Community input requested on Richmond Highway BRT station themes


The windscreen of Richmond Highway's nine BRT stations will feature community-focused artwork from local students (Credit: FCDOT).

The article was updated on Aug. 2 to provide some additional dates/locations where "mini meetings" will be held.

Have ideas about how one or more of the communities along the Route 1 corridor should be represented artistically at future Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations? The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is looking for your input as part of its “Community Charm” initiative, which aims to have BRT stations reflect the history, identity and character of surrounding neighborhoods.

Based on past community input sessions, FCDOT has narrowed down its list of potential themes for all nine BRT stations and wants the general public to help make final decisions. Once a single theme is settled on for each stop, Fairfax County’s Planning Department will develop narratives in partnership with the History Commission, and local students will develop related designs for the windscreen area of each station.

Richmond Highway BRT: AKA "The One" (Credit: FCDOT)

Community members interested in helping finalize the themes can either do so via an online survey — also available in Spanish — through Aug. 14 or by stopping by at an upcoming “mini meeting” at the McCutcheon/Mount Vernon Farmers Market next to Sherwood Regional Library on Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Gum Springs Community Center on Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and in front of the bus loop at the Original Mount Vernon High School on Aug. 10 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The general public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the narratives and the design options developed by students once they are available.

More information about Richmond Highway BRT, also known as “The One,” is available on FCDOT’s website.

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