Upcoming Transportation Hearings
- Improving Access to Dulles Airport
Improving western access to the airport and future Metrorail in Loudoun County
- Stop by a public hearing for this project between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Liberty Elementary School, 25491 Riding Center Drive, South Riding, VA. Email meeting_comments@VDOT.virginia.gov or send your comments to Tom Fahrney, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 by May 7, 2014.
- About the Project:
- The Virginia Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is proposing to construct a limited-access roadway to the west of the Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Loudoun County, Virginia. The environmental study will examine a proposed Dulles Air Cargo, Passenger and Metro Access Highway that would extend from the interchange of the planned Tri-County Parkway (VA Route 411) and Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway (US Route 50) to the existing intersection of Old Ox Road (VA Route 606) and Arcola Road (VA Route 842) where future airport roads and an extension of the Loudoun County Parkway are anticipated to converge.
- Presently, IAD is accessible from the west by way of US Route 50, Evergreen Mills Road (VA Route 621), Dulles Greenway (VA Route 267), and VA Route 606.
- The purpose of this project is to enhance the movement of people, passenger services and air cargo traffic to Washington Dulles International Airport and the planned Phase 2 extension of the Metrorail Silver Line. The proposed project is intended to reduce congestion and improve capacity on the existing roadway network in the Dulles South area.
- The estimated study cost is approximately $1 million.
- Six-Year Improvement Program
Investing in Virginia’s Transportation Future
- Each Spring, a DRAFT SYIP is presented to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Each Spring, a DRAFT SYIP is presented to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. There are also a series of Public Hearings scheduled to obtain public comment on the DRAFT SYIP. All hearings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:
- Meeting Date and Location in the Northern Virginia District
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
VDOT Northern Virginia District Office
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
November 2012 Membership Presentation
Results of the Fairfax Countywide Dialogue on Transportation
Featured a report from Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission and FDOT
- Jeff Parnes, Chair and Sully Representative, Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission
- Ray Johnson, Sr Transportation Planner, Coordination and Funding Division, Fairfax County Department of Transportation
Fairfax Countywide Dialogue on Transportation Presentation PPT PDF
April 2012 Membership Presentation
The Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission
April 2012 featured a discussion with members of the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission
- Jeff Parnes, Chair and Sully Representative
- Jenifer Joy Madden, Vice-Chair and Hunter Mill Representative
- Roger Hoskin, Secretary and Mason Representative
- Kevin Morse, Braddock Representative
TAC Federation Presentation PPT PDF
Recent Committee Actions
Past Committee Actions
Presentations of Interest to Fairfax Federation Members
- At its 16 April 2013 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on MWAA's progress on the Silver Line Phase 1 and 2 Projects (PPT) (PDF)
- At its 19 March 2013 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on VDOT's SuperNoVa Transit TDM Vision Plan (PPT) (PDF)
- At its 19 February 2013 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on the proposed changes to Fairfax Connector routes in support of the opening of Metro's Silver Line (PPT) (PDF)
- At its 19 December 2012 meeting the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (NCR-TPB) was briefed on the the latest Performance Analysis of the Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP)
- The last slide is entitled "Addressing the Challenges Highlighted by the 2012 CLRP"
- Obtain additional funding for both transit and roadways
- Funding for Metrorail maintenance and rehabilitation needs beyond 2020
- Funding to expand Metrorail capacity through 8-car trains and other measures
- Sufficient funding to support both road and bridge maintenance requirements and the capacity improvements needed to accommodate a growing region
- Improve coordination of transportation and land-use
- Take advantage of the many untapped opportunities for mixed-use development near existing rail stations
- Concentrate more of the region’s housing and employment growth in activity centers and other areas with good transportation options
- Address the imbalance between the east and west sides of the region
- At its 18 December 2012 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on the Countywide Transit Network Study (PPT) (PDF)
- At the 6 December 2012 Governor's Transportation Conference the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) made a presentation on Dulles International Airport: Economic Engine for Virginia.
