All Posts in ‘Potomac River Crossing’

Regionally Significant Long-Range Planning?

Can The Nation’s Most Congested Region Create a Regionally Significant Long-Range Plan? As the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for the Washington, DC region, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is tasked with coordinating regional transportation plans and creating a regional “vision.” Despite this designation it has been decades since the TPB has produced […]

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 […]

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 […]

One Small Box on a Bridge, 15 Miles of Congestion/Delay for Area Mankind

On April 21st officials investigated a suspicious-looking box on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The investigation took about 3 hours. The back-up extended about 8 miles in Virginia; 7 miles in Maryland. The incident again underscores the fragile nature of the region’s transportation network, particularly the lack of redundancy in Potomac River Bridges. It also underscores […]

Top Alliance Priority Takes a Critical Step Forward…. Region to Talk River Crossings

The Alliance has worked tirelessly to advance discussions and rally citizen and business community support for a new Potomac River crossing west of the American Legion Bridge (ALB) and other Potomac River crossing improvements. The Commonwealth Transportation Board’s (CTB) action yesterday to direct the Virginia Secretary of Transportation to begin immediate discussions with Maryland and […]

Governor McAuliffe Underscores Urgent Need for Additional Potomac River Crossing Capacity

“I’m always concerned that if anything were to happen to that [American Legion] bridge…it is the main point to travel between Maryland and Virginia and … I’ve asked my Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne to meet with the Maryland folks.  I’m ready to begin really constructive talks on what can we do about the capacity over the […]

NIMBY Madness Leads to More Congestion

Arlington County’s 2009 lawsuit to stop the I-95/I-395 HOT Lanes project was just one in a long list of Northern Virginia locality actions that have delayed, downsized or defeated and run-up the cost of badly needed transportation improvements. It’s not by accident area residents lose more time and money stuck in congestion than just about […]

VDOT Potomac River Bridges Study Taking the Easy Way Out?

Yesterday VDOT released the results of a multi-year study of current and future travel demand on the eleven Potomac River crossings from Point of Rocks Bridge to the Route 301 Nice Bridge. The study showed what has long been known i.e. that our region’s Potomac River crossings are congested and the American Legion Bridge (ALB) […]

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