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Public, Private Funds Expected to Split Reston Transportation Improvement Costs

by Karen Goff June 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm 4 Comments

Reston Transit Areas/Fairfax County

The Fairfax County Board of Transportation is looking at a variety of funding sources to pay for more than $2 billion in Reston road improvements over the next 40 years.

FCDOT officials outlined some of their ideas at a community meeting in Reston on Monday. They stressed all proposals are in the idea stage and still being discussed with the Reston Network and Funding Advocacy Group (RNAG). They are also seeking public feedback on ideas, but hope to have a solid plan to go before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors by the end of 2016.

Here is what you need to know:

The $2.27 billion cost would be split between public and private funds over three categories.

  • Reston Roadways: $1.2 billion – 100 percent paid for by public share
  • Reston Intersections: $45 million – 100 percent paid for by private share
  • Urban Street grid near Metro Stations: $1.021 billion – 100 percent paid for by private share.

Reston Road Improvement Funding/Credit: FCDOTThat works out to 53 percent paid for by public funds; 47 percent paid for by private funds. However, even using those estimates and in-kind contributions, FCDOT estimates a $355 million shortfall.

That’s why they are considering a tax district for commercial properties or a special service district for all properties located in the Reston Transit Service Areas (TSAs). TSAs are the new construction within about a quarter-mile of Reston’s eventual three Metro stations.

Here’s some of the models they are considering for that:

Road Funding/Credit: FCDOT

And here are some of the models for a Road Fund comprised of developer contributions:

Reston Road Funding/Credit: FCDOT

In several of the Road Fund scenarios, there would still be a shortfall.

Read more about the process and provide feedback on FCDOT’s web page.

  • Terry Maynard

    As we have written about twice at Reston 20/20, most recently in the run up to last night’s meeting, we know of no good reason why the residents of the TSAs–current or future–should pay taxes for WORSE congestion that subsidizes the future BILLIONS in profits from Dulles Corridor developers. (And, yes, we did the math.) Corporate welfare at its worst.

    See this: http://reston2020.blogspot.com/2016/06/find-out-about-new-road-taxes-at-rnag.html

    If you share this concern, especially if you are a resident of one of the TSAs, you had better make sure FCDOT (see webpage link in the article) and Supervisor Hudgins know of your concerns. Otherwise, you will be paying another of those “special” Reston taxes for worse traffic than you have now.

  • Mike M

    I am thinking those TSA’s will be hard pressed to deliver the funding required. Stand by for the TSA’s to expand to a mile and a quarter.

  • Greg

    It’s not good news starting with a shortage over 1/3 of a billion dollars. We all know that number will grow to at least a billion or more dollars.

    It is good to know that our parkways are looking a bit better this year. The weeds are being mowed and we saw both edging and street sweeping on Reston Parkway last week. Now if only VDOT could synchronize the traffic signals…

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    I have clarified a point with the FCDOT transportation planners: ALL privately owned land within the yellow zone of the map will be subject to the proposed tax, not just the newcomers. At the end of this article it says “TSAs are the new construction within about a quarter-mile of Reston’s eventual three Metro stations.


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