- At its 15 November 2012 meeting the Fairfax Federation was briefed on the Fairfax County Countywide Dialogue on Transportation Funding survey and results PPT PDF
- At its 13 November 2012 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on the I495 Express Lanes Project:
- Construction by Larry O. Cloyed, PMP, Senior Project Manager, VDOT PPT PDF
- Operations by Pierce Coffee of TranSurban: PPT PDF
- On 24 October 2012 Mike McGuire, Transurban, spoke on the I495 Express Lanes to the Sully District Council pdf ppt
- On 23 October 2012 Supervior Pat Herrity, Springfield, sponsored a Town Hall Meeting on the Future of the Fairfax County Parkway
- At its 17 October 2012 meeting, Garrett Moore, VDOT District Administrator, Northern Virginia, briefed DATA on VDOT Northern Virginia Highlights.
- On 10 October 2012 Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance presented its 8th Annual What You Need to Know About Transportation Seminar
- The presentations opened with John McClain of the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis discussing a newly released study on “Connections Between Transportation Investment and Economic Growth.” To read the entire study, click here
- To view the presentations click on the underlined topic titles.
- Connections Between Transportation and Economic Growth
John McClain, George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis
- Momentum – the Next Generation of Metro
Richard Sarles, General Manager & CEO, WMATA
- Northern Virginia Project Progress Report
Garrett Moore, VDOT Northern Virginia District Administrator
- Virginia Railway Express: Today and Tomorrow
Doug Allen, CEO, Virginia Railway Express
- Dulles Rail on Track: Phase I and II Update
Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
- NoVa’s North-South Corridor and Bi-County Parkway
Gary Garczynski, Commonwealth Transportation Board
- The State of transportation in Virginia
Greg Whirley, Commissioner of Highways, Virginia Department of Transportation
- What’s Still Missing
Bob Chase, President, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance<
- Fairfax County Launches Countywide Dialogue on Transportation Funding in September 2012
- Fairfax County transportation needs over the next ten years exceed available funding from local, regional, state, federal and private sources. This gap is estimated to be around $300 million per year. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognizes that improving transportation is a high priority since the county's economic health depends on an efficient transportation system.
- The Board of Supervisors is seeking community feedback on ways to generate funding to address these unfunded transportation (roadway, transit, bike and pedestrian) needs.
- For more information about the Countywide Dialogue on Transportation Funding, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/cdot.
- View the FCDOT Countywide Dialogue on Transportation presentation
- Presentations from DATA's 20 June 2012 Annual Transportation Roundtable
- At its 19 June 2012 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
- TransAction 2040 PPT PDF
- Fairfax County's proposed Ten Year Transportation Plan (FY12-FY21)PPT PDF
- Transportation Funding Alternatives and Outreach PPT PDF
- Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project – Phase 2, Extension to Dulles Airport/Route 772, Preliminary Engineering Design Refinements Environmental Assessment Public Hearing was held on June 13, 2012
- The Purpose of Hearing was to
- Describe design refinements made during Preliminary Engineering (PE)
- Explain why an Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared
- Review the anticipated changes in environmental and historic resources effects
- Receive comments on the proposed design refinements
- At its 12 June 2012 meeting the Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee was briefed on:
- Tysons Corner Circulator Study PPT PDF
- Transportation Funding Alternatives and Outreach PPT PDF
- Consolidated Transportation Impact Analyses beyond Tysons PPT PDF
- Recommendations on Parking Requirements in Transit Oriented Development Areas Outside Tysons Corner PPT PDF
- 2013-16 Four-Year Transportation Plan PPT PDF
- Draft next Four-Year Program Countywide Projects PDF
- On 7 June 2012 Sully Supervisor Michael Frey and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a Citizen’s Information Meeting for the Proposed Bridge Replacement for Walney Road (Rte 657) over Flatlick Branch PDF PPT
- At a 5 June 2012 seminar sponsored by AAA and DATA, Phillip Tarnoff, author of "The Road Ahead", asked the question:
- Why are we driving 21st-century cars on 20th-century roads with 18th-century thinking? pdf ppt
- On 29 May 2012 Sully Supervisor Michael Frey and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a meeting to discuss the Route 28/I-66 interchange. PDF PPT
- Thelma Drake, Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit, was the featured speaker at DATA's 17 May 2012 annual awards dinner.
