Sunday, January 6, 2008

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority public hearings

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) was recently created by the Virginia General Assembly to prepare a regional transportation plan for projects funded by new taxes and fees that went into effect on January 1, 2008. The Authority will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 10, 2008, at 6 p.m., at George Mason High School Auditorium, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA (near the West Falls Church Metro station and not far from the W&OD Trail) to solicit feedback from the public on NVTA’s proposed initial Six Year Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2008 to FY 2010.

The Six Year Plan (pdf) lists all projects under consideration. The projects are listed by mode and by a score based on various criteria. The criteria are listed on page 6 and include such features as Activity Center Connections, Multimodal Choices, Intermodal Connections, Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), and Improved Non-Motorized Travel Options (Bicycle and Pedestrian) to and within Activity Centers. There appear to be no bicycle-specific projects in Fairfax County. Non-bicycle projects in the county include two transit projects and widening of Route 7, which will include parallel 10-foot trails. The only on-road bicycle project listed in the table is “Bicycle Route Improvements” in Falls Church, for $60,000.

FABB plans to attend the hearing and testify in favor of funding for on-road bicycle facilities. Most of the listed Roadway projects should include on-road bike facilities, either bike lanes, wide curb lanes, or paved shoulders. Read about the Six Year Plan Projects and submit comments to comments will be distributed to NVTA members at the January 10th meeting.

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