The Authority Report

Authority Recap

November 11, 2022

We begin this Authority Recap with a heartfelt thank you to all the veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country. We celebrate you this Veterans Day and everyday!


On Thursday, November 10, 2022, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority convened once again to discuss regional transportation topics impacting Northern Virginia and beyond. 

NVTA staff continues to provide updates on the Transportation Technology Strategic Plan (TTSP) and implementation efforts going forward. The TTSP will be maintained as a living document, to reflect the continued evolution of transportation technologies, and to allow NVTA staff the flexibility to update and refine it, as necessary.

Credit: Paul Brennan, Pixabay

Since the adoption of the inaugural TTSP and Eight Strategies 18 months ago, NVTA staff has worked closely with the Transportation Technology Committee (TTC), comprised of public and private sector experts, to initiate multiple activities, such as the introduction of a technology-related section to NVTA's 2022 Legislative Program; updates to TransAction, Northern Virginia's long-range transportation plan; conducted research on emissions and emerging technologies, e.g. electric vehicle and automation/autonomy; creation of a webpage for TTSP and other transportation technology content; and more. 

The TTC met on July 6, 2022 to discuss the first year of TTSP implementation. During that meeting, the TTC voted to endorse an update to the Plan that would include expansion of two existing strategies and the addition of one new strategy, which the Authority unanimously approved last evening. 

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Did You Know?

As a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority is required to complete an annual audit of its financial activities for each fiscal year. The NVTA’s FY2022 Financial and Compliance Reports received an unmodified (clean) audit opinion. This opinion reflects that the Authority’s financial statements, in all material respects, fairly and accurately present the financial position of the Authority for FY2022.

The FY2022 Audit Reports will be available here.
Letters of Endorsement

As is customary with NVTA partnerships, requests for endorsement are received from regional agencies and jurisdictions embraced by the Authority. 

First, NVTA received an endorsement request from the City of Manassas Park for their Virginia Highway Safety Improvement Program (VHSIP) Application. VHSIP is administered through the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and is guided by VDOT’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan which has a goal to move toward zero deaths across the roadway network in Virginia. The City of Manassas Park is seeking VHSIP funding to implement numerous local systemic safety initiatives along the Manassas Drive corridor. The City has utilized a data driven, strategic approach to identifying specific systemic safety improvements. 

Rendering Credit: Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT)

Next, NVTA received an endorsement request from the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) for their application for funding under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program Application. CRISI Program funds are awarded to projects that improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail. A little over $1.4 billion in funding is available for award in FY2022.  

VPRA’s Franconia-Springfield Passenger Rail Bypass Project, one of the Transforming Rail in Virginia Program Projects, will design and construct an approximately 0.9-mile-long, dedicated passenger rail bridge located just south of the Franconia-Springfield station in Fairfax County. The bridge, which will cross over two CSX Transportation mainline freight tracks, will be owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and will allow for unimpeded crossing of passenger trains over freight tracks. Per the Transforming Rail in Virginia agreement with CSX Transportation, the completion of the project will also allow for increased passenger and commuter rail service in Virginia. The Authority approved $22.9 million in funding for this project in its FY2020-2025 funding program.

Both letters of endorsement were unanimously approved by the Authority.
Read More about the NVTA-Funded Franconia-Springfield Bypass Project
Legislative Update

Tracy Baynard, Senior Vice President, McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC, provided an update on revisions to the draft 2023 Legislative Priorities, including a draft one-pager of the four recommended (ongoing) priorities for the coming year. The priorities provide a framework for the Authority to review and comment on any legislation or budget action that impacts the Authority’s ability to advance regionally significant, congestion reducing, multimodal transportation projects in Northern Virginia. Included in the priorities is a continued focus on protecting and restoring regional funding and the effective use of technology in transportation solutions.

The four draft priorities include:
  1. Protect dedicated revenue sources and powers of the NVTA
  2. Restore annual long-term funding to the Authority to pre-2018 levels
    • $38.5 million in dedicated revenue still needs restored to the Authority.
  3. Protect Virginia's dedicated transportation funding
  4. Support the use of effective transportation technology
The 2023 Legislative Program is anticipated to be adopted by the Authority during the December 8th meeting. 
Update on TransAction
Planning for the Region's Transportation Future

During the November meeting cycle, NVTA staff will seek endorsement on the updated draft Plan and Project List by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Planning Coordination Advisory Committee (PCAC), and Planning and Programming Committee (PPC). The Authority is anticipated to adopt TransAction during the December 8, 2022 business meeting.
View the Updated Draft TransAction Plan and Project List

Interested in what else is happening at NVTA? Look no further!
Everything from Silver Line investments to ribbon-cuttings to transportation technology updates...We have you covered!
Check out Monica Backmon's monthly Chief Executive Officer's Report to the Authority.

Couldn't join us last night? The full archived live-stream can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

Click here to see the November 2022 Authority Meeting Agenda, topics discussed, and meeting materials.


Authority Meeting *
December 8, 2022, 7 p.m. | 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA
(Streaming live on NVTA's YouTube Channel)
Planning Coordination Advisory Committee Meeting
November 16, 2022, 5 p.m. | Virtual
(Streaming live on NVTA's YouTube Channel)

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
November 16, 2022, 7 p.m. | Virtual
(Streaming live on NVTA's YouTube Channel)

Planning and Programming Committee Meeting
November 21, 2022, 5 p.m. | 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA
(Streaming live on NVTA's YouTube Channel)

Governance and Personnel Committee Meeting
December 8, 2022, 5:30 p.m. | 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA
(Streaming live on NVTA's YouTube Channel)

Finance Committee Meeting
December 8, 2022, 6 p.m. | 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA
(Streaming live on NVTA's YouTube Channel)

Transportation Technology Committee Meeting
TBA | 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA
(Streaming live on NVTA's YouTube Channel)

*If technical difficulties arise during live-streams to NVTA's YouTube Channel, the meetings may be audio or video recorded. Any recordings will be made available on the Authority or Committee Meeting webpages.
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