Presentations of interest to Sully District Council members
The Commonwealth Transportation Board held a meeting on 8 December 2015 on the Transform I66 Inside & Outside Beltway proposals
About the Transform 66 Projects:
I-66 Inside the Beltway involves converting I-66 to dynamically-priced toll lanes in the peak direction during morning (eastbound) and afternoon (westbound) rush hours between I-495 and U.S. Route 29 in Rosslyn, along with implementing a series of multimodal improvements that benefit the toll users of I-66. Transportation Deputy Secretary Nick Donohue's presentation
If you carpool today (two or more people in a vehicle), you will continue to ride the lanes for free when dynamic tolling is scheduled to begin in 2017 during morning and evening rush-hours (5:30 am to 9:30 am eastbound and 3 pm to 7 pm westbound). Solo drivers can ride the lanes in exchange for paying a variable toll based on the distance they travel. Average toll is expected to be $6 a trip.
In 2020, lanes will be free to vehicles with three or more people during rush-hours (carpoolers, vanpools and buses) and motorcycles per adopted regional policy. All others will pay a variable toll.
The lanes will remain free to all traffic during off-peak periods. There will be no tolling in the reverse commute.
All of the revenues raised from the tolls will finance transportation improvements in the corridor. Estimated toll revenue in 2018 is $18 million.
Should traffic not flow better in five years, toll revenues will be used to widen I-66 eastbound from the Dulles Connector Road to Ballston.
I-66 Outside the Beltway involves building two express lanes and three regular lanes in each direction, new bus service and other multimodal improvements such as new and expanded park and ride lots along I-66 between U.S. Route 15 in Haymarket and I-495.
On 18 Nov FCDOT briefed the Dulles Rail Project to the Sully District Council
Silver Line - Phase 1 operational update and Phase 2 progress (pdf) (pptx) presented by Mark G. Canale, Chief Special Projects Division, Dulles Rail Project Manager, Fairfax County Department of Transportation
The meeting provided the results of a traffic operational and safety study to identify short term recommendations to improve traffic operations on Route 28 (Centreville Road) from South of I-66 to Liberia Avenue.
The formal presentation is available in PPT and PDF formats.
On 16 April 2015 a Seminar on the Future of Dulles Airport and the Dulles Region was sponsored by the Committee for Dulles, Dulles Corridor Rail Association, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, Washington Airports Task Force, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Dulles Area Transportation Association, Dulles Regional Chamber, Fairfax County Chamber, Greater Reston Chamber, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Loudoun County Chamber, Prince William Chamber, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Prince William Chamber and the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance.
Sully District Council Land use and Transportation Committee chair and Sully Transportation Advisory Commissioner Jeff Parnes with two additional Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commissioners Alan Young (at large) and Kevin Morse (Braddock) at Dulles Matters Seminar
VDOT sponsored a "Pardon Our Dust" meeting on the roundabout to be built at Schneider Crossroads on 14 April 2015.
The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted a "Pardon Our Dust" meeting to update residents about the planned roundabout at the intersection of Pleasant Valley and Braddock roads.
VDOT representatives and the project contractor discussed the scope, construction, schedule and maintenance of the traffic operations plan.
Sully Supervisor Michael Frey and FDOT held a meeting about Leland Road on 13 April 2015
Currently, the county's Transportation Comprehensive Plan calls for the extension of Leland Road, known as the Leland Road connector. It would connect to Old Centreville Road at the present 90-degree turn with Braddock Road, traversing the edge of the Royal Oaks property.
At the meeting the alternative was presented and the community discussed both plans.
At our 25 March 2015 Budget Town Hall meeting the Sully District Council heard from Sully Supervisor Michael Frey and Sully School Board Member Kathy Smith. Members of the County and school system staff spoke their respective budgets:
At our 25 February 2015 meeting the Sully District Council heard from Fairfax County Park Authority on:
Sully Park Authority Board Member Hal Strickland and Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon were accompanied by Senior Leadership from the Park Authority Planning and Development Staff and Resource Management Staff and "local" Sully District Park Staff from: Sully Historic Site, Ellanor C Lawrence Park, Cub Run RECenter, Twin Lakes Golf Course and Area 5 Operations. The Park Authority brief is available in both PDF and PPTX formats
The Park Authority distributed various handouts and a CD with more detailed information:
At our 19 November 2014 meeting the Sully District Council held its transportation meeting:
The VDOT presentation covered on-going and future projects in the region (pdf) (ppt). VDOT's website has detailed information about the projects as well as near real-time snowplowing status during storms.
