By Paul Stoddard, Senior Planner
Why Does the City Need Bus Shelters?
Buses fill an important role in the City’s transportation network. Every day, buses running through the City of Falls Church pickup 1,400 passengers (source: WMTA ridership data). All of those pickups are made at bus stops. Well-designed bus stops provide a safe, comfortable place to wait for the bus. They also provide information about bus service and nearby amenities, such as shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions
Does the City Have a Plan for Building Bus Shelters?
On October 28, 2013, the City Council adopted a Bus Stop and Bus Shelter Master Plan. The Plan provides guidance on the following: bus shelter design and amenities, bus stop spacing, and priority shelter locations. City staff developed the Plan by merging policy guidance from the City’s Comprehensive Plan, industry guidelines, ridership data, expectations of future use, and input from the City Council, Planning Commission, and the Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT).
When will the City Install New Shelters?
City staff expects to install approximately 20 new bus shelters along Broad Street and Washington Street in 2015. Construction will run through the spring, summer, and fall, with shelters being installed in batches of a few at a time.
How will the Shelters be Funded?
City staff estimates the cost for 20 shelters to be approximately $720,800. Funding for these shelters is coming from the following sources:
- Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA): $450,000
- Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (V-DRPT): $239,700
- Developer Contributions: $18,500
- Local Funding: $12,600
- Total: $720,000
Where Can I Learn More?
More information is available on the project webpage or you can contact me.