- At its 15 May 2012 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
- Fairfax County Proposed Public Street Widths and Traffic Calming Features PPT PDF
- Fairfax County Countywide Transit Network Study PPT PDF
- Board of Supervisors Retreat Transportation Funding Discussion PPT PDF
- Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee Continued Transportation Funding Discussion PPT PDF
- At its 8 May 2012 meeting the Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee was briefed on:
- County-wide Urban Transportation Design Standards PPT PDF
- Operational Analysis of Dulles Toll Road Ramps to Tysons Corner PPT PDF
- Tysons Corner Consolidated Transportation Impact Analyses (CTIAs) PPT PDF
- Express Lanes Marketing & Communications PPT PDF
- Board Four Year Transportation Plan 2013 to 2016 PPT PDF
- Proposed Board Four Year Transportation Plan 2012 to 2015 PPT PDF
- Jeff Parnes, DATA's Fairfax County's Citizen Representative and Chair of the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission gave one of three presentations on 18 April 2012.
- His presentation was on the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission PPT PDF
- At its 20 March 2012 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
- Initial Goals, Performance Measures, Challenges, and Strategies, and Proposed Public Outreach Activities for the TPB Regional Transportation Priorities Plan PPT PDF
- Tysons Circulator Study: Process and Preliminary Results Summary PPT PDF
- On 24 February 2012 the Committee for Dulles and Dulles Corridor Rail Associations sponsored a seminar entitled: Dulles Corridor - The Look Forward Economic Development in the Dulles Corridor - Drivers & Actors
The following briefs were presented:
- Dulles Metrorail Project Update by Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
- Planning for Phase 2 Rail Stations in Fairfax County, Fred Selden, Planning Director, Fairfax County
- Town of Herndon Metro Station Area Study, Lisa Gilleran, AICP, Director of Community Development, Town of Herndon
- Reston Station at Wiehle Ave, Maggie Parker, Communications/Community Outreach, Comstock Partners, LC
- Reston Town Center Station Preliminary Plans - Boston Properties, Pete Otteni, Vice President, Development, Boston Properties
- Reston Town Center Station - Reston Heights, Bailey Hopple, Development Associate, JBG
- At its 21 February 2012 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
- At its 20 December 2011 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
- Plans for Interim Parking near the Tysons Corner Silver Line Metro stops (PDF PPT)
- Final report presented to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on the Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study (PDF PPT)
- At its 20 December 2011 meeting the Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee (DCAC) was briefed on
- At its 15 December 2011 meeting the Sully District Council was briefed on:
- I-66 Tier 1 EIS by Jaak Pedak of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. On the VDOT website for the I-66 Tier 1 EIS is the presentation provided at the I-66 Tier 1 EIS Participating Agencies meeting which he presented at our meeting.
- Due to a conflict the brief on the I-66 Active Traffic Management (ATM) System was not made. Kamal Suliman of VDOT provided a copy of the presentation he would have made and which he will reschedule.
- The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority hosted a Dulles Toll Road 2011 Public Update in Reston on December 6th to provide information to the public about the Toll Road’s finances, operations and planned improvements.
Download exhibits below:
- Dulles Corridor Improvements, Dulles Toll Road Operations, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Finance Plan, Toll Rates (PDF, 4MB)
- Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project (PDF, 2MB)
- Transit Oriented Development in Tysons Corner (PDF, 4MB)
- Columbia Pike Transit Initiative Progress - View the Community Coordination Committee 5 December 2011 Presentation
- At its 29 November 2011 meeting the Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee was briefed on:
- On 16 November 2011 the Loudoun county transportation
and planning staff briefed the SDC on development in the VA Rt 28, US Rt
50 and Dulles Metrorail corridors (PDF PPT).