RT-50 widening project is on-going until next year. The project includes widening the road to eight lanes, shared bike path on both sides, and improving traffic signalization. Widening RT-50 to first roundabout to Watson Road is unknown.
The Lee Road project should be completed in May 2015 and eliminate the choke point between Willard Road and RT 50.
The RT-29 Bridge over Rocky Run Stream will be done in October 2015.
Stringfellow Road will open the four lanes in December 2014 and completion in July 2015. Additionally, the improvement includes two bike paths on each side of the road. Overall, the project allowed no nighttime work because of local resident concerns. Furthermore, traffic is over 33,000 vehicles per day.
The Walney Road Bridge will be closed to traffic in December 2015 and includes a shared bike path.
The Pleasant Forest Trail Project will be completed in July 2016 with a 10-foot bike path from the PV Road/Braddock Road Intersection to the Loudoun County Line. One of the challenges is re-locating the electrical poles on the road.
County staff reported on:
The Fairfax County Connector Route #929 will have a service change due to the future Silver Metro Line from the Herndon Station. The buses will serve from Park Center Drive and Townview Road via McLearn Road. (pdf) (pptx)
A 10-year comprehensive Countywide Transit Network Study is underway for service planning recommendations. The recommendations will be presented in spring 2015. One of the new technologies will be real-time tracking for each bus on mobile devices. The county transit network study is on-going for establishing a connected rapid transit system to meet demands until 2050. It will identify policies, programs, and actions to support a phased implementation as well as coordinate with other regional, state, and local plans. The study is recommending express bus service not a light rail system. (pdf) (pptx)
The county is conducting a Fairfax County Parkway/Franconia Springfield Parkway Study (pdf) (pptx)
From 8-13 November, Supervisor Frey, accompanied by four other Sully Representatives, attended an event in Chantilly, France, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI and the observance of Armistice Day. Details of the visit can be found at the Chantilly to Chantilly page.
On 16 October 2014 the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Planning Board held an Outreach hearing:
Speaking as an individual, our Sully District Transportation Advisory Commissioner, Jeff Parnes, spoke and made the following presentation: (PDF)(PPTX)
At its 15 October 2014 meeting the Metropolitan Washington Transportation Planning Board (TPB) was briefed on:
Two rounds of public meetings were held for this project. The first round consisted of two meetings, one each in the Dranesville and Hunter Mill Supervisor Districts, designed to collect input on recommended pedestrian and bicycle facility improvements. A third meeting was held on 18 June 2014 to provide the public with the results and final recommendations of the HMSAMS effort.
At its 10 June 2014 meeting the Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee was briefed on:
For over two years VDOT undertook a study of Potential Multimodal Improvements for the I-66 I-66 Corridor in Prince William and Fairfax counties. Here are somne artifacts leading up to the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement approval in November 2013
In late April 2013 the Fairfax County Department of Transportation held a series of Public Meetings to Discuss Fairfax Connector's Revised Dulles Rail Bus Service Plan
The public meetings and one Ask Fairfax! online chat discussed the Fairfax Connector proposed bus service plan that will coincide with the start of service on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authorityís (WMATA) new Silver Line. The plan includes the creation of 12 new routes, the restructuring of 24 existing routes and the elimination of six routes. The revised plan incorporates changes suggested by riders and the community, since the original service proposal was released in January 2013. The complete bus service plan will be discussed at each meeting, with special emphasis placed on area service changes for the general vicinity of each meeting location.
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 20 March 2013 meeting the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) was briefed on:
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 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 15 January 2013 meeting the Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee was briefed on:
Fairfax Connector Express Lanes Marketing and Implementation PPTPDF
Countywide Dialogue on Transportation Summary and Next Steps PPTPDF
Operational Analysis of Dulles Toll Road Ramps to Tysons Corner - Boone Boulevard Ramp Analysis PPTPDF
Comparison of Boone Blvd Options - Volumes for Reference Only XLSPDF
Northern Virginia North-South Corridor
Corridor Master Plan Project Vision
The Northern Virginia North-South CoSS will be an integrated, multimodal network of transportation facilities that connect major centers of activity within and through the Commonwealth and promote the movement of people and goods essential to the economic prosperity of the state.
