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The day when the Washington area consisted of the District of Columbia and a collection of small suburban enclaves is long past. Today our metropolitan region is home to nearly 6 million residents, nearly 45% of whom live in Northern Virginia. Only about 12% live in the District of Columbia.
Posted on June 1, 2018 in: 2018 General Assembly • Alliance Position • Northern Virginia Transportation Authority • Prioritization • Transportation Funding
The Virginia General Assembly’s*recent diversion of more than $100 million per year in regional and local funds to Metro makes it more important than ever for the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to choose wisely in selecting highway and transit investments for its FY 2018-23 Six Year Program (SYIP).
In May 10th testimony before the Authority, the Alliance stated, “Fewer regional funds mean that the Authority must be more selective and, therefore, must assign an even greater weight to congestion reduction and travel time saving factors.”
“Important as bike trails, sidewalks, local bus service and similar projects are to individual communities, too many projects submitted by local governments simply move too few people,” the Alliance testified. These are clearly local responsibilities that should not be consuming scarce regional funds.
Most of the Alliance-endorsed projects are currently recommended for SYIP funding or being funded by other sources. They include:
Also included on the list of recommended projects is another longstanding Alliance priority – US Rt 1/Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit, Phases I & II.
To read the entire Alliance statement, click here.
The Authority is scheduled to vote to adopt its Six-Year Plan on June 14th.
*Note: Most Northern Virginia legislators voted for/favored an approach that would be less dependent upon existing regional/local funds.
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