The Authority Report

Authority Meeting Highlights

May 14, 2021

Last evening, the Authority reconvened virtually once again, beginning the meeting with the adoption of a resolution on finding the need to conduct the business meeting by electronic communication means during Governor Northam's declared State of Emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Authority business meeting began with a presentation from David F. Snyder, Vice Chair of the Authority, and Chair, Transportation Technology Committee; Keith Jasper, Principal, Transportation Planning & Programming, NVTA; and Mackenzie Love, Regional Transportation Planner, NVTA, who unveiled the NVTA Transportation Technology Strategic Plan's (TTSP) Eight Strategies and an Action Plan, proactively preparing how to use evolving technologies to address travel demand on infrastructure, with congestion reduction top of mind.

Recognizing no one can plan for continuously evolving technologies and infrastructure challenges alone, the Eight Strategies were identified and defined with the guidance of the NVTA Executive Director’s Transportation Technology Committee (TTC), comprised of local, regional and national thought-leaders representing a broad range of perspectives relevant to the development, implementation, operation, and impact of transportation technologies. 

After presentation completion, Authority discussion and feedback, and NVTA staff recommendation, the Authority unanimously adopted the inaugural NVTA Transportation Technology Strategic Plan’s (TTSP) Action Plan and Eight Strategies within, that focus on mobility, accessibility, and resilience, while embracing the core values of safety, equity and sustainability.

Since transportation technologies will continue to provide new opportunities and challenges related to the Authority’s vision for the Northern Virginia transportation system, the TTSP must evolve to remain current. Consequently, NVTA staff will provide regular updates on the TTSP, and needed changes. Additionally, over the next several months, the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on transportation technologies as part of the update to TransAction, Northern Virginia's long-range transportation plan.

Check out the press release for more details.

Proactively Planning for Innovation in Transportation Through Regional Collaboration

“The push by NVTA to leverage the power of technology is key. As an organization that is built for flexibility and innovation, these strategic goals set the foundation for how Northern Virginia will move.”

- Robert (Bob) A. Schneider, PhD, Executive Director, OmniRide, and member of the TTC

“The Greater Washington Partnership commends the leadership shown by Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to adopt the forward looking Transportation Technology Strategic Plan. We stand ready to work with the Authority and other key regional actors to deploy the recommendations to enable a more inclusive and growing region.”

-  Joe McAndrew, Vice President for Regional Mobility & Infrastructure, Greater Washington Partnership, and member of the TTC

In addition to the TTC, we thank the Planning and Programming Committee (PPC), Planning Coordination Advisory Committee (PCAC), and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which also provided valuable feedback and recommendations over the past several months on the development of the TTSP.

The PPC, PCAC and TAC will continue to be engaged in the update of TransAction and NVTA’s Six Year Program, in the coming months.

It is hard to believe it has been nearly a year since the adoption of NVTA's FY2020-2025 Six Year Program, the most oversubscribed to date! Here's a look back at the steps and collaboration it took to achieve this milestone, as we begin to look ahead to our next Six Year Program update to kick off later this year. 
Did You Know?

Monica Backmon provides an Executive Director's Report each month in the Authority Meeting packet that you can check out any time. It's packed with updates to keep you informed, including a project status summary and activities happening around the region.
Check out the latest report!

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

Click here to see the May 2021 Authority Meeting Agenda, topics discussed, and meeting materials.

Authority Meeting *
June 10, 2021, 7:00 p.m. | Location TBA
Governance and Personnel Committee
June 10, 2021, 5:30 p.m. | Location TBA

Finance Committee Meeting
June 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. | Location TBA
**May Meeting Cancelled**

Technical Advisory Committee
Next Meeting and Location TBA

Planning Coordination Advisory Committee
Next Meeting and Location TBA

Planning and Programming Committee
Next Meeting and Location TBA

Transportation Technology Committee
Next Meeting and Location TBA
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