Commonwealth Transportation Board Definition
The corridor is defined as the area generally east and west of: Route 234 (Dumfries Road) between I-95 and I-66; the CTB approved location of the Tri-County Parkway between I-66 and Route 50; connections to the Dulles Greenway and Route 7 along Northstar Boulevard and Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road).
On December 18th and 19th 2012, as well as on January 9th, 2013, the study team shared evaluation results of the transportation alternatives and preliminary recommendations. The alternatives will address access to major activity areas, transit service and non-motorized modes of travel, environmental considerations, and transportation funding and investments within the corridor. Learn more about these alternatives by reviewing the meeting boards from both sets of meetings below. The second set of informational boards expands on initial model results, summarizes public comments received as of January 2nd, and provides recommendations for a refined third alternative.
At its 15 November 2012 meeting the Fairfax Federation was briefed on the Fairfax County Countywide Dialogue on Transportation Funding survey and results PPTPDF
2012 Common Interest Community Educational Seminar
The Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch hosted the 2012 Common Interest Community Educational Seminar on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Fairfax County Government Center. Guest speakers from Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute shared information about recent regulations, legislation and case law that impact how homeowners associations and condominium associations govern themselves.
The presentation is an excellent program for the boards of directors of any common interest community in Virginia.
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 PPTPDF
The presentations opened with John McClain of the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis discussing a newly released study on ìConnections Between Transportation Investment and Economic Growth.î To read the entire study, click here
To view the presentations click on the underlined topic titles.
Residents have the opportunity beginning 10 Oct 2012 to provide input on funding priorities and possible reductions for the multi-year budget plan for Fiscal Year 2014 (effective July 1, 2013) and Fiscal Year 2015 (Effective July 1, 2014).
"The combination of flat revenue growth due to the slow economic recovery and increasing demand and requirements for services means that the county faces a projected budget shortfall of more than $100 million in both FY 2014 and 2015,î explains County Executive Ed Long. îWe want your ideas on how we can continue to move forward in a way that protects the quality of life we value in our community.î
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.
Draft next Four-Year Program Countywide Projects PDF
On 7 June 2012 Supervisor Michael Frey and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a Citizenís Information Meeting for the Proposed Bridge Replacement for Walney Road (Rte 657) over Flatlick Branch PDFPPT
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? pdfppt
On 29 May 2012 Supervisor Michael Frey and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a meeting to discuss the Route 28/I-66 interchange. PDFPPT
Thelma Drake, Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit, was the featured speaker at DATA's 17 May 2012 annual awards dinner.
Board Four Year Transportation Plan 2013 to 2016 PPTPDF
Proposed Board Four Year Transportation Plan 2012 to 2015 PPTPDF
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 PPTPDF
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 PPTPDF
Tysons Circulator Study: Process and Preliminary Results Summary PPTPDF
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
At our 15 December 2011 meeting the SDC 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 we 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 Roadís finances, operations and planned improvements.
Download exhibits below:
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 Governments
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 Transit and Transportation Demand Management PlanSummary of Recommendations PPTPDF
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 PPTPDF
At its 21 June 2011 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on Transportation Design Standards for Tysons Corner PDF
The Look Forward: Economic Development in the Dulles Corridor - Drivers & Actors
A DCRA seminar cohosted by the Committee for Dulles was held on May 26 at the Executive Conference and Training Center. Experts provided an update on Loudoun County's planning for rail, new, detailed descriptions of planned projects, and a discussion of the challenges and opportunities that await. Click below to view the presentation slides.
At its 16 May 2011 meeting the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) was briefed on
Transportation Services Group Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Outreach PPTPDF.
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 program.
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.
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 PDFPPT
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 extension
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 scenarios:
ìBaselineî assumes completion of the Phase 1 Extension
ìPhase 2 Extensionî 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 sustainable funding.
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 same family.
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 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) met on 6 April 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.
Their staff presented a technical analysis of alternative airports rail alignments PDF
They heard a brief on the Financial Impact of Alternative Airport Alignments PPTPDF.
They heard from Mame Reiley, Chair, Dulles Corridor Committee, advocating the current underground alignment PPTPDF.
