The Authority Report

NVTA Update

November 2020

As daylight hours become shorter and the nights turn cooler, we're pleased to bring you the November 2020 Edition of NVTA Update!

Innovation in Transportation

This past month demonstrated the future of transportation is here. Passengers can now get a first-of-its-kind, free zero-emissions electric autonomous shuttle ride from the Fairfax County Mosaic District to the Dunn Loring Metrorail station...and we were there to join in the official launch celebration October 22nd!

The event, hosted by Fairfax County and Dominion Energy, included featured speakers Jeffrey McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and member, NVTA, and Cathy McGhee, Director of Transportation Research and Innovation, Office of the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, who has previously spoken at NVTA's Annual Northern Virginia Transportation Roundtable. The recently launched shuttle service was the first testing of driverless public transportation in the D.C. region, and also the first state-funded autonomous transportation project in Virginia.   

The Regional Multi-Modal Mobility Program (RM3P), a collaborative initiative to improve mobility, accessibility, and safety for those traveling in Virginia, continues to progress through the development stages. RM3P is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Office of the Secretary of Transportation, NVTA and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).

We have been working with stakeholders across the Washington, D.C. region to capture expert insights and needs as the program is being developed. Most recently, a RM3P Stakeholder Summit was held, with more than 110 attending, and representing federal, state and local governments; regional agencies and organizations; associations; transportation organizations; academia; military; public safety; and the private sector. Collaboration is a hallmark of NVTA’s approach to transportation planning, and we are extremely grateful for being a part of this important collaborative program. 
Project Spotlight

On October 19, 2020, the City of Alexandria, DRPT and DASH Bus celebrated the unveiling of the first-ever 100% zero-emission electric buses. The City of Alexandria already has many hybrid buses in its fleet and plans to eventually transition its bus fleet to all-electric. NVTA has an $11.9 million investment on DASH Bus Service Enhancements that will install infrastructures for electric buses, to support a complete fleet of electric/Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) buses for DASH. Featured speakers included Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, the Commonwealth's Secretary of Transportation, Shannon Valentine, and Alexandria Mayor and Authority member, Justin Wilson

"We appreciate the support of NVTA, our regional partner, in making this come to fruition - not only these buses - but the buses that will come in the future.”
-  Justin Wilson, Mayor, City of Alexandria, and Member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
Zero-Emission Electric DASH Buses Unveiled in Alexandria, VA

Over the past few weeks, our Technical Advisory Committee (TAC); Planning Coordination Advisory Committee (PCAC); and Planning and Programming Committee (PPC), received updates on development of Northern Virginia's long-range transportation plan -- TransAction -- Vision and Goals, as we're in the midst of the TransAction Update, which occurs every five years.

The proposed vision recommendation was unanimously approved by the PPC to be presented before the full Authority. Vision and Goals will be incorporated into the TransAction Analysis, and both approaches will incorporate public engagement and stakeholder inputs. To view all three Committee Meetings, please visit our YouTube Channel for video archives.

On October 23rd, Keith Jasper, NVTA Principal, Planning & Programming, and David Roden, Senior Consulting Manager, AECOM, presented an overview of NVTA’s analysis on the transportation impacts of COVID-19 during the annual Regional Elected Leaders Initiative, held virtually this year. Following the presentation, Mr. Jasper and Mr. Roden participated in a panel discussion moderated by former Authority member, Jay Fisette. One of the key points highlighted was the differential rate of recovery of traffic levels versus transit ridership. Mr. Jasper emphasized the need for regional collaboration to address perceptions of transit safety during the pandemic. The event was organized by Mary Hynes, Authority and Commonwealth Transportation Board member.

NVTA Executive Director, Monica Backmon, will be joining other transportation leaders in the region next week at the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance's 16th Annual "What You Need to Know about Transportation" virtual event. Be sure to sign up for the November 10th event to tune into a conversation about the latest in transportation and COVID's impacts on the D.C. region's transportation network.

NVTA in the News

Letter to the Editor: Defer action on Route 28 project due to flawed process
Potomac Local, October 8, 2020

Transportation authority approves Route 28 bypass agreement
INSIDE NOVA, October 9, 2020

Loudoun planners urge planners to study speed, entire corridor before finalizing Evergreen Mills realignment project
Loudoun Times-Mirror, October 12, 2020

OmniRide cutting services; ridership continues to decline
INSIDE NOVA, October 10, 2020

Governor Northam unveils first-ever zero-emission electric DASH buses in Alexandria
ALX Now, October 19, 2020

Alexandria gets new electric buses - A first for Northern Virginia transit
DCist, October 19, 2020

Governor Northam unveils two new zero emission buses to Alexandria's fleet
WDVM-TV, October 19, 2020

Coates Ellis says Manassas residents need lower tax rates, Route 28 bypass
Potomac Local, October 27, 2020

County needs more funding for planned commuter garage in Woodbridge
Prince William Times, October 27, 2020

VRE approves new $23 million parking garage as ridership down 93%
Potomac Local, October 28, 2020
Authority Meeting *
November 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel
Governance and Personnel Committee
November 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Planning Coordination Advisory Committee
November 18, 2020, 6:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Technical Advisory Committee
November 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Finance Committee Meeting
November 19, 2020, 1:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

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

Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Station Design Virtual Meeting
(NVTA-funded Project)
November 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for additional details.

Virtual Design Public Hearing:
Boundary Channel Drive at I-395 Interchange Improvements

(NVTA-funded Project)
November 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Click here for additional details.

Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Station Design Virtual Meeting (Español)
(NVTA-funded Project)
November 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for additional details.

Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance's
16th Annual What You Need to Know About Transportation

November 10, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Click here for additional details.

2020 Capital Region Transportation Forum
November 18, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Click here for additional details.

Virtual Design Public Hearing:
Army Navy Drive Complete Streets (also known as Pentagon City Multimodal Connections)

(NVTA-funded Project)
November 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Click here for additional details.

Governor's Transportation Conference - Save the Date
Innovation Summit

December 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Details to be announced.

Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Branding Virtual Meeting
(NVTA-funded Project)
December 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for additional details.

Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Branding Virtual Meeting (Español)
(NVTA-funded Project)
December 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for additional details.
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