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1 County of Fairfax, Virginia Summary and Next Steps Fairfax County Department of Transportation January 15, 2013 Department of Transportation

2 County of Fairfax, Virginia Snapshot of Outreach Survey started 9/24/12 and concluded 10/18/12 1,725 survey responses 9 public meetings, 5 additional presentations 220 attendees (not including elected officials and staff) Department of Transportation 2

3 County of Fairfax, Virginia Other Outreach Community Dialogue on Transportation web site Ask Fairfax live, online Q&A on Wednesday, Oct. 10. –Answered 9 questions News Release issued 9/20/12, sent to: Media, elected officials, stakeholders (TAC/Advisory group, EDA, TMAs, NVTA, Chambers, all county agencies and Exec Staff, etc.) Board Members subscribers, HOAs –Update issued 10/15/12 (survey extended to 10/18/12) Reporter requests, media coverage –WTOP, Examiner, Patch, Connection Department of Transportation 3

4 County of Fairfax, Virginia Survey Results Questions 4: What impact does traffic congestion have on your daily commute? –Moderate, Significant or Very Significant Impact82% –Little or No Impact18% 5: Would you be supportive of a countywide effort to find a source of revenue to address transportation needs? –Yes:85% –No:15% 9: Should Fairfax County include additional funding to supplement the funding VDOT provides for secondary road maintenance? –Yes62% –No38% Department of Transportation 4

5 County of Fairfax, Virginia Survey Results – Revenue Options Question 6 Following are the revenue options listed in order by MOST likely to support: % of Respondents 1.Developer Contributions79.0% 2.Vehicle Rental Tax66.8% 3.Hotel Tax62.7% 4.Gas Tax (cents per gallon)59.8% 5.Increased C&I Rate52.4% 6.Gas Tax (% of sales price)50.8% 7.Registration Fee on New or Newly Located Vehicles47.4% 8.Commercial Parking Fee46.7% 9.Sales Tax41.8% 10. Regional Vehicle Registration Fee37.1% Department of Transportation 5

6 County of Fairfax, Virginia Survey Results – Revenue Options (cont.) Question 6 Continued from the previous slide, revenue options are listed in order by MOST likely to support: % of Respondents 11. Tolls33.9% 12. Meals Tax33.2% 13. Safety Inspection Fee30.5% 14. Make Fewer Improvements25.4% 15. Vehicle Miles Traveled Fee24.4% 16. Real Estate Tax22.4% 17. Real Estate Transfer (Grantors) Tax20.8% 18. Personal Property Tax20.6% 19. Sales Tax on Services18.2% 20. Income Tax17.8% 21. Vehicle Repair Tax on Labor13.3% Department of Transportation 6

7 County of Fairfax, Virginia Survey Results – Revenue Suggestions Question 7 Are there any other revenue options that should be considered? 857 responses, containing 1,114 suggestions (listed by % of suggestions): Cut other county programs, staff, services (12% of suggestions) Ask for/demand more State or Federal funding (10%) Vehicle-based taxes (by weight, number of vehicles per household) (7%) Require developers to contribute more* (6%) Gas tax increase* (5%) Location-based taxes (Commuter tax, special tax districts, etc.) (5%) Tolls* (5%) (continued) * These responses were variations of funding options proposed in survey question 6. Department of Transportation 7

8 County of Fairfax, Virginia Are there any other revenue options that should be considered? 857 responses, containing 1,114 suggestions (listed by % of suggestions): (continued from previous slide) Fines for traffic violations (Red light & speed cameras, cell phone use, etc.) (5% of suggestions) Sin taxes (alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, etc.) (4%) Transit & TDM (higher bus or rail fares, proffer enforcement, employer- provided incentives) (3%) NOTE: 26% of suggestions fell into an Other category (Sell naming rights for street names, parking fees, various others). Also, 12% of responses either answered no or were not related to the question. Department of Transportation 8 Survey Results – Revenue Suggestions Question 7

9 County of Fairfax, Virginia Survey Results – Revenue Suggestions Question 7 Are there any other revenue options that should be considered? * These responses were variations of funding options proposed in survey question 6. Department of Transportation 9

10 County of Fairfax, Virginia Survey Results – Project Suggestions Question 8 What priority transportation projects should the county consider funding? 1,186 responses, containing 1,608 suggestions (listed by % of suggestions): Transit improvements (28% of suggestions) Major road improvements (28%) Bike & Pedestrian improvements (12%) Road repair/maintenance (6%) ITS/Signals (5%) Intersection improvements (4%) Department of Transportation 10

