The Authority Report

NVTA Update

January 2021

We hope the first edition of the 2021 NVTA Update finds you well. Welcome to the New Year...we made it!

Each January, we host our Annual Organizational Meeting just before our regularly scheduled Authority business meeting. On January 14th at 7 p.m., the public is invited to provide comment on what regional transportation focus areas they would like to see in 2021, and how to best tackle traffic congestion in the region. 

Pre-registration is required to provide live comment during the Organizational Meeting. Registration submissions, along with written comments, will be accepted through Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST. 

Pre-register to speak or provide written comment here.
Following public comment, the Authority will take action on organizational items, including voting on the Chair and Vice Chair for calendar year 2021. 

Image courtesy of Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA)
A lot has happened since our last NVTA Update. On December 3, 2020, the Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA) hosted its Post-Election Virtual Legislative Roundtable, which featured three Authority members: Phyllis Randall, Chair of the Authority and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; Jeff McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County; and Virginia Senator Jennifer Boysko. Legislative priorities and restoration of funding to NVTA were discussed by all three panelists.
The second Annual Northern Virginia Joint Transportation Meeting, co-hosted by the Authority, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (Virginia Department of Transportation [VDOT], Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation [DRPT], and Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment [OIPI]), the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Virginia Railway Expressway (VRE), occurred December 8, 2020. The event showcased Northern Virginia’s regional collaboration, transportation projects and initiatives. Presentation slides can be accessed, here.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, legislation was passed that allowed the joint meeting to be conducted virtually this year, broadcasting live on DRPT’s YouTube Channel. 96 viewers tuned in to watch. Authority member and Commonwealth Transportation Board member, Mary Hynes, moderated the event, Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Shannon Valentine, provided opening remarks, and DRPT Director, Jennifer Mitchell, was a featured panelist. NVTA Executive Director, Monica Backmon, presented on NVTA’s behalf. Watch the full Northern Virginia Joint Transportation Meeting, here.

On December 7, 2020, an Annual Legislative Briefing was hosted by NVTC and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), featuring legislative and transportation leaders from across Northern Virginia, including Katie Cristol, NVTC Chair, Arlington County Board Member, and member of the Authority, as well as the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Shannon Valentine, and U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Monica Backmon was a featured panelist who presented on NVTA’s legislative priorities, Six Year Funding Program and TransAction, and participated in a Q&A with viewers.        

Image courtesy Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

On December 10, 2020, the Greater Washington Partnership, with support from key regional stakeholders, released the Capital Region Rail Vision, which presents a 25-year strategy to remove key physical and operating barriers to provide residents a more coordinated, integrated, and competitive rail service. Two of the Vision's goals are to: enhance regional economic competitiveness and collaboration, and ensure inclusive growth, with an outcome to expand service to provide all-day service on all MARC and VRE lines, and demonstrate superior operational coordination across rail providers.

The Vision was developed with the input of key regional stakeholders, such as the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Stakeholder participants included, but were not limited to, Monica Backmon, NVTA Executive Director; Keith Jasper, Principal, Transportation Planning and Programming, NVTA; Jennifer Mitchell, Director, Virginia DRPT, and Authority member; Sharon Bulova, Vice-Chair of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority, and former Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Authority; and Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, City of Alexandria Vice Mayor and member of NVTA's Planning Coordination Advisory Committee (PCAC).

The Authority is investing in railway projects across the region, including the Franconia-Springfield Passenger Rail Bypass (nearly $23M), VRE Crystal City Station Improvements project (more than $20M), and Potomac Yard Metrorail Station (nearly $70M). The Authority's long-range transportation plan for Northern Virginia - TransAction - includes multiple rail projects broadly consistent with the Capital Region Rail Vision.
Did You Hear?

The Regional Elected Leaders Initiative and Regional Leadership Awards, hosted by the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, occurred virtually for the first time on December 2, 2020. The event reflected on the past year and looked ahead to 2021, while also honoring NOVA Regional Leadership Award winners, including Authority member and Virginia Delegate, Vivian Watts.

Clockwise from top left, Mark Rozell, Dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University; Virginia Delegate Vivian Watts; and Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine (photo courtesy of the Schar School)

NVTA in the News

Herndon embarks on project to reconfigure Sterling Road
Reston Now, December 2, 2020

Prince William officials approve study for expanded bus options along U.S. 1
INSIDE NOVA, December 5, 2020

Press release from the Arlington County Government
The Patch, December 7, 2020

Fairfax public hearing for Va. 28 bypass 'to be determined'
Prince William Times, December 8, 2020

Loudoun Supervisors outline 2021 General Assembly priorities
Loudoun Times-Mirror, December 9, 2020

Commuter rail report recommends integrating VRE, MARC under one brand
INSIDE NOVA, December 10, 2020

Arlington asks Richmond for authority to install speed cameras and lower speed limits
ARLnow, December 14, 2020

This regional plan tries to tackle climate change by 2030. Does it go far enough?
Greater Greater Washington, December 15, 2020

Tysons Partnership calls on Congress to support transit relief bill
Tysons Reporter, December 15, 2020

Griffith: One term limit is a crucial check on executive power
Roanoke Times, December 16, 2020

Old Lee Highway multimodal improvements project update
The Patch, December 17, 2020

After decade-long legal battle, White's Ferry closes
Loudoun Now, December 28, 2020
Authority Meeting *
January 14, 2021, 7:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel
**Annual Organizational Meeting and public comment begin at 7 p.m.**
Transportation Technology Committee
January 13, 2021, 8:30 a.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Governance and Personnel Committee
January 14, 2021, 5:30 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Finance Committee Meeting
January 21, 2021, 1:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Technical Advisory Committee
February 17, 2021, 7:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Planning Coordination Advisory Committee
February 24, 2021, 6:30 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Planning and Programming Committee
Next Meeting TBA | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Public Invited to Provide Input on I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit and TDM Recommendations
DRPT Public Hearing: January 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Public input on draft recommendations through February 1, 2021
Click here for more details.
Stay on top of the latest in transportation by signing up for our e-newsletters. NVTA Update will keep you in the loop on all the happenings at the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and the Driven by InNoVation e-newsletter will take a look at the latest transportation technology trends across the globe. 
Sign Up for NVTA Update E-Newsletter
Sign Up for Driven by InNoVation E-Newsletter
Follow Us! Follow Us!
Follow Us! Follow Us!
Visit Us! Visit Us!
Contact Us! Contact Us!
Forward Forward
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
By sharing or signing up to receive this newsletter/email blast you are helping us build Northern Virginia's most regionally focused, congestion reducing transportation agency.
Copyright © 2018  Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22031

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority · 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200 · Fairfax, VA 22031 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp