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Major Interstate Collapses from Fire; Closed Indefinitely

The impact of last week’s fire on Atlanta’s I-85, which resulted in the collapse of a portion of the roadway and the indefinite closure of this major interstate highway, will be felt in the crippling of daily commutes and throughout the economy of the southeast region for many months or longer. Imagine if this headline […]

Alliance Applauds Governor’s Metro Study Initiative

“Metro is such an essential asset” Governor Terry McAuliffe March 23, 2017 WTOP, Ask the Governor Many public officials these days talk about the importance of new Metro funding; few recognize that securing new funding first requires fundamental WMATA compact, management and labor reforms. Count Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe among the few and applaud his […]

Alliance Priority Update: Gov. McAuliffe Announces Partnership to Advance I-395 Upgrades

Earlier this week, Governor McAuliffe announced that Virginia had accepted a proposal from Transurban to extend the existing I-95 Express Lanes 8 miles north from Turkeycock Run near Edsall Road in Alexandria to the Washington, D.C. line. Conversion of I-395 HOV lanes is a longstanding Alliance priority. The Alliance applauds Governor Terry McAuliffe and VDOT […]

Funding the Right Transportation Projects in Virginia?

Funding the Right Transportation Projects in Virginia? Smart Scale Project Scores Released The Smart Scale results are in. Of 404 projects submitted with a total price tag of $8.5 billion, the Smart Scale scoring process identified 136 projects totaling $969 million as the “best” candidates for funding. View the CTB presentation on these scores and the list […]

Coalition of Business Organizations urge USDOT Secretary Chao to restore transit funds

A coalition of 17 business organizations sent a letter to US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao urging her to suspend the decision to withhold federal transit funds from VA, MD and DC to allow the two state legislatures to finish their work on the federally required legislation to establish a Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC).  The […]

Waste Less, Invest More

The latest INRIX Global Congestion Scorecard shows the average DC area driver wastes 61 hours sitting in congestion during peak period hours. That’s the average, meaning hundreds of thousands of motorists waste even more hours. And that’s just during rush hour. INRIX estimates that 61 hours translates into a cost of $1700 per driver or […]

Frederick Douglass: To Fix the Problem, Address the Cause

The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance today urged the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) to adopt a Long Range Plan that improves the regional transportation framework and reduces congestion. “During Black History month,” the Alliance said, it is “appropriate to remember and learn from the wisdom” of Frederick Douglass who said that solving a […]

Bye Bye 4000-Series Railcars

Great news for Metro riders! Starting today, Metro will begin retiring its least reliable rail cars, the 4000-series. Metro started retiring its oldest rail cars — the 1000 series — last year as new 7000- series cars began to arrive. Metro says that all 1000- and 4000-series rail cars will be retired by the end […]

Alliance: Major Reforms Necessary to Restore Metro to World-Class Status

In a letter to WMATA Board Chairman Jack Evans, the Alliance praised the work of Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld through SafeTrack and other measures to improve safety and reliability, but emphasized that restoring Metrorail to a world-class system “cannot occur without fundamental Compact, management, and labor reforms.” The Alliance noted that many […]

NVT Alliance, Dulles Corridor Rail Association Merger Brings Greater Focus on Restoration of a World-Class Metrorail System

Founded in 1998, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association (DCRA) served as the leading advocate for advancement of Metrorail’s Silver Line.  With Silver Line construction nearing completion, DCRA’s goal has been realized. But ongoing advocacy is necessary to make the Silver Line (and Metro) a success. Dulles Corridor rail, transit-oriented development and Metro’s long-term sustainability and […]

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