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Highlights of the February Authority Meeting
 
TransAction Update: Tracking Survey Presentation
The NVTA staff and consultant presented the findings of the Tracking Survey of Northern Virginians’ transportation perspectives, conducted in December 2016.  The findings highlight some notable trends in comparison to the Benchmark Survey that was conducted in October 2015.  Among these is a significant increase in the number of people who are now aware of TransAction, NVTA’s long range transportation plan for Northern Virginia.  TransAction, which will guide NVTA’s future multi-modal transportation investments, is currently undergoing a major update.  Stay tuned for more public comment opportunities this spring.

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10am, the NVTA will hold a media event to announce the findings of the TransAction Tracking Survey.  The survey results and presentation will be released at that time.

Multi-Sector Working Group Update
The Authority received a presentation from Mr. Kanti Srikanth, Director of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s Department of Transportation Planning, on the Multi-Sector Working Group’s (MSWG) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies.  Mr. Srikanth outlined the MSWG’s voluntary greenhouse gas emission reducing strategies in the Energy, Built Environment, Land Use, and Transportation sectors, noting that the COG Board had endorsed these strategies at their January meeting.
Click here to see full presentation and COG Board Resolution.

Weightings of Performance Measures for the TransAction Update Approved

The Authority approved weightings for the fifteen previously adopted performance measures that will be used in the evaluation and analysis of projects for the TransAction Update.  The weighted performance measures will support a data-driven approach to evaluate TransAction project packages over the coming months.  Through an iterative and collaborative process, this approach will identify the optimal combination of multi-modal transportation investments for inclusion in TransAction.
Click here to see full report.

FY2023 CMAQ/RSTP Projects Approved for Recommendation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board
In addition to programming HB 2313 revenues, the NVTA makes planning and programming recommendations on certain federal funds, including Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) and Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) funds.  The Authority approved 48 projects totaling over $82 million for Northern Virginia in FY2023.  It is anticipated that the Commonwealth Transportation Board will approve this recommendation in June 2017 and include these projects in the Commonwealth’s Six Year Improvement Program.
Click here for complete project list.

2017 Authority & Committee Appointments
Chairman Nohe reappointed the following members to NVTA Standing Committees:
  • Finance Committee: Sharon Bulova (Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors) and Jeanette Rishell (Mayor, City of Manassas Park).
  • Governance & Personnel Committee:David Snyder (Council Member, City of Falls Church) and J. Randall Minchew (Virginia State Delegate).
  • Planning & Programming Committee:Martin E. Nohe (Supervisor, Prince William Board of County Supervisors) and Phyllis J. Randall (Chair, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors).
Chairman Nohe also accepted the resignation of Harry J. Parrish (Mayor, City of Manassas) from the Governance & Personnel Committee and appointed David Meyer (Mayor-Elect, City of Fairfax) to replace him.

The Authority appointed the following Statutory Committee members as Chair and Vice-Chair of their respective Committees:
  • Technical Advisory Committee: Chair Randy Boice and Vice-Chair Doug Fahl
  • Planning Coordination Advisory Committee: Chair Ralph Buona (Supervisor, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors) and Vice-Chair Linda J. Colbert (Council Member, Town of Vienna)
Release: February 10, 2017
Contact: Camela Speer
(O) 703.642.4651
(C) 703.462.3972

 
NEXT MEETING
March 9, 2017
7:00pm
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority is a regional body that is focused on delivering real transportation solutions and value for Northern Virginia’s transportation dollars by bringing Northern Virginia jurisdictions and agencies together to prioritize projects and implement solutions.
The NVTA was created by the General Assembly on July 1, 2002, to offer a common voice for Northern Virginia on transportation issues confronting the region.  The Authority is made up of nine jurisdictions including: the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William; as well as the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.  The Authority is responsible for updating Northern Virginia’s long-range transportation plan, TransAction, and since 2014 manages approximately $340 million annually in public funds for transportation projects designed to provide congestion relief throughout Northern Virginia.  For more information visit www.thenovaauthority.org.
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