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 PPTPDF. 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 PPTPDF
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 minimum.
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 regionís 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 baseline.
The Authorityís 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 ëchargeí 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.
Redistricting for the Fairfax County magistrate districts for the upcoming 2011 elections PPTPDF
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.
At the 16 March 2011 Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting, VDOT's Chief Financial Officer, John Lawson, briefed the Board on Governor McDonnell's 2011 transportation plan.
The plan, as approved by the state legislature, authorized the acceleration of the sale of $1.8 billion of Capital Projects Revenue (CPR) bonds over the next three years.
Mr. Lawson described plans to finance the bonds and the Commonwealth's capacity to service the debt.
CPR bond debt service is provided by the Priority Transportation Fund (PTF), which is comprised of a portion of taxes collected on insurance premiums, a portion of the gas tax, and interest earnings.
Between FY 2011 and FY 2017, annual PTF funds available for debt service are estimated to average $225 million.
Over the same period, average PTF debt service is estimated to be $176 million.
FDOT briefed on Proposed Transportation Funding Policy Changes PPTPDF
From the Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee meeting on 1 February 2011 the following presentations may be of interest:
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 PDFPPT
Joe Sanchirico, Ecologist on the staff of the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services briefed the Sully District Council at its 15 December meeting on Watershed Management PDFPDF with NotesPPT
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 of interest:
VDOT briefed on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Successes and Remaining Issues PPTPDF
FHWA briefed on their efforts building the last leg of the Fairfax County Parkway PPTPDF
Virginia DRPT briefed on their I-66 Transit Transportation Demand Management Study PPTPDF
FDOT briefed on their Residential Traffic Administration Program Traffic Calming PPTPDF FDOT provided a letter which basically says that after the current funding is exhausted the Commonwealth has provided no additional funding PDF
At the 23 June 10 DATA breakfast the Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties transportation offices provided status reports:
At its 4 May 2010 Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) meeting it received the following presentations
Fairfax County's TDM Proffer Study Project Update: PDFPPT
Fairfax County's Transportation Funding and Roadway Service Delivery Study: PDFPPT 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 PDFPPT
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
Citizenís Task Force: Study of Financial, Legal & Legislative Issues Associated with Improving Roadway Service Delivery PPTPDF
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority 2010 Legislative Program DOCPDF
2010 General Assembly Session Transportation Funding/Allocation Bills XLSPDF
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:
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:
Speaking at a meeting of business leaders and state and local elected officials the morning of 3 Jun 09, Virginia Transportation Secretary Pierce Homer outlined the dire fiscal condition of Virginia's transportation program.
"We are approaching a cliff," the Secretary said. "If we don't act quickly (to address the transportation funding crisis), Virginia's prosperity will go elsewhere."
Core Transportation Functions at Risk
Secretary Homer said declining federal and state revenues will soon compromise the Commonwealth's ability to meet its core transportation priorities, meaning:
No state funds to match federal funds (meaning Virginia loses federal money).
No state funds for transportation improvements to attract major employers (meaning jobs will locate elsewhere).
No state or federal dollars for road and transit improvements to reduce congestion (meaning congestion continues to get worse).
No state funds to attract public private transportation partnerships (meaning private sector transportation dollars go elsewhere).
Other topics covered in the Secretary's presentation include:
Virginia's allocation of federal transportation stimulus funds.
Major rail and transit investments.
$9 billion in Public Private Partnerships.
The shrinking Six-Year Program (from $11.5 billion to $7.4 billion in two years).
Soon-to-be enacted VDOT construction, personnel and service cuts.
To view Secretary Homer's presentation, click here.
May 09 Membership Presentation on Cool Counties and Cool Neighborhoods initiatives
For more information on Cool Neighborhoods
The Sierra Club of Fairfax and Fairfax County Government are sponsoring the cool countries program. The purpose is to reduce carbon emissions by two percent every year in Fairfax County. Part of the Cool Neighborhoods program is encouraging and educating residents on carbon reductions and cost-savings programs in their homes. The government is not providing tax credits to homeowners at this time.
