Sunday, April 8, 2018

NVTA Six-Year Program Plan Preparations

Several FABB members attended a Transportation and Clean Environment​ meeting sponsored by the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter at the Providence District Office and Community Center in early April. The meeting was intended to engage local advocates on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s recently adopted long-term planning “wish list” of road, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects. It was an opportunity for attendees to learn more about advocating ​for the prioritization of multimodal transit and smart growth projects.​ 

Taken together the NVTA projects on the wish list would cost $44 billion, far beyond projected tax revenues and the roughly $1.5 billion in funding available over the next six years. As a result, NVTA has to select and prioritize what can be funded under their Six Year Program, spanning from 2018 to 2023. And, it is up to FABB members and other advocates to make sure bicycle projects get proper consideration. 

FABB will be following these developments and will alert members to the draft final plan when it is released by the NVTA board later this month.  A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for May 10, 2018, at the NVTA offices at 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, in Fairfax. A public comment period will be open between April 13 - May 20, and the NVTA plans to vote on the final plan in June.  

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