Monday, October 8, 2012

Speak out for bike project funding

Possible revenue sources
Fairfax County is hosting the final four meetings on transportation funding this week. Cyclists are encouraged to attend one of these meetings and speak up for the need for bicycle project funding.

The countywide Bicycle Master Plan is nearing completion and funds are needed to implement the highest priority projects. See an early draft list of countywide bike projects. This is a list of funded projects in the Next Four Year Program

Community Dialogue on Transportation Funding:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Chesterbrook Elementary School 1753 Kirby Road, McLean 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Thoreau Middle School 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna 
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Mount Vernon Governmental Center 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria 
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Kings Park Library 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke 
According to Fairfax County:
In the next 10 years, funding needs for transportation is projected to be $8.1 billion with only $5.1 billion in anticipated revenues. This leaves a total $3 billion deficit over the next 10 years or a $300 million annual deficit.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors asked the county’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) to work with county staff to engage county residents and businesses in a dialogue about the county transportation needs, priorities and revenue options. There are numerous sources of revenue that could be used for funding transportation. Since these potential revenue sources will have an impact on county residents, businesses, and others who make purchases or do business in the county, it is important to get feedback from the community.

The Board of Supervisors has not made any decisions about whether to pursue adding funding for transportation. The purpose of this dialogue is to gauge the community’s interest, and to determine which revenue source might be most acceptable. The results of this effort will be shared with the Board. The Board may consider taking action after it receives the results, but is not required to do so.
You can also take the transportation funding survey until October 12.

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Based on the list of unfunded projects the county is working off of, and the breakdown of funding by mode, I'm concerned about this effort to raise local transportation revenue because it is very oriented toward "business as usual" road expansions. I agree more money for transportation is needed, but it should be more focused on other priorities that will allow people to get from Point A to B without having to drive.

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