- At its 15 November 2011 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
- Plans for Automated Traffic Management on I66 (PDF)
- Preliminary results from the Tysons Metrorail Station
Access Management Study Report, Sections 6 (Preferences Obtained Through
the Public Outreach) and 7 (TMSAMS Advisory Group Recommendations) (PDF)
- At its 18 October 2011 meeting the Transportation
Advisory Commission was briefed on Base Realignment and Closure
activities in and near Fairfax County PPT PDF
- Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance held its 7th Annual What You Need to Know About Transportation Seminar on September 28, 2011
Topics and Speakers:
- Northern Virginia's 2040 Plan by Marty Nohe, Chairman, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
- Metro's Rebuilding Process by Richard Sarles, General Manager & CEO, WMATA
- What's Happening at VRE by Dale Zehner, CEO, Virginia Railway Express
- New Northern Virginia Highway Projects by Helen Cuervo P.E., District Construction Engineer, VDOT Northern Virginia
- Dulles Rail Construction by Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
- I-95 & I-495 HOT Lanes, Telegraph Road, BRAC by Steve
Titunik, Communications Director, VDOT Regional Transportation Projects
- New Mileage Standards Impact on Travel Trends by Erin
Morrow, Transportation Engineer, Metropolitan Washington Council of
- What We Also Need to Know About Transportation by Bob Chase, President, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
- At its 20 September 2011 meeting the Transportation
Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on the National Capital Region's
Transportation Planning Board's Financially Constrained Long-Range
Transportation Plan by John Swanson, Principal Transportation Planner (PPT) (PDF)
- At its 20 September 2011 meeting the Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee was briefed on:
- I-95 HOV/HOT Lanes Project Update PPT PDF
- I-95 Transit and Transportation Demand Management PlanSummary of Recommendations PPT PDF
- Updates on Alternatives for Improving Roadway Services in
Fairfax County and Discussion of Converting the Fairfax County Parkway
and Franconia / Springfield Parkway from Secondary Roads to Primary
Roads PPT PDF
- Updates on the Traffic Calming Program PPT PDF
- Although a Status Report on the Reston Metrorail Access Group (RMAG) was on the agenda, it was not presented PPT PDF
- At its 16 August 2011 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on HOT lanes plans and progress in the
- Every month the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
publishes a newsletter charting each month's progress. The newsletters
are available from their website.
- A white paper from FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff and staff on its proposal for cost saving measures for Phase 2 of the Silver Line dated 3 July 2011.
- A white paper from the Center For Transit-Oriented Development on Transit and Regional Economic Development (May 2011)
- DATA and the Mid-Atlantic AAA sponsored a seminar on "Commuting in the 21st Century" on 29 June 2011
- Featured speakers were Alan Pisarski & Robert Thomson ("Dr. Gridlock")
- At the 22 June 11 DATA breakfast VDOT and the Loudoun
and Prince William counties transportation offices provided status
- At its 21 June 2011 meeting the Transportation
Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on Transportation Design Standards
for Tysons Corner PDF
- Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition dinner and discussion on 13 June 2011 regarding the Development Impacts of Streetcar Projects in our Region
- Hunter Mill Transportation Advisory Commissioner
Jenifer Joy Madden thought this June 2011 posting on one Fairfax County
school's implementation of Safe Route to School Program of interest: Administrator Racks up a Healthier School
- The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance 2011 Speakers Series sponsored "Breakfast With Dr. Timothy Lomax" on 8 June 2011
- Dr. Lomax is the co-author of TTI’s annual Urban Mobility
Report, which since 1982 has chronicled mobility and congestion trends
in 90 major urban areas.
- The 2010 Report ranked Northern Virginia/Metropolitan D.C.’s congestion worst in the nation.
- Dr. Lomax’s first-hand knowledge of the problem promises an authoritative look at the potential solutions.
- At the Dulles Corridor Rail Association's 6 June 2011
spring reception, Dulles Metrorail Project Executive Director, Pat
Nowakowski gave a status report on the project.
- A DCRA seminar "The Look Forward: Economic Development in the Dulles Corridor - Drivers & Actors" was cohosted by the Committee for Dulles on May 26 at the Executive Conference and Training Center.
