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Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition Urges General Assembly to Reinvest in Regional Transportation Network

With the recent start of the 2020 Virginia General Assembly Session, the Northern Virginia Transportation Business Coalition – a partnership consisting of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance and other regional business organizations representing the vast majority of Northern Virginia’s private sector businesses and employees – has issued a position paper calling on Virginia legislators to […]

Alliance Wraps-up 15th Annual What You Need to Know about Transportation Breakfast & Seminar

Last week’s 15th Annual What You Need to Know about Transportation (in Five Minutes or Less) Breakfast and Seminar was a tremendous success. Our Seminar this year was kicked off by the Alliance’s Board Chair, Evan Pritchard. In his speech, Mr. Pritchard emphasized the need for our region to continue prioritizing transportation infrastructure investments and not lose […]

Alliance Comments on Loudoun County’s Draft 2040 Countywide Transportation Plan

Alliance Comments on Loudoun County’s Draft 2040 Countywide Transportation Plan Last night the Alliance joined nearly 100 different organizations and individuals in commenting on Loudoun County’s draft 2040 Countywide Transportation Plan. The Alliance’s comments focused on three key priorities: 1.) Applauding Loudoun County’s leadership identifying two potential corridors for a New Potomac River Crossing, which […]

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Six-Year Program Choosing Wisely Now, More Important than Ever

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Six-Year Program Choosing Wisely Now, More Important than Ever 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 […]

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.   […]

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 […]

Air Quality Keeps Getting Better and Better

Air Quality Keeps Getting Better and Better Despite one of the warmest summers on record, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality reports that Virginia had “the cleanest ground level ozone season” in at least 20 years and that it will seek a new federal Environmental Protection Agency designation for Northern Virginia. Air quality pollutants have shown […]

“DC rents (young) people; they don’t own them.”

“DC rents (young) people; they don’t own them.” William Frey Brookings Institution Demographer   According to a September 14, 2017 article in the Washington Post entitled, “While most cities’ incomes rise, D.C. sees a possible end to the boom years”, “Frey’s theory is that the poor job market following the 2009 recession caused young people to […]

13th Annual What You Need to Know about Transportation Program and Breakfast

It’s a Wrap! If you missed the 13th Annual What You Need to Know About Transportation – the Alliance’s signature event – on October 3rd, we’re sorry because you missed an outstanding lineup of speakers addressing a broad array of transportation topics in the usual rapid fire format. The theme for this year was “Regional […]

What District Officials and Most Montgomery County Residents Understand That Montgomery County Elected Officials Apparently Don’t

“City officials say the (new Frederick Douglass Bridge) project will spur economic development on both sides of the river.” Washington Post August 11, 2017 Surveys show that Montgomery County residents overwhelming support a new Northern Potomac River crossing because (among other reasons) they (and just about everyone else) know that just as a new Frederick Douglass Bridge will spur economic […]

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