All Posts in ‘Traffic Congestion’

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

And the Public Says — “Make Congestion Reduction Region’s #1 Focus”

When asked* — “Which of the following is the number one transportation priority our region needs to address?” Twice as many people (47%) say “reduce congestion and delay” than any other answer (Maintenance 24%),  more travel options (17%)or safety (8%). To see the entire Greater Washington Regional Survey results click here. Given that our region […]

Survey Finds Consensus, Not Controversy, on Regionally Significant Projects

To listen to most media reports and discussions among elected officials, transportation projects such as new Potomac River Bridges, I-66, Capital Beltway and other regionally significant improvements are “highly controversial in the minds of the public” and face “stiff citizen opposition.” But when the public as a whole is actually asked about these projects one […]

Arlington Memorial Bridge Deterioration Symbolic of Long Term Federal Funding Neglect

Built in 1932 to tie the region and the nation’s history closer together, the Arlington Memorial Bridge’s deterioration is testimony to the price the region and nation are paying for decades of inadequate federal investment in the maintenance and improvement of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Replacement of the center draw span, bridge deck, piers and other […]

Regional Framework vs. Local Fabric

In November 18th testimony, the Alliance congratulated the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Transportation Planning Board (TPB) on 50 years of contributions to regional mobility and urged them to return their focus to the founding purpose….planning our region’s transportation framework. The Alliance reminded the TPB that “Significant initial focus was on the region’s transportation framework […]

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