- Gail Parker brought this May 20111 report from the Center For Transit-Oriented Development on Transit and Regional Economic Development to the committee's attention.
- At its 16 May 2011 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
- Transportation Services Group Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Outreach PPT PDF.
- Countywide Transit Network Study Draft Scope Of Work Summary PDF
- Proposed VDOT FY2012-2017 Six-Year Improvement Program Gains $3 Billion
- At the Commonwealth Transportation Board's April 20th meeting,
VDOT's Chief Planning and Programming Officer reported that the
proposed FY2012-2017 Draft Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) will have
over $3 billion more than the FY2011-2016 program.
- The Highway Program will increase by $2.4 billion,
jumping from $5.7 billion to $8.1 billion; the Rail and Public
Transportation portion increases from $2.1 billion to $2.3 billion.
- GARVEE Bonds (.5 billion) and Virginia Transportation
Infrastructure Bank Grants/Loans (.3 billion) bring the total to $11.2
billion, an increase of $3.4 billion.
- The gain is a result of the passage of Governor
McDonnell's Transportation program which focuses on issuing
transportation bonds to jump start Virginia's deflated transportation
- The new highway funding will help advance several
important Northern Virginia highway projects including I-66 (new lanes
from Gainesville to Haymarket), the Route 1/Route 123 Interchange and
the Leesburg Bypass/Sycolin Road Interchange.
- Click here to view the CTB presentation.
- While this infusion starts to reverse the recent SYIP
trend of shedding projects, for perspective: a decade ago VDOT's
FY2002-2007 SYIP was $10.1 billion.
- The Good News: $3 Billion Helps Get the SYIP Back on Track.
- Yet: The SYIP Still Lacks the Long-Term Funding Needed to Build a 21st Century Transportation Network.
- Market and Fiscal Impact Analysis of the Phase 2 Metrorail Extension to Loudoun County PDF PPT
- Loudoun County selected Robert Charles Lesser & Co.
(RCLCO). a national real estate advisory firm based in Bethesda) to
analyze development and fiscal impact of proposed Phase 2 Metrorail
- At their 19 April meeting, Loudoun County's Board of Supervisors received the report which covered:
- 30-year forecasts of commercial and residential development
at countywide, subcounty, and rail station area levels under 2
- “Baseline” assumes completion of the Phase 1 Extension
- “Phase 2 Extension” assumes completion of the Phase 2 Extension
- Fiscal impact analysis of development at each station area and countywide, under each scenario
- Increased Federal Funding Not Likely; Regional Network Not Competitive
- In remarks on 13 April 2011 at a seminar sponsored by the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
to area business leaders and public officials, transportation writer
and consultant Alan E. Pisarski opined that federal reauthorization is
not only unlikely to increase transportation funding, but an actual
reduction of up to 20% is possible.
- Pisarski pointed out that employers will go where the
skilled workers are located or want to be, and that the lack of good,
time-efficient internal suburban-to-suburban and rural-to-suburban links
puts this region at a competitive disadvantage in the long run.
- The potential for a decrease or status quo level of
federal funding is particularly bad news for Virginia given the heavy
dependence of its highway construction program on federal revenue and
the Virginia General Assembly's steadfast refusal to authorize new
- He also noted that while Arlington County is widely
praised in terms of land use and transportation planning, two out of
three Arlington residents work outside the county and most Arlington
workers are non-county residents. In contrast, over half of Fairfax
residents work in Fairfax County.
- Other observations included:
- While the Obama administration talks regularly about a $500
billion federal transportation program, actual available revenues total
only about $240 billion and the administration has not indicated how it
would fund the balance.
- A 2-3 year extension of the current federal program based on available revenues may be the most likely short-term scenario.
- Carpooling is declining across the nation and region.
More than half of carpools are "fampools", consisting of members of the
- Transit riders and carpoolers share similar
circumstances. Thus, when transit ridership mode splits increase, the
percentage carpooling generally decreases, and vice versa.
- The DC area (25%) trails only New York City (38%) in
terms of combined percentage of commuters utilizing transit/carpools.
