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NVTA Update

April 2021

As the cherry blossoms come into bloom and the days become longer, we bring you the April edition of NVTA Update. There is a lot to cover this month, so let's jump in! 

During a March 24th virtual meeting, the Transportation Technology Committee (TTC), comprised of experts from the public and private sectors - including three Authority members; Authority Vice Chairman and TTC Chairman David Snyder, Council Member, City of Falls Church; TTC Vice Chair, Jeanette Rishell, Mayor, City of Manassas Park; and Jim Kolb, Gubernatorial Appointee - discussed ongoing development of the Transportation Technology Strategic Plan (TTSP). The TTSP will be a first-of-a-kind initiative to take such a comprehensive and multimodal position on how transportation technology can be leveraged to support the NVTA’s vision for the NoVA transportation network in the coming years.

The TTC also discussed the TTSP Action Plan, which recommends tangible steps that can be taken to bring the strategic vision of the TTSP to reality. Additionally, the Action Plan identifies stakeholders and entities responsible for initiating an action, as well as trigger points and timeframes for completion.
Once the TTSP and Action Plan have been updated based on NVTA Committee feedback throughout March, the latest drafts will once again be shared with the NVTA Committees during the April meeting cycle. After all feedback is integrated, the TTSP and Action Plan, along with a specific set of recommendations, will be presented to the Authority for approval in May.

Couldn't tune in live? Check out the archived video.
In Case You Missed It
Highlights from the 6th Annual Northern Virginia Transportation Roundtable, complete with video and key takeaways, are now available.
Stay in the know! 

Last month, the Authority awarded the TransAction (NoVA's long-range transportation plan) and Six Year Program Update contract, to Cambridge Systematics, who have hit the ground running. A high priority is to confirm and implement a model development strategy in readiness for evaluating candidate multimodal transportation projects for the upcoming FY2022-2027 Six Year Program. NVTA staff continues to work with member jurisdictions and other local/regional partners, to identify updates to the draft TransAction Project List. Public engagement activities, commencing later this spring, will be conducted in a virtual format until it is considered safe to hold in-person meetings.
Rail Transformation

On March 25th, the Greater Washington Partnership released the final elements of the Capital Region Rail Vision that will help the region coordinate the delivery of a transformed regional rail network over the next quarter of a century. NVTA was involved in the development of this transformative vision. The Capital Region Rail Vision, complete with a fact sheet, technical report, economic brief, equity analysis, and more, is now available.

Just days later, on March 30th, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, announced agreements have been reached with Amtrak, CSX, and Virginia Railway Express to advance construction of a new Long Bridge and transform passenger, commuter, and freight rail in Virginia. Rail is essential in keeping the region moving, which is why the Authority is funding 12 Northern Virginia rail projects, totaling $200M+ in allocated regional revenues.
NVTA Executive Director Around Town

As Women's History Month came to a close in March, NVTA Executive Director, Monica Backmon, was featured in Prince William County Potomac District Supervisor Andrea Bailey's "Phenomenal Women" video series. Find out who has inspired Monica over the years. 

On March 10th, Ms. Backmon participated in Prince William County’s virtual Chamber of Commerce Event, where she presented on the economic impacts of the Authority’s investments and focused on projects the Authority is funding in Prince William County, City of Manassas and City of Manassas Park.
Additionally, Ms. Backmon was invited to speak at OmniRide’s Mentorship Class (M4), held on March 26th. The event’s focus was “Transportation Spotlight”, during which she shared her background, career path, and transition from Prince William County Department of Transportation to becoming Executive Director of NVTA. Ms. Backmon also discussed mentors who have made a difference in her life, work-life balance, and her perspectives on the transportation industry and its future during the pandemic.
Visual Storytelling National Recognition

NVTA recently received an Honorable Mention for Ragan Communications and PR Daily's Video, Visual & Virtual Awards "Visual Storytelling" category in recognition of our 2019 Annual Report and Highlights Video.

The report also came as a pocket map, featuring highlights from 2019 and a map of all NVTA regionally-funded projects through the four funding programs at that time. NVTA is in great company with other organizations receiving Honorable Mentions, including Microsoft and ESPN.

We are so thankful for our Authority members and jurisdictional staff, regional partners and Northern Virginians, for their continued support and regional collaboration.

NVTA in the News

Study suggests undergrounding utilities in Vienna could be pricey challenge
INSIDE NOVA, March 10, 2021

Proposed pedestrian bridge from Crystal City to DCA set for next stage
ARLnow, March 15, 2021

County Board to consider changes to busy Lyon Park Intersection
ARLnow, March 16, 2021

County, Dumfries working together on Route 1 widening project
What's Up Prince William, March 17, 2021

Mekarski proposes $19M FY22 Purcellville budget with utility rate hikes
Loudoun Now, March 18, 2021

County, Dumfries working together on Route 1 widening project
The Patch, March 18, 2021

Vienna to pony up more on sidewalk project
INSIDE NOVA, March 26, 2021

Vienna Town Council approves funds for sidewalk projects
Tysons Reporter, March 29, 2021

Guest Blog: Jason Stanford: $3.7B rail agreement
Loudoun Chamber Blog, March 31, 2021

Guest Opinion: Sen. Scott Surovell: 'The Rose' could be a game changer for Dumfries
Prince William Times, April 2, 2021

VDOT Public Meeting on Town Center Parkway extension coming this week
Reston Now, April 5, 2021
Authority Meeting *
April 8, 2021, 7:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel
Governance and Personnel Committee
April 8, 2021, 5:30 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Transportation Technology Committee
April 21, 2021, 8:30 a.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Technical Advisory Committee
April 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Planning Coordination Advisory Committee
April 28, 2021, 6:30 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Planning and Programming Committee
May 3, 2021, 5:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Finance Committee Meeting
May 20, 2021, 1:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel
**No Finance Committee Meeting in April 2021**

Town Center Parkway Study Virtual Meeting 
(Hosted by VDOT)

April 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for more details.

Assessing Interchange Improvements at I-95 and Route 123 and Two Intersections in Prince William County
VDOT accepting feedback through April 19, 2021
Click here for more details.

Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group 
April 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for more details.

Dulles West Blvd. - Northstar Blvd. to Arcola Blvd. (Loudoun County) 
Public Information Meeting

April 29, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Click here for more details.

Shape the Future of Active Transportation in Fairfax County
FCDOT accepting feedback through May 1, 2021
Click here for more details.
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