Involving People...

"We plan to engage stakeholders and the public early and often during the study process," said DRPT Director Thelma Drake. "Reaching a vision for transit in the northern Virginia region will require significant input and cooperation from everyone in the study area. We look forward to starting that collaborative process."

Vision Plan Public Meetings Overview

Throughout this Vision planning process, we were very encouraged by the public participation. We appreciate the time citizens took to become involved and engaged in this very important study. The insight and input offered by citizens and stakeholders was instrumental in the development of solid recommendations for the Super NoVa study region. A total of 10 public meetings were held throughout the large study area at key points during the study process. Almost 200 citizens attended meetings and events hosted by the team. A series of questionnaires completed by the public aided in guiding the team. Here is a brief summary of thematic public comments:

Existing Conditions

  • Many areas unserved or underserved by transit
  • In some locations where transit options are available, the options are not always convenient
  • HOV hours are insufficient
  • Not enough transit information available
  • Special events frequently negatively impact transit operations and transit customers

Regional Mobility Needs

  • Improved access for disabled persons and elderly persons
  • More direct services and decrease transfers
  • Additional education on transit options
  • "Last mile" improvements
  • Transit services outside normal commuting times
  • Consider Base Realignment and Closure
  • Amenities such as outlets and wireless internet access on board vehicles as well as real-time travel information to attract customers

Draft Recommendations

  • Many areas unserved or underserved by transit
  • In some locations where transit options are available, the options are not always convenient
  • HOV hours are insufficient
  • Not enough transit information available
  • Special events frequently negatively impact transit operations and transit customers

Meeting materials and final reports and plans can be found on the Vision Plan Documents page.


Public Meeting 1 - Vision Plan Introduction/Current Conditions

Feb. 13, 2012 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Ida Lee Recreation Center
60 Ida Lee Drive
Leesburg, VA 20175

Feb. 14, 2012 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Shops at 1750 Crystal Drive
1671 Crystal Square Arcade (Underground, near Rite Aid)
Arlington, VA 22202

Feb. 15, 2012 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Warrenton Community Center
430 E. Shirley Avenue
Warrenton, VA 20186

Feb. 16, 2012 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Spotswood Baptist Church
4009 Lafayette Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Public Meeting 2 - Analysis/Concept Alternatives

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Triangle, VA 22172

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Warren County Government Center
Community Board Room
220 N Commerce Ave.
Front Royal, VA 22630

Thursday, May 24, 2012
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Navy League Building
2300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201

Public Meeting 3 - Draft Recommendations

September 18, 2012
Marriott Courtyard Alexandria Pentagon South (at Mark Center)
4641 Kenmore Avenue (at Seminary Rd & I-395)
Alexandria, VA

September 24, 2012
Four Points by Sheraton Manassas Battlefield
Washington Room
10800 Vandor Lane
Manassas, VA

September 27, 2012
Herndon Middle School Cafeteria
901 Locust Street
Herndon, VA