(And yet has the nation's worst congestion.)
- Prince William residents have the longest average
commutes in the region, while the average commute for Loudoun residents
is less due to the location of more jobs in that county.
- Commuting continues to decline as a percentage of daily trips, while freight traffic continues to increase dramatically.
- To view Mr. Pisarski's Power Point presentation, click here.
- On 7 April 2011, Transurban, Fluor and Virginia
Megaprojects/VDOT/VDRPT hosted a forum to report on the progress on the
Capital Beltway HOT Lanes and the Dulles Corridor Metrorail projects.
- The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance was the sponsor
of this event which featured a greeting by Fairfax County Board Chair
Sharon Bulova, and construction updates on both projects.
- VDRPT Director Thelma Drake briefed attendees on
incentives and tools available to help Tysons employer/employees cope
with construction-related and future traffic conditions. Virginia
Megaprojects Communications Director Steve Titunik provided an overview
of the Regional Transportation Management Plan.
- For those keeping score:
- Beltway HOT Lanes are now 65% complete and looking to open in late 2012.
- Dulles Corridor Metrorail Phase I is 33% complete and on track to open in 2013.
- The presentations are available here.
- The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)
met on 6 April to determine the location of the proposed Dulles Airport
- The current proposed alignment, under the parking lot in front
of the mail terminal, is estimated to be $600 million more than a
proposal that would bring the rail above ground in front of the north
- Their staff presented a technical analysis of alternative airports rail alignments PDF
- They heard a brief on the Financial Impact of Alternative Airport Alignments PPT PDF.
- They heard from Mame Reiley, Chair, Dulles Corridor Committee, advocating the current underground alignment PPT PDF.
- The MWAA Board then voted for the underground alignment. Illustrations of the proposed alternatives are in their decision press release.
- Reaction to the decision by elected officials was uniformly negative.
- At its 5 April 2011 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
- Secondary Streets and Completing Functions by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services PPT PDF. County staff furnished excerpts from 2009 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code regarding road widths and emergency vehicle access
- The status of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) traffic amelioration efforts PPT PDF
- The upcoming Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
(MWAA) 6 April meeting to determine the location of the proposed Dulles
Airport Rail station. The current proposed alignment, under the parking
lot in front of the mail terminal, is estimated to be $600 million more
than a proposal that would bring the rail above ground in front of the
north parking garage. Fairfax County Board Chairman Sharon Bulova has
sent two letters to MWAA from the board, the first, on 25 February 2011, stressed the need to bring the estimate for phase two to as close as possible to the original estimates, while the second, dated 1 April 2001,
specifically addressed the alignment choice by indicating that the
county was in favor of the above ground alignment to keep costs to a
- NVTA Update on TransAction 2040
- Since the last NVTA meeting was held, the members of the
Jurisdiction and Agency Coordinating Committee submitted projects for
consideration of inclusion into the TransAction 2040 Plan. The draft
list of projects consist of some existing projects that were included in
TransAction 2030 but have yet to be implemented, and new projects (i.e.
HOT Lanes) that were not identified when TransAction 2030 was
developed. The region’s Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) which is
prepared by the National Capital Transportation Planning Board (TPB)
will serve as the baseline for the TransAction 2040 Plan update.
Therefore, any projects in the current CLRP will be reflected in the
- The Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met on
March 23, 2011. The draft project list was released to the TAC for
their review and comment. In addition to the TAC meeting, a kick-off
meeting was held with the Planning Coordination Advisory Committee
(PCAC) on March 30, 2011. The PCAC was given background on the
TransAction 2040 update, informed of their role regarding the plan
update, and, per the ‘charge’ of the PCAC, was given the draft list of
projects for review and input.
- Other items discussed at both the TAC and PCAC meetings include the revised Public Involvement Plan for the study.
- The consultant team is scheduled to finalize the
Prioritization Approach: Objectives, Strategies and Performance Measures
and initiate travel demand forecasting on the draft list of projects by
the end of this month.
- The draft list of projects available on line.
