Bus Stop Master Plan

Importance of Bus Stops
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.

Purpose of the Plan
This plan establishes design standards for bus stops in the City of Falls Church, including the size, positioning, and style of shelters, benches, trash and recycling cans, and informational signs. These standards should be used in the design of all bus stops in the city, whether publicly or privately funded.

This plan also identifies preferred locations for bus stops throughout the city. The preferred locations were selected taking into account ridership, nearby uses, and industry best practices regarding the placement of stops. Existing stops should be consolidated or shifted as necessary to match the preferred locations.

Lastly, this plan provides guidelines for implementation. The guidance includes direction to remain flexible to changing conditions and responsive to opportunities. The guidance also includes a timeline for improving bus stops in the city consistent with the guidelines of this plan.
Bus Stop Rendering

The First Shelters
The first round of shelter installation includes the 20 stops identified as 2014 and 2015 priorities in the master plan. These includes shelters at the intersections of:

  • Birch St. & W. Broad St.
  • Pennsylvania Ave. & W. Broad St.
  • Virginia Ave. & W. Broad St.
  • Washington St. & Broad St.
  • Fairfax St. & E. Broad St.
  • Roosevelt St. & E. Broad St.
  • Columbia St. & N. Washington St.
  • Park Ave. & N. Washington St.
  • Hillwood Ave. & S. Washington St.

Cost and Funding
The estimated cost for these 20 shelters is $705,000.  Funding for the project is coming from a variety of sources: Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) $450,000, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT) $239,700, local funds $15,300.

Implementation Schedule
City staff is proceeding with implementation under the following schedule:

Date Activity Status
2013 Master Plan Adopted October 2013
April 2014 - May 2014 Engineering for Shelters Completed May 2014
August 2014 - April 2015 Site Design for Shelter Locations ongoing
December 2014 - TBD Easement Acquisition and Contract Negotiation ongoing
June 2015 - June 2016 Construction not started