Tuesday, May 6, 2014

$200 million in bike/ped project funding now in doubt - Update

In other news at today's Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee meeting Tom Biesiadny, head of the Department of Transportation, announced that most of the $200 million in bicycle and pedestrian projects that were to be funded by the $1.4 million allocated by the state, "do not qualify for HB 2313 local or regional revenues." Instead he is recommending that most of those projects be part of the 2014 Transportation Bond. In other words, the community was told that $200 million would be spent on bike and ped projects and now those funds are in doubt. 

There has been criticism from the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (NOT the Authority, the other NVTA) and a few conservative members of the Virginia House about funding of ped/bike projects with HB 2313 funds. We wrote about Del. LeMunyon's concerns, but he was only talking about regional funds, not local. 70% of the HB2313 funds are for regional projects and 30% are for local. Other jurisdictions are including bike/ped projects in regional and local funds and so should Fairfax County.

Few details were available about which funds are still included in the HB2313 funds. The Board was told that info will be available on the county website. Once more information is available we'll report it here.

Update May 27: Presentations are now available on the Transportation Committee website.

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