The JACC is also seeking input from the Authority on the project list
prior to the initiation of the travel demand modeling for the project.
- The 4th Circuit of the US court of Appeals reached a decision
on 23 March 2011, upholding the lower Court in dismissing all of the
claims brought by Chris Walker challenging the Dulles Rail Project.
- That brings to an end the last of the lawsuits challenging one or another aspect of the Dulles Rail Project.
- The Circuit characterized Walker's claims as being
"generalized grievances" which did not present a true controversy that
the Court could resolve but instead raised policy issues not appropriate
for the Court.
- The only claim that they addressed directly was one that
alleged that MWAA had violated Virginia's Freedom of Information
statute. The Court affirmed the lower Court's conclusion that the
Airports Authority, as an independent political body, was not subject to
Virginia's FOIA statute.
- The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)
met on 16 March to consider funding constraints on Phase 2 of the Dulles
Rail project. They discussed:
- On 16 March 2011 Mark Tipton, the FCFCA representative to the Trails and Sidewalks Committee, provided:
- At the 16 March 10 DATA breakfast Dulles Corridor Rail
Association (DCRA) President Patty Nicoson presented Ten Things Every
Business Needs to Know about Dulles Rail PPT (30.5MB) pdf (9.2MB)
- At its 15 March 2011 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
- From the Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee meeting on 1 March 2011 the following presentations may be of interest:
- VDOT briefed on the I95 HOT Lanes proposal PDF
- The Staff briefed on their study on Alternatives for Improving Roadway Services PPT PDF
- The Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission,
acting as a Citizens Review Committee, summarized their review on the
Staff's proposal on Alternatives for Improving Roadway Services PPT PDF
- The TAC provided individual members comments on the Alternatives for Improving Roadway Services in Fairfax County Study
- FDOT briefed on Proposed Transportation Funding Policy Changes PPT PDF
- From the Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee
meeting on 1 February 2011 the following presentations may be of
- VDOT and the Federal Highway Administration gave a joint presentation on the status of BRAC transportation Improvements PDF
- VDOT then briefed on BRAC Successes and Remaining Issues PDF
- Gina Arlotto, of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association, briefed on the Safe Routes to School program in Fairfax CountyPDF
- At its 4 January 2011 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) received an update on the I-495 HOT Lanes Project PDF PPT
- FCDOT briefed the Federation at its 18 November 2010 membership meeting on the Tysons Corner Bicycle Master Plan
- Transportation Advisory Commission Briefings presented on 16 November 2010
- Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Status Update PPT PDF
- Update on Study on Alternatives for Improving Roadway Services PPT PDF
- Tysons Corner Bicycle Master Plan PPT PDF
- TDM Proffer Study presented to the Planning Commission Transportation 20 October 2010 PPT PDF PDF with Notes
- Columbia Pike Transit Initiative Community Coordination Committee 7 October Meeting
- Transportation Advisory Commission Briefings presented on 5 October 2010
- The reports presented at the Northern Virginia
Transportation Alliance 6th Annual What You Need to Know About
Transportation Seminar on 20 September 2010 are available online. Topics presented include:
- The State of Transportation in Virginia, Sean Connaughton, Virginia Secretary of Transportation
- I-66: A New Look, Chris Collins, Location Study Program Manager, VDOT
- Are We Ready for BRAC Traffic? Tom Fahrney, Base Relocation and Closure (BRAC) Coordinator, VDOT
- Major Highway Construction Update, Helen Cuervo P.E., Acting Northern Virginia District Construction Engineer, VDOT
- What's Next on Capital Beltway HOT Lanes? Steve Titunik, Communications Director, Virginia Megaprojects, VDOT
- VRE: Progress Made and What's Ahead on the Tracks, Dale Zehner, CEO, Virginia Railway Express
- Dulles Rail Construction: Where's It Headed? Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
- Rebuilding Metro's Foundation, Richard Sarles, Interim General Manager, WMATA
- The WMATA Governance Task Force, Jim Dinegar, President and CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade
- A Public Information Workshop on Proposed Designs
to Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project was held on 13
September 2010. The proposed design is available online.
