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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 […]

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 […]

Alliance Endorses Some HB 2 Recommendations and Proposes Improvements

In recent testimony before the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) the Alliance endorsed several projects in the first round of HB 2 projects while recommending changes to transform Six-Year Improvement Program into one more focused on investments of greatest long-term benefit. The Alliance endorsed the selection of I-66, I-64 and the I-95 Rappahannock Bridge crossing as […]

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 […]

Last Call on Transportation Dollars

Under Virginia’s transportation funding allocation structure, funds for highway construction are those that exist after all other obligations are met (debt service, maintenance, rail & public transportation, administration, transfers other agencies, and the port and airport trust funds). And with changes made during the recent General Assembly session diverting more money to maintenance for state […]

Maintenance Drain Remains

State law says that transportation maintenance needs must be funded first. And from 1986 when the Highway Maintenance and Operations Fund (HMOF) was created until 2002, the HMOF contained enough money to cover maintenance needs. However, in 2002 Virginia’s repeated failure to provide new transportation revenue created a HMOF shortfall that was covered by transferring […]

WMATA Urges TPB to Provide Regional Funding Leadership

On October 21, 1998 the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) adopted an “action agenda’ as part of its Vision program that pledged, “By the year 2000 to adopt and ensure the implementation of a new Constrained Long Range Plan through the year 2020 to include an enhanced transportation funding mechanism or mechanisms for […]

How Our Region Invests Its Transportation Dollars

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is seeking public comment on its draft $244 billion FY 2014-2040 fiscally Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP). The following chart shows how revenues have been distributed among modes in CLRP’s since FY 2000:   CLRP YEAR   PUBLIC TRANSIT HIGHWAYS 2000 50%        50% 2003 […]

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