All Posts in ‘Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’

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 […]

Coalition of Business Organizations Endorses Short List of Key Transportation Priorities

The Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition has announced the adoption of a resolution signed by twenty major business and industry organizations that urges regional transportation investments be based on five criteria and identifies nine projects it believes represent the investments of greatest regional benefit. “The fact that our region has the nation’s worst traffic congestion and […]

Getting There, but Still Not Prime-Time “Ready”

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority has revised its scoring system to evaluate highway and transit projects the Authority will vote to fund this spring. “Congestion relief” is now awarded 45 points (out of 100) and project “readiness” is reduced from 25 points to 15 points. Other changes to the scoring system include increasing “improved bike/ped” […]

Fixing I-66 Outside the Beltway. Is There a Greater Regional Transportation Need?

At the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s November meeting some members questioned whether any regional transportation funds should be invested in I-66 outside the Beltway, despite key critical interchanges such as I-66 at Rt. 28 currently being in the Authority’s long-range regional transportation plan. Seriously? I-66 is Northern Virginia’s Main Street, providing critical connections between nearly […]

Important Route 28 Progress!

Ground was broken last week to kick-off upgrades to Route 28 through Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William Counties and the City of Manassas consisting of: In Prince William Rt. 28 widening from Linton Hall Road to Fitzwater Drive Widening from Route 234 Bypass to Linton Hall Road In Loudoun Rt. 28 South widening from Sterling […]

The 35% Solution

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s primary charge is to develop a regional transportation plan “that reduces congestion to the greatest extent practical.” Yet the Authority’s project selection criteria awards only 35 points out of a possible 100 to congestion reduction. In other words, two-thirds of all points in the Authority’s project scoring system are awarded […]

Spend More vs. Save More

Some believe it’s important to save as much money as possible for really important things in life such as a home, their kids’ education and retirement. Others spend money as fast as it comes in figuring money for such things will materialize somehow. (It generally does not.) A similar dichotomy of thinking and acting is […]

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