Study

Fairfax County, VA

A Multimodal Approach Transforms an Urban Corridor

Following the completion of the landmark Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis, which explored a range of mobility options for a 15-mile section of one of Virginia’s most congested corridors, RHI began work on key elements of Fairfax County’s Embark Comprehensive Plan. This included an urban design study and the planning and design of a new bus rapid transit (BRT) system for eight miles along the Richmond Highway section of Route 1, stretching from Alexandria to Mount Vernon. Our study addressed historic, cultural, and ecological context in addition to transit-friendly land use and densities, envisioning the BRT route as a series of connected yet distinct mixed-use urban nodes served by an array of transportation options. Our team worked extensively with the county on public outreach as well as the creation of urban design guidelines to inform the transformation of this historic roadway.

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