Fairfax County

Mosaic District. Photo: Sonya Breehey

Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in Virginia and the Washington region with over 1.1 million people. To accommodate expected future growth, manage traffic, and provide vibrant communities, CSG promotes transit-oriented redevelopment of the County’s aging commercial corridors and vast parking lots as a better way to grow. Providing mixed income housing opportunities close to quality transit, and safer streets for walking and biking  is the most equitable and sustainable way for the county to grow and provide opportunities for all.

Our Work in Fairfax County, VA


Safe Streets for Bailey’s | Calles Seguras para Baileys

The Coalition for Smarter Growth and CASA are partnering on the Safe Streets for Bailey’s Crossroads campaign to engage and organize the local community in advocating and winning safer streets and improved access to walking, biking, and accessing transit and services. Learn More >>

Image credit: Sonya Breehey

ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan

Creating safe and connected ways to walk and bike in Fairfax County will take a strong vision and solid plan to overcome the disconnected and dangerous conditions we face today. That’s why the ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan is so important. Let’s make sure Fairfax County knows there is strong support for making active transportation a safe and viable option to get around our communities. Learn More >>>

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West Falls Church Transit-Oriented Development

Plans are underway in Fairfax County to transform acres of parking lots at the West Falls Church Metro Station into a mixed-use community with enhanced transit, inclusive housing opportunities, new bike/ped connections, open space and linear parks, and upgraded stormwater management. All this would complement and connect to the City of Falls Church’s new high school and mixed-use redevelopment already underway. Together these projects will create a new inclusive, vibrant, and livable neighborhood in West Falls Church. Learn More >>>

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Embark Richmond Highway

Embark Richmond Highway is a comprehensive plan amendment for the Richmond Highway corridor in Fairfax County calling for transit-oriented development around the planned Bus Rapid Transit stations and significant bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Redevelopment will offer opportunities for upgraded stormwater management and other environmental improvements too. But we need to get it right! CSG is working with partners in the corridor to address community concerns about displacement and pushing for needed safety improvements along this dangerous roadway. Learn more >>>

Image credit: Fairfax County Richmond Highway BRT website

Latest Happenings


Nightime picture of a bus leaving the Rosslyn Metro Station in NOVA, with a trail of red and orange lights..

ACTION ALERT: Demand climate action from your local elected officials

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Transportation is the #1 source of our regional greenhouse gas emissions, and we have just 8 years to slash those emissions. Yet, our local and state elected officials who sit on the regional Transportation Planning Board (TPB), are not taking the urgent – and feasible – steps necessary to reduce emissions from our region’s transportation system. They need to hear from you! 
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CSG in the News: ‘Every Day Is A Worry’: Immigrant Community Of Falls Church Call For Pedestrian Safety On Leesburg Pike

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“We really need to design this street to be safer for all users, not just the people driving,” said Breehey. “We hope to get some of these improvements, the near term ones, and then really start planning for the longer term.”
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CSG in the News: Culmore residents join the fight for safe streets

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The Virginia Department of Transportation has agreed to consider some improvements but is not moving fast enough, said Sonya Breehey, Northern Virginia advocacy manager for the Coalition for Smarter Growth.
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CSG in the News: Residents, advocacy groups rally for Route 7 safety upgrades

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“We are here to win badly needed safety improvements,” Coalition for Smarter Growth Northern Virginia advocacy manager Sonya Breehey said.
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RELEASE: Immigrant Activists Kick Off Pedestrian Safety Campaign at Bailey’s  Crossroads  

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“Many people living in the Culmore community of Bailey’s Crossroads walk, bike and take the bus to get around but are faced with high-speed traffic, missing sidewalks and a lack of safe crossing options that quickly turn deadly. Now is the time to provide safer streets in Culmore and save lives,” said Sonya Breehey, Northern Virginia Advocacy Manager of Coalition for Smarter Growth.
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