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A Reasonable Metro Remedy

Metro’s fiscal health has been poor for years. New sustainable funds and reforms can wait no longer. Legislation passed last month in Richmond relies heavily on Northern Virginia regional transportation dollars to meet Virginia’s $154 million per year portion. But making Metro more reliable should not be at the expense of making other parts of […]

Alliance Urges Transportation Commission To Choose Wisely On I-66 Toll Revenue Investment

Alliance Urges Transportation Commission To Choose Wisely on I-66 Toll Revenue Investment The I-66 Commuter Choices Investment Program directs the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) to ensure tolls collected from Inside the Capital Beltway drivers are used in a manner that helps move more people, reduce congestion, enhance transit, connectivity and options. Seventeen applications totaling […]

Dedicated Metro Funding Should Not Be at the Expense of Scarce Regional Funds

The General Assembly should be applauded for its commitment to meet the $154 million/year goal to provide Virginia’s share of the $500 million system’s capital needs requested by the WMATA General Manager. However lost in the celebratory headlines is the fact that the proposed funding bill requires the transfer of more than $100 million dollars per […]

I-66 Outside the Beltway Update: Construction of Long-Standing Alliance Priority to Begin in Earnest

I-66 Outside the Beltway Update Construction of Long-Standing Alliance Priority to Begin in Earnest The widening of I-66 Outside the Beltway is ramping up in April 2018. The Express Lanes are scheduled to open in late 2022 and between now and then users will see lots of changes in the corridor. To Keep on the […]

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Business Community Call on Governor Northam to Amend Metro Funding Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2018 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Business Community Call on Governor Northam to Amend Metro Funding Bill Northern Virginia, March 26, 2018 – The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and the Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition have partnered to express support for the identification of $154 million in ongoing, dedicated funding for […]

Virginia’s 2nd & 4th Largest Jurisdictions Connected Largely By Narrow Rural Roads

Virginia’s 2nd & 4th Largest Jurisdictions Connected Largely by Narrow Rural Roads The University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center’s latest data shows that Prince William County (455,000) is now Virginia’s second most populous jurisdiction and Loudoun County (396,000) its fourth. Since 2000 Loudoun County has added 226,000 residents and Prince William County 175,000 residents. (The District of Columbia […]

How Not to Fund Metro; Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

How Not to Fund Metro  Robbing Peter to Pay Paul New dedicated Metro funding is a must. Years ago, the Alliance was the first private sector organization to call for such funding.   And “new” dollars must be new.   Yet some propose using existing regional and state transportation dollars for all or part of this dedicated funding stream.   […]

Northern Virginia Business Transportation Coalition’s Performance-Based Solutions for Enhanced Regional Prosperity, Security and Quality of Life

Northern Virginia Business Transportation Coalition’s Performance-Based Solutions for Enhanced Regional Prosperity, Security and Quality of Life The Northern Virginia Business Transportation Coalition consists of private sector organizations representing most Northern Virginia businesses and private sector employees and is committed to creating a strong efficient regional transportation network to enhance regional prosperity, security and quality of […]

Wrong on the ICC; Wrong on a New Potomac Crossing

Wrong on the ICC Wrong on a New Potomac Crossing For decades Maryland local and state officials opposed the Intercounty Connector (ICC) and a new northern Potomac River crossing. Today, we learned that the ICC (30 million annual trips) is Maryland’s second most heavily used toll facility. And today we re-learned (for the zillionth time) that even a brief shutdown […]

Metro Update: Awarding Credit Where Due

For years, it’s been open season for criticizing Metro.  Metro has pledged to improve and it has in many areas including: Reliability On-Time Arrivals – Nearly 9 of 10 passenger trips were on-time in October 2017 versus only 7 of 10 one year ago. Maintenance – Offloading of trains due to railcar breakdowns reduced by 45%. New Cars – 452 new 7000-series cars […]

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