If you are interested in their presentation:
The VA Secretary of Transportation, Pierce Homer, sent a 6 Apr 09 letter to the VA Senate and House Appropriations and Transportation Chairs containing "a prioritized and comprehensive listing of transportation projects that would be ready to be advertised if funding were to become available in the federal stimulus package, regardless of whether or not final criteria have been released." The letter contains the following attachments:
summarizes Recovery Act aviation funding to Virginia. These projects were directly selected by the Federal Aviation Administration.
summarizes Recovery Act public transportation funding to major transit properties in Virginia. These projects were directly selected by the individual transit commissions,
summarizes possible Recovery Act public transportation funding to rural and small urban transit properties in Virginia. Final project decisions will be made by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in response to individual grant requests from transit operators.
summarizes possible Recovery Act enhancement funding in Virginia. This is a mandatory requirement of the Recovery Act. and final project decisions will be made by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
summarizes mandatory Recovery Act funding distributions in Virginia. In the five urbanized areas in Virginia with populations greater than 200.000 the Metropolitan Planning Organizations will make project decisions totaling approximately $1,178 million. In addition. the Commonwealth Transportation Board will make approximately $90.5 million in project decisions in urbanized areas with populations less than 200.000. In all cases, the individual Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Commonwealth Transportation Board must concur in the final project selection.
summarizes proposed Recovery Act funding for 119 small. structurally deficient bridges in Virginia. These projects were developed based on the quantitative deficiency rating of the bridge as well as a finding that all permits. rights-of-way. and utility issues could be resolved within the requisite time frame. The Commonwealth Transportation Board has the final jurisdiction over these projects and will consider them at its April 16 meeting.
summarizes proposed Recovery Act funding for approximately 430 lane miles of interstate and primary highway paving. These projects were developed based on the quantitative deficiency rating of the pavement as well as a finding that all permits. rights-of-way, and utility issues could be resolved within the requisite time frame. The Commonwealth Transportation Board has the final jurisdiction over these projects and will consider them at its April 16 meeting.
summarizes possible Recovery Act funding to serve up to five military installations undergoing substantial employment growth under the federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act. These projects are being developed based on the need to serve the nearly 25.000 Department of Defense employees at new locations within the Commonwealth. Discussions and evaluations of these projects are ongoing with the Department of Defense and the affected localities and metropolitan planning organizations. The Commonwealth Transportation Board has the final jurisdiction over these projects and may consider some or all at its April 16 meeting.
summarizes possible Recovery Act funding to serve freight and passenger rail needs in the Heartland, 1-95 and 1-81/Rt. 29 corridors. These projects could he included by flexing Recovery Act highway funds into freight and passenger rail projects. These projects are being developed in accordance with the adopted statewide rail plan and previous policy guidance from the General Assembly and Congress. The Commonwealth Transportation Board has the final jurisdiction over these projects and may consider some or all at its April 16 meeting.
summarizes possible candidate highway projects for Recovery Act funding. These candidate projects include additional paving. bridge repair, congestion relief. and economic development projects. These projects are being developed in consultation with the Congressional Delegation. the General Assembly (through the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability). the affected localities and metropolitan planning organizations, the highway construction industry and the Federal highway Administration. The Commonwealth Transportation Board has the final jurisdiction over these projects and may consider some or all at its April 16 meeting.
Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee Meeting on 6 Mar 09 covered four items of interest:
Federal Stimulus Bill Summary of Authorized Transportation Funding Presentation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board made by Mary Lynn Tischer, PhD
On February 17th President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the Stimulus Bill. As part of the unprecedented $787 billion package, $47.9 billion (6%) will be used for transportation investments around the country.
Virginia Will Receive More Than 800 Million Federal Transportation Stimulus Dollars.
Highways: $27.5 billion
Public Transportation: $8.4 billion
High Speed Rail: $8 billion
Aviation: $1.3 billion
Grant Program: $1.5 billion
The funding will be issued to individual states with considerable federal oversight and multiple layers of stipulations/requirements.
Highway funding will be allocated through the following formula:
50% issued through State Transportation Program Formula + 25% lanes miles, 40% vehicle miles traveled, 35% tax payments
50% overall share of funding in 2008 (obligation limitation)
Funds apportioned within 21 days
Priority to projects:
That will be completed within 3 years
Are in economically distressed areas
Per capita income is 80% of national average
Unemployment rate is at 1% higher than national average
Secretary of Transportation determines it is or will be an economic special need
This presentation given to the Commonwealth Transportation Board contains a more detailed summary of terms and provisions for highways, rail, transit, ports and aviation.
