All Posts in ‘Prioritization’

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 […]

Have politics really been taken out of transportation? CTB Adopts HB2 Guidelines

At their June meeting, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved the State’s new transportation prioritization program, known as HB 2. Despite the General Assembly directive that congestion reduction should be the primary consideration for Northern Virginia, the CTB assigned congestion reduction only 45 points out of 100 for Northern Virginia projects. While this is an […]

It’s the Weight that Matters Most

As originally drafted, the intent of legislation (HB 2) creating Virginia’s the new transportation prioritization program was to focus more state resources on reducing Northern Virginia’s traffic congestion. However, as ultimately adopted, HB 2 expanded the project selection criteria to include accessibility, safety, environmental quality, and land use. The more criteria that must be considered, […]

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 […]

HB 2: Keep It Simple

In October 16th testimony, the Alliance urged the Commonwealth Transportation Board and Virginia Department of Transportation to focus predominantly on congestion reduction and economic development when rating projects in the General Assembly-mandated transportation project prioritization process known as HB 2. The Alliance noted that “HB 2 started off based on measuring value in terms of […]

It’s Time to Re-Evaluate the CLRP

In October 15th testimony, the Alliance urged the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Transportation Planning Board (TPB) to re-evaluate the contents of the region’s fiscally Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) from a regional perspective rather than just continuing to “update”  the same old CLRP decade after decade. More specifically the Alliance recommended the entire CLRP […]

Time to Re-Define “Regionally Significant”

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is seeking public input on its draft 2014 fiscally Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP). Click here to review the full draft CLRP and leave your comments. A recent TPB newsletter claims the plan contains, “More than 300 regionally significant improvements to the Washington region’s highway and transit […]

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 […]