11 County of Fairfax, Virginia Survey Results – Project Suggestions Question 8 What priority transportation projects should the county consider funding? 443 (or 28%) of the 1,608 suggestions related to transit: Bus or no mode specified (42%) –Shuttle/community buses; more weekend bus service; more frequent trips; mass transit Metro / rail (38%) –Extend Orange line to Rt. 50/Fair Lakes/Centreville; complete Silver line; extend Yellow line to Fort Belvoir; expand VRE to weekends LRT / Streetcar - 59 (13%) – Light rail on Rt. 7 Tysons to Leesburg; on Richmond Hwy., on Fairfax County Pkwy., Columbia Pike Streetcar BRT - 29 (7%) –In Rt. 1 corridor; Rt. 7 from Tysons to Alexandria; Rt. 28; Gallows Rd. Department of Transportation 11

12 County of Fairfax, Virginia Survey Results – Project Suggestions Question 8 What priority transportation projects should the county consider funding? 448 (or 28%) of the 1,608 suggestions were for major road improvements: Specific widenings or interchanges (71%) –Add turn lanes to Rt. 1; widen Stringfellow; Rt. 28/I-66/Braddock Rd. interchange General widenings or interchanges- 117 (26%) –All Northern VA roads; widen main roadways; heavily used roads first Both specific & general improvements - 11 (3%) –Another Potomac River crossing; Parkway extensions; elevate I-66 and add 6-8 lanes inside Beltway or expand Rts. 29 and 50 Department of Transportation 12

13 County of Fairfax, Virginia Summary The Countywide Dialogue on Transportation has been an effective public outreach strategy. While there is general support for addressing the problem, responses to the survey indicate a fair amount of confusion and misunderstanding regarding: –How much transportation improvements cost –Process for getting state and federal funding, where the funding comes from, and why it is drying up –Which projects cannot be completed without additional funding, or how new funding would be spent Outreach to date has been very helpful, but more needs to be done Department of Transportation 13

14 County of Fairfax, Virginia Where do we go from here? Public meetings and small group presentations have been effective in raising awareness of transportation funding issues among those who attended. However, the information did not reach a significant portion of the countys population. Transportation funding is a complicated issue that will remain a top concern among all those who live, work, travel or do business in Fairfax County for a long time to come. Helping county residents understand the federal, state and local funding issues is critical if we are to have an informed and engaged electorate. Continued public outreach can help educate county residents, so that they may make informed choices about their transportation future. Department of Transportation 14

15 County of Fairfax, Virginia Proposed Next Steps Develop a multi-layered public education campaign Since there is so much information to absorb, a layered approach is suggested, where one layer of information would be rolled out and discussed with the community before the next layer of information would begin. To compete for the attention of busy County residents, staff suggests reaching out to residents on multiple levels, many times, over an extended period of time. Many types of media will be used to convey our messages in many ways. Campaign would not commence before the General Assembly concludes. Department of Transportation 15

16 County of Fairfax, Virginia Proposed Next Steps A multi-layered public education campaign Message #1 (the first layer) –Identifying the costs of transportation (sidewalks, a mile of highway, turn lanes, a transit bus, etc.) Message #2 (the second layer) –Where funding comes from; breakdown of County, State, Federal dollars Message #3 (the third layer) –Potential sources for additional transportation funding (gas tax, tolls, bigger fines for traffic offenses, real estate tax, etc.) Message #4 (the fourth layer) –What additional funding will buy; a list of projects and cost per resident; project schedules Department of Transportation 16

17 County of Fairfax, Virginia Proposed Next Steps A multi-layered public education campaign Use many types of media to convey messages in many ways: –Develop a speakers bureau and make presentations to Chambers of Commerce and other groups, do media interviews (WTOP Ask the Transportation Professional) –Informational videos on Countys YouTube page, promoted through social media (Facebook, Twitter) –Articles for publication and electronic dissemination (via internet) Department of Transportation 17

18 County of Fairfax, Virginia Proposed Next Steps A multi-layered public education campaign Use many types of media to convey messages in many ways (continued from previous slide) : –Series of ads, for example, in malls, on buses and bus shelters with QR codes for more information –Electronic and print informational advertising (Google ads, local news media) –Outreach tailored for non- traditional or disadvantaged audiences –Staff is looking at options and costs for implementing a more thorough, statistically valid countywide survey Department of Transportation 18

19 County of Fairfax, Virginia Questions? Board discussion and feedback on next steps Department of Transportation 19


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