NVTA Adopts $466M Transportation Funding Program

Hundreds of attendees from across the region discussed the candidate projects, viewed project maps, spoke with transportation experts and offered valuable input on the proposed projects.

📅   Thu August 25, 2016 - Northeast Edition #17
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These projects will continue the Authority's investments in transportation projects that reduce congestion and increase multimodal transportation options for Northern Virginians.
These projects will continue the Authority's investments in transportation projects that reduce congestion and increase multimodal transportation options for Northern Virginians.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) by unanimous consent adopted its FY2017 Program consisting of 12 regionally significant transportation investments, totaling more than $466 million. The adoption follows an extensive public comment period including a Public Hearing and six Town Hall meetings held throughout Northern Virginia beginning on May 13, 2016.

Hundreds of attendees from across the region discussed the candidate projects, viewed project maps, spoke with transportation experts and offered valuable input on the proposed projects. Representative of the public involvement, 346 individual comments were received on the list of 24 candidate projects.

Martin E. Nohe, NVTA chairman and Prince William County supervisor (Coles District), said of the FY2017 Program, “As the Authority continues to deliver real transportation solutions to Northern Virginia, we value the feedback received from citizens, elected officials and organizations alike. The project list adopted tonight reflects a significant investment in regional transportation that will reduce congestion and ensure Northern Virginia's taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. Included in the FY2017 Program are the I-66/Route 28 Interchange, Potomac Yards Metrorail Station, Route 1 in Prince William County, Route 28 in Fairfax and Prince William Counties and Metrorail Blue Line Traction Power Upgrades. These projects will continue the Authority's investments in transportation projects that reduce congestion and increase multimodal transportation options for Northern Virginians.”

The NVTA is the transportation planning, programming and funding organization in Northern Virginia. The Authority is responsible for developing and updating the region's long-range transportation plan and works collaboratively to make funding determinations based on the provisions of law.

To date, the Authority has adopted 79 projects totaling more than $990 million. It also has distributed more than $256.7 million, as of June 2016, to member jurisdictions for local transportation projects of their choice, within the parameters set by HB 2313.

Looking ahead, the Authority is in the process of updating the region's long-range transportation plan, TransAction. The update will be completed in the fall of 2017. The list of projects includes the following:

Arlington

• Lee Highway Corridor Intelligent Transportation System Enhancements: $3,000,000

• Crystal City Streets: 12th Street Transitway, Clark/Bell Realignment & Intersection Improvements: $11,600,000

Fairfax

• I-66/Route 28 Interchange Improvements: $300,000,000

• Route 7 Widening: Colvin Forest Drive to Jarrett Valley Drive: $10,000,000

• Route 28 Widening: Prince William County Line to Route 29: $5,000,000

• Route 286 Fairfax County Parkway Widening: Route 123 to Route 29: $10,000,000

Prince William

• Route 1 Widening: Featherstone Road to Marys Way: $11,000,000

• Route 28 Widening: Route 234 Bypass to Linton Hall Road: $10,000,000

Alexandria

• Potomac Yard Metrorail Station: $ 66,000,000

Leesburg

• Route 7 (East Market Street)/Battlefield Parkway Interchange: $20,000,000

VRE

• Manassas Park Station Parking Expansion: $2,000,000

WMATA

• Blue Line Traction Power Upgrades: $17,443,951

For more information visit www.thenovaauthority.org.

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