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.
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
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
, December 2, 2020
Prince William officials approve study for expanded bus options along U.S. 1
, December 5, 2020
Press release from the Arlington County Government
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
December 9, 2020
Commuter rail report recommends integrating VRE, MARC under one brand
, 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
, December 15, 2020
Griffith: One term limit is a crucial check on executive power
, December 16, 2020
Old Lee Highway multimodal improvements project update
, December 17, 2020
After decade-long legal battle, White's Ferry closes
, December 28, 2020
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS AT NVTA
* 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
|ADDITIONAL UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
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.
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