Richmond Highway study looks at mass transit options

Traffic on Richmond Highway has increased as population has gone up. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

New mass transit options could be coming to Richmond Highway as a part of Virginia's sweeping transportation bill, WTOP reports.

WTOP's Hank Silverberg says the commonwealth has launched a year-long study on the Route 1 corridor through Fairfax and Prince William counties and how its growing population may impact the highway.

The study will look into possibly adding more rapid transit buses, street cars, bike lanes and possibly even an expansion of Metrorail.

Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton tells WTOP that development at Fort Belvoir is one reason for the massive growth. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the transportation legislation into law in May, completely overhauling transit funding statewide in the process.

The closest Metro station to the Route 1 corridor is Huntington, which serves as the southern terminus for the Yellow line. It's located just southeast of where Richmond Highway meets the Capital Beltway in Fairfax County.

WMATA also offers its Richmond Highway Express bus service between the south gate of Fort Belvoir and the King Street-Old Town Metro station on a daily basis.