IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE VIRGINIA RAILWAY EXPRESS COMMUTER RAIL ON LAND USE DEVELOPMENT PATTERNS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

A new commuter rail system - the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) - began operations in Northern Virginia in mid-1992. The new VRE operated four trains each over two existing rail lines running through metropolitan fringe areas to downtown Washington, DC. Initial operations provided for one-way service during the morning and evening commuting hours. The system ran through a cross-section of suburban land use activities: rural areas, protected watersheds, typical 1960s-1980s suburban neighborhoods, small cities and towns, and densely developed urban areas. The purpose of this study is to identify variables and document base conditions in Northern Virginia against which future conditions will be compared. A future Phase 2 will re-examine the same variables, make comparisons to the base line conditions, identify changes and attempt to determine the changes which resulted from introduction and operations of the VRE.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00712871
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-T-95-18
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1995 12:00AM