Transportation Planning for Loudoun County

"Washington Dulles International Airport (Day)" by Paul Robert Lloyd on FlickrLoudoun’s transportation planning is coordinated between the County’s Department of Planning, which is generally responsible for long-term comprehensive planning, and the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure (DTCI), which is responsible for the development of the ultimate transportation network necessary to implement the Comprehensive Plan. DTCI is also responsible for shorter-term planning and operations.

Learn about Community Outreach opportunities through the Department of Planning.

Comprehensive Planning

The Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan is the set of policy documents adopted by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors intended to serve as a guide for development over the next 20 years. The goals of the Comprehensive Plan include promoting reasonable residential growth, alleviating future traffic congestion, promoting a diverse economy, protecting the rural economy, and preserving environmental and historical features. The county's Comprehensive Plan consists of the Revised General Plan and Amendments, the Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP), and a number of specific strategic plans.

Countywide Transportation Planning

The Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP) is a core element of the county’s Comprehensive Plan. The CTP serves as a guide for future transportation infrastructure investment to be financed by Federal, State, and local dollars as well as private sector contributions. The 2010 Revised CTP also helps to inform residents and employers of the County’s approach to addressing mobility needs and how the future transportation system may impact a specific neighborhood or property.

Plans for Specific Locations and Transportation Modes

The Loudoun County Department of Planning conducts a variety of area and strategic plans, including the development of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Master Plan. The Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure (DTCI) conducts shorter-term transportation studies, such as the Loudoun County Transit Development Plan.

Maintenance and Operations

The Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure (DTCI) assesses safety and operational deficiencies in the road system and coordinates with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), incorporated towns , developers and residential communities/homeowners associations to undertake improvements. DTCI also manages a commuter bus system called Loudoun County Transit and plans and oversees the coordinated system of local fixed route buses.  The County has very limited responsibility for maintaining public roads. Generally, if a road has a route number associated with it, it is maintained by the state through VDOT.  Currently, only the Town of Leesburg and the Town of Purcellville are responsible for public street maintenance within their jurisdictions due to their larger populations.  Public roads in the other five incorporated towns are maintained by VDOT.  Throughout the County, many private roads are maintained by businesses, apartment/condo complexes, homeowner/civic associations or residents.

Northern Virginia Transportation Planning

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority ties together the transportation priorities of Northern Virginia’s jurisdictions, including Loudoun, in its long-range plan. The most recent version of this plan is called TransAction 2030. The update of this plan, TransAction 2040, was under development in 2012.

Visit the NVTA meeting calendar for information opportunities.

"Washington Dulles International Airport (Day)," by Paul Robert Lloyd on Flickr.