Active Prince William

Helping to make Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park a More Livable, Sustainable Community.

Category: VRE

Active Prince William Policy Positions for Active, Equitable, and Sustainable Mobility in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park

Proposed Prince William County Trails Network from 2007

1) Build Complete Streets, especially a Primary Bikeway Network that Crosses Major Barriers (e.g., rivers, freeways, land parcels)

a) Build a continuous “I-66 Trail”, largely along Balls Ford Rd and east across Bull Run stream into Fairfax County.

b) Build a quality bike/ped crossing of I-66 at or near Sudley Rd/Bus. 234.  In the short term, ensure space for paths beneath all new I-66 overpasses of Sudley Rd.

c) Retrofit quality bike/ped crossings of I-95, especially at/near Prince William Pkwy/Horner Rd and at/near Dale Blvd/Opitz Blvd, but also at/near Rte 123, Occoquan Rd, Cardinal Dr, Rte 234, & Joplin Rd.

d) Complete a continuous trail along Rte 234, from Rte 1 to I-66, including the totally missing segment between Brentsville Rd and I-66.

e) Include quality bike/ped access along and across Flat Branch and Bull Run in the proposed Godwin Dr Extension (Rte 28 environmental assessment).

f)  Improve US Bike Route 1, a Maine-to Florida bikeway: retrofit paved shoulders along Aden Rd (Joplin Rd to Fleetwood Dr) and Fleetwood Dr (Aden Rd to Fauquier line) and sign all of USBR1 in PWC.

g)  Improve bike/ped crossings of Bull Run and the Occoquan River, including at Old Centreville Rd/Ordway Rd, Rte 28, Yates Ford Rd, I-66 Trail (connect Balls Ford Rd to Bull Run Dr), and Rte 1.

h) Improve bike/ped access along the Rte 29 corridor (Bull Run stream to Fauquier line).

i)  Establish continuous ped/bike access along Old Bridge Rd.

j)  Plan and develop a bikeway and trail network in Manassas Park.

2) Improve VRE Bicycle Access: 

a)  Provide covered bicycle parking and rental bicycle lockers at every VRE station in PWC.

b)  Improve bike/ped connections to VRE stations from all directions, including the expanded Broad Run station (including the Broad Run Trail).

c)  Expand VRE bike-on-rail access (long capped at 17 round trips/day).

3) Expand and Enhance Public Transportation As An Effective Travel Choice

a)  Add midday, evening, and reverse-commute VRE trips, possibly as shortened runs to/from Alexandria and/or Springfield/Franconia.

b)  Add local and commuter bus service along Rte 28 and Sudley Rd, ideally in dedicated lanes.

c)  Extend Richmond Hwy BRT south through Prince William County along the Rte 1 corridor to Quantico.

4)  Make Walking and Bicycling Safer

a)  Improve pedestrian crossings of multilane arterials (e.g., add missing pedestrian crossing signals, LPEs, prominently marked crosswalks, sidewalk bulb outs, and/or streetlights; remove RTOLs).

b)  Retrofit missing sidewalks along arterial roadways and on walk routes to schools and transit.

5)  Build Livable, Walkable, and Vibrant Transit-Oriented Communities

a)  Plan to revive aging suburban retail corridors and malls with higher-density, mixed-use, bus-transit-oriented redevelopment (e.g., Manassas Mall and the Sudley Rd corridor, Rte 28 in Yorkshire, Rte 1, Dale Blvd, Old Bridge Rd).

b)  Remove the following proposed road widenings from the Comprehensive Plan: (to be listed here).

c)  Innovation Town Center—Plan and develop a robust pedestrian and bicycle network, including a high-quality connection to the north side of the expanded Broad Run VRE Station.

6) Establish Citizen Transportation Advisory Commissions for Prince William County, Manassas & Manassas Park

7)  Operate a Vibrant Safe Routes to School Program

a)  All new public schools, including the 13th high school, should be walkable and bikeable.

8)  Provide Ubiquitous, Quality Bicycle Parking Accommodations

9)  Build a Comprehensive Recreational Trails Network

a) Complete the East Coast Greenway/Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail shared-use path through Prince William County, generally between Rte 1 and the Potomac River.

10)  Provide Meaningful and Robust Public Participation Processes for the Coming Comprehensive Plan Updates for the County and Cities

2018 Manassas Community Conversations and Comprehensive Plan Update

Content derived from http://manassascity.org/2431/Comprehensive-Plan-Update

Using an 18-month process, the City of Manassas will update its Comprehensive Plan–the City’s key policy document for land use, development, preservation and related economic and social issues.  As part of that update, the City will also develop its first Transportation Master Plan to guide future transportation investments and improve mobility in the City.  This is an exciting time for City residents as the Manassas community envisions its future!

Citizen input in updating the Comprehensive Plan is vital to a more livable Manassas.  Throughout the summer and fall, the City will host a second round of Community Conversations on key topic areas, like land use and transportation.  These conversations began on June 19th with a visioning session on land use.  Additional meetings are scheduled throughout the summer and fall.  City Staff will also be available to meet with neighborhood and community organizations to gather feedback. Please contact 703-257-8223 for more information about hosting a meeting.

Upcoming Meetings

Parks & Recreation Community Conversation
hosted by the Parks & Recreation Committee
Wednesday, July 11th – 7 PM @ Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William Street

Community Appearance & Environment Community Conversation
hosted by the Manassas Beautification Committee
Thursday, July 19th – 7 PM @ Public Works, 8500 Public Works Drive

Economic Development Community Conversation
hosted by the Manassas Business Council
Thursday, August 2nd – 12 PM @ Centerfuse, 9071 Center Street

Infrastructure Community Conversations
hosted by the Utility Commission
Thursday, August 9th – 7 PM @ Public Works, 8500 Public Works Drive

Culture & Historic Resources Community Conversation
hosted by the Historic Resources Board
Tuesday, September 4th – 7 PM @ Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William Street

Community Conversation Town Hall
hosted by the Manassas City Council
Monday, September 17th – 7 PM @ Location TBA

Past Meetings

Comprehensive Plan Kickoff & Community Conversation on Land Use
hosted by the Planning Commission
Tuesday, June 19th– 7 PM @ Boys and Girls Club, 9501 Dean Park Ln.

Land Use Community Conversation Meeting Materials

Land Use Community Conversation Presentation

Additional Resources

About the Update

Current Comprehensive Plan

Community Conversations Phase 1

Sign Up for Updates

View coverage of the Community Conversations Kick Off meeting:

community conversations link

Please visit www.manassascity.org/planmanassas for additional information and additional meeting dates.

VRE Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Public Meeting – 7 Dec 2016

Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is hosting its third public meeting on the Gainesville-Haymarket proposed extension to the commuter rail system in Prince William County. The meeting will provide an opportunity to comment on the final draft of alternatives that will be considered by the VRE Board for extending VRE commuter rail further into Western Prince William County.

VRE Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Map

VRE Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Map

Meeting Information

Date/Time: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Piney Branch Elementary School, 8301 Linton Hall Rd, Door 1, Bristow, VA 20136 <link to GoogleMap>

VRE is evaluating alternatives to expand VRE service further into Western Prince William County and into the Interstate Route 66 (I66) corridor. The proposal includes adding up to 3 new stations and closing/relocating the current Broad Run station. The proposed extension would also include an increase in frequency of trains from the current 30 minutes during peak commute times to 20 minutes.

More info on the VRE Gainesville-Haymarket Extension website

VRE Extension Meeting Flyer

VRE Extension Meeting Flyer