The Authority Report

NVTA Update

May 2021

We hope this edition of NVTA Update finds you well! Let's jump right in to keep you up-to-speed on everything happening at the Authority. 

In case you missed it, we have updated our Economic Impact Analysis, highlighting how taxpayer dollars are hard at work. The new study analyzes the economic impacts of $3.3 Billion in regional and local funding through the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

Teaming up with Chmura Economics & Analytics once again, a nationally recognized economic modeling system was utilized, while increasing transparency and reliability. The Authority's investments in regional, multimodal transportation projects located throughout NoVA, results in:

  • More than $5 Billion in economic impact in the Commonwealth, giving more than 150 percent return on investment.
  • 30,000 jobs created in the Commonwealth, with 90 percent staying in NoVA, ensuring the future growth and vitality of the region.
Learn how NoVA and the entire Commonwealth benefit from the Authority's investments.
Transportation Technology Strategic Planning
The future of transportation is happening now! The Transportation Technology Strategic Plan (TTSP), a regional collaboration that's well underway, is taking a comprehensive, multimodal position on how transportation technology can be leveraged to support the NVTA’s vision for the NoVA transportation system in the coming years. 
Find out what's next to stay in the know! 
NVTA Executive Director Around the Region

Pictured (top left going clockwise): Joe McAndrew, Vice President, Greater Washington Partnership; Monica Backmon, NVTA Executive Director; and Michael McLaughlin, Chief of Rail Transportation, DRPT
On April 20th, Monica Backmon, NVTA Executive Director, participated in Greater Washington Partnership's "Unpacking the Capital Region Rail Vision" virtual event, which dove into Capital Region Rail Vision’s assumptions and recommendations to help the region understand how we can work collaboratively to bring the Vision to fruition. You can find all the featured speakers and a recording of the event, here.  
**Did you know the Authority is funding 13 railway projects, totaling $243M+?**
Additionally, Ms. Backmon was invited to speak at Loudoun County's Virtual Public Information Meeting on the Extension of Dulles West Boulevard from Northstar Boulevard to Arcola Boulevard, held on April 29th. The Authority programmed nearly $48 million dollars in regional revenues on this regionally significant project, which fully funds design, engineering, Right of Way, and construction. When the project is completed, travelers in Loudoun County and across the region will benefit from congestion reduction and travel time improvements. The Authority recognizes the rapid growth of Loudoun County and the need to invest in important infrastructure projects to help keep the region moving. In fact, the Authority is investing $461 million in the Loudoun County Parkway/Bi-County Parkway/Rt. 234 Corridor.

The newly created Central Virginia Transportation Authority (CVTA), invited both Ms. Backmon and Kevin Page, Executive Director, Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, to present before the Board as part of a Roundtable discussion during their April 30th business meeting. Ms. Backmon explained the Authority's structure, NVTA staffing, legislative history, committees, core responsibilities, and economic impacts of the Authority's investments. 
Authority's Silver Linings Playbook

Additionally, our Principal, Transportation Planning and Programming, Keith Jasper, joined Gregory Potts, Virginia Government Relations Officer, WMATA, to provide insights on access to the Silver Line in the Dulles Corridor, during the Committee for Dulles' Legislative, Economic Development & Transportation meeting on April 8th

Silver Line Phase 1 NVTA-funded projects, include:
  • Spring Hill Station
    • Route 7 Bridge Widening: Over Dulles Toll Road ($13.9M)
    • Route 7 Widening – Colvin Forest Drive to Jarrett Valley Drive ($10M)
    • Envision Route 7 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) ($800K)
  • Wiehle-Reston East Station
    • Soapstone Drive Extension: Sunset Hills Road to Sunrise Valley Drive ($15M) 

Silver Line Phase 2 NVTA-funded projects, include:
  • Herndon Station
    • Herndon Metrorail Intermodal Access improvements ($1.1M)
    • Herndon Parkway Intersection Improvements at Van Buren St ($500K)
  • Innovation Center Station
    • Innovation Center Station ($69M)
    • Rock Hill Road Bridge ($20.6M)
  • Loudoun Gateway Station
    • Extend Shellhorn Road: Loudoun County Parkway to Randolph Drive ($16M)
  • Ashburn Station
    • Prentice Drive Extension: Lockridge Road to Shellhorn Road ($76.2M)
Switching Gears:
Bike to Work 2021 Just Around the Corner
Bike to Work Day may look a little different this year, but you can still participate, even without the destination to your office!

Register today for the Washington, D.C. region's 20th Bike to Work Day (May 21st).

While we won't be setting up a tent this year, we will be celebrating with you in spirit! We're already looking forward to Bike to Work 2022 and enjoying these days again soon!

NVTA in the News
Authority Meeting *
May 13, 2021, 7:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel
Planning and Programming Committee
May 3, 2021, 5:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Governance and Personnel Committee
May 13, 2021, 5:30 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Technical Advisory Committee
May 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Planning Coordination Advisory Committee
May 26, 2021, 6:30 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Finance Committee Meeting
June 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel
**No Finance Committee Meeting in May 2021**

Transportation Technology Committee
Date TBA | Virtual: NVTA's YouTube Channel

Study Feedback: Enhanced Public Transportation Services b/w Franconia-Springfield Metro & Quantico Marine Base
DRPT accepting feedback through May 15, 2021
Click here for more details.

Commuter Choice Program Public Comment Period
NVTC accepting feedback through May 17, 2021
Click here for more details.

Commonwealth Transportation Board Invites Public Feedback on Transportation Projects, Initiatives
Northern Virginia District: May 3, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Click here for more details.

West Falls Church Virtual Forum
May 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
Click here for more details.

Frontier Drive Extension Fairfax County Virtual Public Information Meeting
May 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for more details.

Route 28 Widening Groundbreaking (City of Manassas)
May 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
(Public asked not to attend for social distancing purposes)
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