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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 […]

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 […]

Alliance Urges TPB to Have More Regional Focus

Alliance Supports Important Project Updates to Region’s Financially Constrained Long-Range Plan; Urges More Regional Significant Focus In October 19th testimony to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the Alliance endorsed the inclusion of the I-395 multi-modal Express Lanes, the revised I-66 inside and outside the Beltway multi-modal improvements, the new Route 28 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Did They Get it Right? VDOT Releases Project Scores and Rankings

Last week, VDOT released the results of the first round of projects ranked through the new Virginia HB2 process that is intended to take the politics out of transportation project selection. Under HB2, projects are rated on their ability to mitigate congestion, encourage economic development, and improve accessibility, safety, environmental quality and land use. A […]

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