Bus Stop Improvement Program Paul Mounier, Bus Stop Coordinator, FC Department of Transportation, made this presentation to Transportation Advisory Commission on 6 Jan 09 PDF.PPT.
Greater Washington 2050 Initiative John A. Mataya, Regional Planner, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, made this presentation to Transportation Advisory Commission on 6 Jan 09 and a similar presentation to the Fairfax Federation in December PDF.PDF with NotesPPT.
Jim Hart had the following comments on the presentation:
Staff made a presentation with illustrations. There was a lively discussion about using angle of bulk plane for side [not front] yards, starting 5' above grade at the average point, different angles for different residential districts. It requires some concentration to understand how the principle works in 3 dimensions, if folks are unfamiliar with the concept. The powerpoint illustrates what can and cannot be done with different angles.
There was a mix of opinions, across the board, some sharp disagreement in the audience [in both directions], although I think there is going to be support for staff's approach. It may be hard to get a consensus among all the interested parties, both as to whether the approach is either too severe and expensive or too lenient, and there is some obvious disagreement about whether there even is a crisis or not. There also is some need to have a relief valve for case by case review of exceptions to the rule, probably going to be an SP or possibly SE.
Depending on the angle, and I am oversimplifying somewhat, staff's approach seems to limit what can be done by right, above the 2nd floor ceiling level approximately, near the sides of big houses on narrow lots [the house can still be 35' at the midpoint of the roof, which will be easier towards the center of the lot]. You probably have to see the illustrations [my (pre-computer technology) undergraduate degree is in architecture, and still it takes me a little while to get a feel for how it works on each house/lot]. Staff is still looking at the complex impact of this approach on sloping lots and walkout basements, as well as a number of other questions raised at the meeting. I believe staff can answer specific questions if you have them, Jack Reale is going to be staff coordinator I believe.
Staff is going back to the Board before authorization and something is likely coming back for public hearing probably in Fall 08, probably with a redefinition of "grade" in residential being something like the lower of the existing or post-development condition, coupled with some range of angle of bulk plane for side yards in residential.
There is another related project ongoing for lot coverage but staff is still working on that and it wont come up at the same time. It may difficult to decide what counts towards coverage or not [Arlington counts front porches and garages differently; do you include patios, sheds, walkways, etc] That issue is not part of the ZOA coming up this fall, but is going to be separate.
Brian Heffern, Senior Budget Analyst, Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget, briefed the Fairfax County FY 09 Budget. Fairfax County is facing $120 million in cuts compared to the FY08 budget
Kay Hellenbrand Rutledge, P.E., Manager, Land Acquisition and Management Branch, Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, spoke to the acquisition via condemnation of the Stoup property planned by the Park Authority. PPTPDF
From the February 08 Transportation Advisory Commission meeting:
Fairfax County Department of Transportation briefed the Service Plan for the Metrobus 12/20/2W Transition PPTPDF
Providence District Public Outreach to Help Plan the Future of Tyson's Corner hosted by Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth & The Tyson's Land Use Task Force on 18 July 2007
In their ongoing effort to integrate community input into the Tyson's Planning process, the Tyson's Land Use Task Force and Supervisor Linda Smyth co-sponsored a public outreach meeting. The Tyson's Land Use Task Force and the team of consultants working on planning the future of Tyson's have developed plan scenarios to test potential future growth in Tyson's. These test scenarios, which were shaped by public input provided during the March 2007 workshops, look at different ways of integrating four planned Metrorail stations into Tyson's Corner.
The test scenarios are not actual choices for the future of Tyson's. They are designed to test how different planning approaches could work. These test scenarios are being evaluated to gauge how well they address the Task Forceís Guiding Planning Principles, transportation needs and the quality of life in Tyson's Corner.
The 27th Green Breakfast held on Saturday, July 14 covered Land Conservation - A Win-Win Program. Whit Field, Vice President and General Counsel, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) discussed conservation easements
HB 3202 Regional Funding Public Hearing was held by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority on 12 July 2007.
The purpose was "to consider enacting the seven taxes and fees authorized by the General Assembly in HB3202, as well as an initial set of projects and an associated bond issue." This is the NVTA's presentation
On April 26 and 29, twenty community activists from across the region participated in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Transportation Planning Board's (TPB) first Community Leadership Institute. Jeff Parnes, the Sully Transportation Advisory Commissioner, was one of the attendees.
At this two-day pilot workshop, community leaders discussed how they can get involved more effectively in transportation decision making. Former TPB Chairman Peter Shapiro facilitated the discussions. Mr. Shapiro is currently a senior fellow at the University of Maryland&';s Burns Academy of Leadership.
The participants represented organizations that have been recognized as forces for change in their communities, including leaders of civic groups, homeowners associations, business organizations and local citizen advisory boards.
Between VA 28/I-66 interchange and Braddock/Walney Roads eliminate turn movements and implement signal timing/phasing changes near the interchange of VA 28 and I-66 at three locations:
VA28 and Braddock/Walney Road: Eliminate through and left turn movement from eastbound Braddock Road and from westbound Walney Road. Also eliminate left turn movements from southbound VA 28. The affected movements will be redirected towards the recently completed, grade separated interchange at VA 28 and Westfields Boulevard.
VA 28 and ramps to westbound I-66: Eliminate left turn movements from northbound VA 28 to westbound I-66. The affected movements will be redirected to the VA 28 and VA 29 interchange.
VA 28 and ramps from eastbound I-66: Eliminate left turn movements from eastbound I-66 off-ramp to southbound VA 28. The affected movements will be redirected to the I-66 and VA 29 interchange.
Length: Operational improvements within a half-mile area
Funding: Federal, state, local, private and bonds
TransAction 2030 Plan Study
In 2002, the Virginia General Assembly created the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and charged it with developing a long-range regional transportation plan for Northern Virginia. NVTA recommends to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) which transportation projects should receive funding. This study effort, TransAction 2030, was initiated in the fall of 2004.
The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) was chosen to administer the contract for the NVTA. A Subcommittee of the NVTA Interim Technical Committee was formed to monitor and guide the study process. This Subcommittee was comprised of staff representing Northern Virginia jurisdictions and regional transportation agencies operating in Northern Virginia. The Subcommittee convened regularly throughout the study and reviewed technical material, provided direction to the consultant team and reported back to their respective agencies.
The TransAction 2030 study effort used as a basis the Northern Virginia 2020 Transportation Plan that was produced by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) under the auspices of Transportation Coordinating Council (TCC) in 1999. That study identified the eight major corridors throughout Northern Virginia, which are shown in Figure 1, of the report and evaluated a comprehensive range of highway, high occupant vehicle (HOV), transit and trail projects to address existing and forecast system deficiencies. The Trans Action 2030 Report and Trans Action 2030 Technical Appendix (over 100MB) are available for downloading.
DATA cosponsored, with DCRA (Dulles Corridor Rail Association) its third seminar on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) on 30 March 2006. These presentations are available in either PDF or PPT formats:
At a March 4, 2006 Green Breakfast Fairfax County Staff Kambiz Agazi, Fairfax County Environmental Coordinator and Paul Shirey, Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division) presented a report on the Occoquan Watershed
Stream Protection Strategy (SPS)
Stream Physical Assessment (SPA)
Virginia Tech report (Cub Run)
TMDL process for Bull Run and Popes Head Creek
Watershed Program overview
Individual coverage of Cub Run and Popes Head Creek
The MT. Vernon Council has recommended that the county explore creating a county-wide restricted residential parking district rather than setting up individuals ones in response to subdivision petitions. The attachment includes the MT. Vernon's proposal, the current county ordinances and a comparison of all the restricted parking zones.
County staff is reviewing all proposed spot improvements. The improvements to Stringfellow Road and Pleasant Valley Road have been removed from consideration due to Federal funding or additional costs. Staff is now reviewing costs at the West Ox Road and Fairfax County Parkway intersection and Thompson and Lees Corner roads intersections.
Jack Dale, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent, presented the FCPS FY06 Budget to the Fairfax Federation at its 13 January 2005 meeting.
Dana Kaufman, Lee District Supervisor, gave a presentation on Metro funding to the Fairfax County Federation of Civic Associations at their October 2004 membership meeting.
Jack Van Dop, FHWA Project Director, gave a presentation on the Battlefield Bypass
at the 20 September 2004 meeting of the Fairfax County Board of
Supervisor's Transportation Subcommittee. No new information was