- From the Board of Supervisors Transportation
Subcommittee meeting on 20 July 2010 the following presentations may be
- VDOT briefed on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Successes and Remaining Issues PPT PDF
- FHWA briefed on their efforts building the last leg of the Fairfax County Parkway PPT PDF
- Virginia DRPT briefed on their I-66 Transit Transportation Demand Management Study PPT PDF
- FDOT briefed on their Residential Traffic Administration Program Traffic Calming PPT PDF
FDOT provided a letter which basically says that after the
current funding is exhausted the Commonwealth has provided no additional
- At the 23 June 10 DATA breakfast the Fairfax,
Loudoun and Prince William counties transportation offices provided
- Fairfax provided an verbal report
- Loudoun: pdf ppt
- Price William: pdf ppt
- At its 4 May 2010 Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) meeting it received the following presentations
- Fairfax County's TDM Proffer Study Project Update: PDF PPT
- Fairfax County's Transportation Funding and Roadway Service Delivery Study: PDF PPT
As part of the TAC's review of this study we had raised
some questions, and the staff thought it needed clarification before it
answer some of our queries. This Excel worksheet was prepared by the staff so we could provide additional guidance before it could respond to our questions.
- At its 2 March 2010 Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) meeting it received an update on the I-495 HOT Lanes Project PDF PPT
- In mid February 2010 the Fairfax County Department of Transportation prepared Project Summary Reports by District:
Braddock Dranesville Hunter Mill Lee Mason MT Vernon Providence Springfield Sully
- Both the Board of Supervisors Transportation
Committee and the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) met on 16
February 2010. The following documents may be of interest:
- Transforming Tyson's: Overview of the Transportation Section of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment, 3rd Draft PDF
- Tyson's Connector - Lunchtime free bus service in Tyson's Corner: Update on Operations since Nov. 23, 2009 PDF
- Citizen’s Task Force: Study of Financial, Legal & Legislative Issues Associated with Improving Roadway Service Delivery PPT PDF
- Northern Virginia Transportation Authority 2010 Legislative Program DOC PDF
- 2010 General Assembly Session Transportation Funding/Allocation Bills XLS PDF
- The Planning Commissions Tyson's Corner Committee
met on 28 October 09. They were briefed on the transportation
infrastructure costs to support the "Transforming Tyson's" Study. Below
are two documents that were handed out at the meeting:
After the Washington Post ran an article on the presentations , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Bulova commented on the presentation
- The BOS Transportation Subcommittee met on 20 October 09. They were briefed on:
- Revisions to the Commercial Parking Restriction Program PDF PPT
- Tyson's Corner Projects and Transit Phases PDF PPT
- Roadway Services Study Presentation PDF PPT
- Roadway Services Study Scope of Work PDF DOC
- Regional Bus Rapid Transit PDF PPT
- Jeff Parnes, the Sully Transportation Advisory
Commissioner, attended the The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
5th Annual What You Need to Know About Transportation's Seminar and
Reception on 9 September 2009.
The presentations are available from their website:
- What's Next in the I-66 Corridor and Virginia's Transportation Funding Crisis Update by Virginia Transportation Secretary, Pierce R. Homer
- Meeting Metro's Maintenance Challenges by WMATA Director of Long Range Planning, Tom Harrington
- VRE to Gainesville/Haymarket by Virginia Railway Express CEO, Dale Zehner
- I-95 Corridor Update
(HOT Lanes, Fourth Lane, Telegraph Road Interchange), Fairfax County
Parkway by VDOT Regional Transportation Director, Ronaldo Nicholson,
- Status of Major Stimulus and Other Key Transportation Projects by VDOT Chief Construction Engineer, John D. Lynch, P.E.
- Phase II Dulles Rail Commercial Tax District Update by Western Alliance for Rail to Dulles Legal Counsel, C. Lee Fifer
- Surface Transportation Inaccessibility Threatens Dulles Airport's Economic Potential by Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance President, Bob Chase
- The BOS Transportation Subcommittee met on 15 June 09. They were briefed on: