All Posts in ‘Traffic Congestion’

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 […]

The Congestion Caucus

The following is excerpted from an op-ed piece in today’s Washington Post by Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and a former chairman of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission.  In the article, Mr Atkinson defines the two sides of the infrastructure debate as the “congestion caucus” and the “liberty […]

We’re #1 … Again

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Inrix issued their 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, the annual report on traffic congestion around the nation. Is anyone surprised as to who once again ranks #1 for the nation’s worst congestion?

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 […]

I-66 Inside the Beltway; Key Questions Remain

Last week members of the General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability questioned Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne on the McAuliffe administration’s rush hour I-66 Inside the Beltway tolling and transit proposal. The Secretary’s answers to key questions and continuing legislative/Alliance concerns include: What is being done to address the severe congestion that occurs on I-66 […]

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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