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Air Quality Update: We Were Roasting!

We Were Roasting! Summer 2016 Breaking Heat Records but Not Pollution The summer of 2016 was the third hottest summer on record in the D.C. Metro area since record keeping began in 1871.  And according to the National Weather Service, the Washington region also experienced the second-hottest August on record with 23 days of 90-degree […]

15 Years Later

National Capital Region’s Transportation Preparedness Virginia Can’t Do it Alone Fifteen years have passed since terrorists hit the New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Governor McAuliffe issued a statement earlier this month declaring September “National Preparedness Month in Virginia” that encouraged “business owners, families and communities to make the preparations necessary in the event […]

Where We Are Growing Most

Recent government data shows that the D.C. metro area added 81,100 jobs for the year June 2014-June 2015, more than any other region in the Country.  Most of this job growth occurred in suburban Northern Virginia and Maryland not the region’s central core. This job trend reflects regional population growth over the past several decades […]

The Authority Chooses Wisely for the Most Part

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (the Authority) recently approved its FY 2017 Program that allocates nearly $500 million to 12 projects. The Authority, tasked with developing a regional transportation plan that makes improvements of regional significance, is required by law to invest regional transportation dollars in those “projects that are expected to provide the greatest […]

Important Missing Link Opens in Loudoun County

Today marks the opening of Loudoun County’s Gloucester Parkway extension from the Loudoun County Parkway to the intersection of Pacific Boulevard and Nokes Boulevard. The new parkway extension fills a void in the county’s local road network, provides an important east-west alternative connecting Ashburn and Route 28 and brings needed relief to Route 7 and […]

How Well Will They Invest?

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (the Authority) is tasked with developing a regional transportation plan that makes transportation improvements of regional significance. Insufficient regional funding exists to invest in every project submitted by area local governments.  Therefore, the Authority members must choose. Choosing regionally significant means investing in those “projects that are expected to provide […]

Transportation Planning Blinders

The National Capital Transportation Planning Board (TPB) Long Range Plan Task Force is charged with identifying currently unfunded transportation projects of great regional significance. The Task Force has produced a DRAFT MAP of the Regionally Significant Transportation Network of the National Capital Transportation Planning Board Map. To see the map click here. It’s a DRAFT, […]

Troubled Bridges Over The Potomac’s Waters

The 84-year old Arlington Memorial Bridge carries 68,000 vehicles per day. Absent immediate replacement of its deck and support structures, it will close to traffic in 2021. Area elected officials recently called a press conference to demand action. The 54-year old American Legion Bridge carries more than 240,000 vehicles daily.  Afternoon back-ups regularly extend to […]

I-66 Outside the Beltway: The Path Forward

Upgrading I-66 outside the Capital Beltway is a longstanding Alliance priority. The Alliance has supported upgrading of I-66 between the Capital Beltway and US 15 Haymarket for a long time and now it is moving forward. The first phase will be between the Beltway and University Blvd. in Gainesville and consist of three conventional lanes […]

Alliance Urges Authority to Exercise Responsible Stewardship With Regional Funds

In June 9th testimony before the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority on its draft FY 2017 Program to be funded by HB 2313 regional funds, the Alliance urged the Authority to “choose wisely.” “During the next 15 years the Authority will have stewardship over 3-4 billion regional dollars.  Its stewardship over this period will determine whether […]

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