Richmond Highway BRT Update: FCDOT to accept federal funding for ROW purchase


Rendering of Richmond Highway BRT bus (Credit: FCDOT)

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 5 approved a supplemental appropriation resolution enabling the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) to accept just over $22.5 million in grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the purchase of right of way (ROW) related to the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. That amount will be matched with around $5.6 million in local dollars from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

According to county documents, the overall BRT project entails the acquisition of up to 21 residential parcels, one community facility parcel and up to 40 business parcels between Sherwood Hall Lane and Huntington Metro station. FCDOT is currently in the ROW acquisition process — which will last through mid-2026 — and has plans to demolish two unoccupied homes on Collard Street within the next few months.

One of the parcels that will soon be demolished on Collard Street in Groveton

The county is also seeking federal grant support for the construction cost of BRT, primarily through the FTA’s competitive “New Starts” program. In coming months, FCDOT expects to receive its project rating, which BRT officials hope will be a “medium” or “medium-high” to ensure federal funding.

Pending the BRT project’s entry into the engineering phase, utility construction along Richmond Highway is expected to begin in mid-2024.

The next community update on BRT will take place Jan. 31, 2024 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Bryant High School.

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