Infrastructure: Highways (digital and physical), airports, public transit and multimodal connectivity
Welcome to a place that is driven by connectivity, both physically and virtually. Here, an extensive network of highways, railroads and airports links residents and businesses with the D.C. metropolitan area – and the world.
Technology: Wired for digital superpowers
Our digital connections are unparalleled. Fairfax County includes the Dulles Technology Corridor, and it’s estimated that 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic runs through this region. In fact, in his book, “Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet,” author Andrew Blum calls this area “the bulls-eye of America’s internet.”
Transportation: Every means to keep moving
On the roads and the rails
Fairfax County has a tremendous highway network to move people and goods to their destinations. And, thanks to public-private partnerships there are carpool and toll options on the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495), Interstate 95 and Interstate 66, and soon on Interstate 395 as well.
Fairfax County also is linked with a comprehensive regional transit system that connects our business centers to the entire Washington region. This system means our county’s businesses can draw from a pool of millions of workers.
Metro: The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates this interconnected rail and bus service. Fairfax County is served by 10 Metrorail stations on four lines. Phase 2 of the Metro’s Silver Line is under construction to Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County, and will add Fairfax County stations in Reston and Herndon too. Those stations are expected to open in 2021.
Fairfax Connector: The Fairfax Connector is the largest local bus system in Northern Virginia, linking our neighborhoods with important business centers throughout the region.
Virginia Railway Express: The VRE operates commuter rail lines from Manassas and Fredericksburg, to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Five stations are located in Fairfax County: Lorton and Franconia/Springfield on the Fredericksburg line, and Backlick Road, Rolling Road and Burke Centre on the Manassas line. All Fairfax County VRE stations have park-and-ride lots.
Relay autonomous shuttle: Fairfax County is a leader in all kinds of emerging technologies, and a great example is the Relay autonomous shuttle that runs from the Dunn Loring Metro Station to the Mosaic District in Merrifield. It’s the first publicly funded autonomous electric shuttle and test of driverless technology in public transportation in Virginia.
Capital Bikeshare: Capital Bikeshare is metro D.C.’s bikeshare service, with 4,500 bikes and more than 500 stations across seven jurisdictions, including dozens of stations in Tysons and Reston in Fairfax County. Designed for quick trips with convenience in mind, it’s a fun and affordable way to get around — and an excellent “last-mile solution” for many commuters.
In the air
Washington Dulles International Airport is a convenient gateway to the world for Fairfax County and the national capital region. Dulles serves more than 20 million passengers a year, including millions of international passengers, to and from destinations around the globe. Dozens of worldwide carriers operate at Dulles, and it is a hub for United Airlines.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is located minutes from Fairfax County and Washington, D.C. Reagan serves more than 20 million passengers a year with service to most American markets as well as Canada and the Caribbean.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located 38 miles (51.5 km) from Tysons, with service to dozens of domestic and international markets.
On the ground (besides roads and rails)
Trails provide one of the primary means for all to enjoy the many oases of green in Fairfax County, with 334 miles of walking and biking trails in the county park system alone. While trails are used for a variety of recreational purposes, they also provide connectivity as transportation corridors between homes, businesses, schools and parks.