Infrastructure & Transportation

19 "Exact Change" Lanes To "E-ZPass Only"

Work Begins September 2 on West-Bound Fairfax County Parkway Exit

To ease congestion and increase convenience for drivers, 19 toll-lanes along the Dulles Toll Road will be converted from “exact change” to “E-ZPass only” over the next year, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the road, announced Wednesday.

During the conversion project, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 2, coin baskets will be removed and replaced by upgraded E-ZPass infrastructure.  Conversions are scheduled for unattended “exact change” lanes at the main toll plaza and exit ramps along the roadway.

“This lane conversion continues the long tradition of providing a convenient, consistent travel option for drivers in Northern Virginia,” said Dulles Toll Road Manager Cyndi Ward.  “About 90 percent of drivers currently using these lanes are already paying with E-ZPass rather than coins. Full-service lanes will continue to be available at all toll plazas along the roadway for those wishing to pay with cash, but we encourage drivers to consider the added convenience of E-ZPass in order to bypass the lines associated with cash payments.”

 Drivers can sign up for E-ZPass or find locations on how to pick up E-ZPass On-the-Go transponders in stores across the state at www.ezpassva.com.

To minimize congestion, lanes will be reconfigured one at a time, with each conversion taking two to four weeks.  When the project is complete, all toll plazas will still have at least one “full service” lane available.

The first lane to be converted will be the right-most lane on the westbound Fairfax County Parkway exit.

95 Express Lanes Opening in December, Bringing New Rules of the Road

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) today issued a reminder of the changing rules that will go into effect when the 95 Express Lanes open in December.  All drivers, including hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates and carpoolers, will need an E-ZPass® or E-ZPass® FlexSM to use the Express Lanes.  Trucks with more than two axles will not be permitted to use the lanes.

The I-95/395 HOV lanes are being converted to tolled express lanes for 29 miles between Route 610 in Stafford County and Edsall Road in Fairfax County. The lanes will use dynamic tolls to keep traffic flowing and provide a more predictable travel option on I-95. Drivers are encouraged to learn how to use the Express Lanes now and obtain an E-ZPass so that they can benefit when the Lanes open.

Here's what carpoolers, drivers of hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates, truckers and law enforcement need to know about the 95 Express Lanes:

Carpoolers:

  • Carpools need an E-ZPass Flex
  • Carpools with three or more people can travel toll-free on the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode.
  • E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass but allows carpoolers to switch between HOV and toll-paying modes. The switchable E-ZPass Flex lets the Express Lanes operator know which vehicles are HOV-3+ so that they aren't charged a toll.

Drivers of Hybrid Vehicles with Clean Fuel Plates:
 
When the 95 Express Lanes open, hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 must pay a toll or have three people in the car to use the Lanes. The rules affecting hybrids are as follows:

  • Hybrid drivers can ride toll-free on the 95 Express Lanes with three people in the vehicle and an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode; or,
  • They can pay the toll with an E-ZPass if traveling with fewer than three people in the vehicle.
  • The 95 Express Lanes will end just north of Edsall Road. From Edsall Road to Washington, D.C., the HOV lanes will exist with the same rules that are in effect today. Hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 will continue to be allowed to use the HOV lanes without three people in the vehicle on the I-395 HOV lanes. For more information about the transition area just north of Edsall Road on I-395, please visit: 95ExpressLanes.com/transition.

Drivers of Trucks, Commercial/18-Wheel Vehicles:

  • Vehicles with more than two axles - including 18-wheel trucks - will not be permitted to access the 95 Express Lanes.
  • Small and mid-sized trucks with two axles may use the Express Lanes as toll paying customers or they may travel toll-free if they have an E-ZPass Flexset to HOV mode and three or more people in the vehicle.

Law Enforcement Officials:

  • Local, state or federal law enforcement officials will not be exempt from toll and HOV requirements on the 95 Express Lanes unless in the direct pursuit of their duties, which does not include commuting to and from the workplace.
  • Law enforcement officials can contact the Express Lanes pre or post travel for trips they believe qualify as exempt. Please contact customercare@expresslanes.com for more information.

Motorcycles:

  • Motorcycles do not need an E-ZPass.

Unlike the existing HOV lanes, the rules of the road for the new 95 Express Lanes will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends. Vehicles may not tow trailers on the 95 Express Lanes. HOV-3+ vehicles with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode, motorcycles and transit will have toll-free access to the Express Lanes at all times; drivers with fewer than three occupants can choose to pay a toll with E-ZPass to use the lanes on occasions when they need to get somewhere on time.
 
Get an E-ZPass:
 
Drivers can get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex at more than 75 convenient Northern Virginia retail locations including Wegmans, select Giant Food Stores, or at one of the E-ZPass Customer Service Centers, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles; online or by calling Virginia E-ZPass at (877) 762-7824. Visit www.ezpassva.com or call the Customer Service Center for more information - (877) 762-7824.
 
The 95 Express Lanes are being delivered through a public-private partnership between VDOT and Transurban with Fluor-Lane 95, LLC constructing the Express Lanes. For more information on how I-95 drivers can use the 95 Express Lanes please visit www.95ExpressLanes.com. For up-to-date construction information please visit  www.vamegaprojects.com.

The 95 Express Lanes will provide new choices, added capacity and extend and improve the performance of the existing HOV system. The 95 Express Lanes will extend from the Edsall Road area in Fairfax County to Garrisonville Road in Stafford County. For more information, please visit 95ExpressLanes.com.

Dear Neighbor,

The new Metro Silver Line is scheduled to open tomorrow - Saturday, July 26th at noon. The new Silver Line trains will operate between Reston and Largo, Maryland including stops at five new stations: McLean, Tyson’s Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East.

For many residents in Western Fairfax and Eastern Loudoun Counties, the Wiehle Avenue station will be more convenient and accessible than the Orange Line Vienna station.

I encourage you to evaluate your commute and other travel patterns to see if the Silver Line makes sense for you. Please note that many additional bus routes in Western Fairfax County will also start operating on July 26 that serve the Wiehle Avenue station. Other existing bus routes are being changed, and a few will be discontinued.

For information on the Silver Line, including fares, travel times, and station information please visit their website.

Details about new and changed Fairfax Connector bus routes.

Additionally, a new nonstop bus connection will operate between the rail line and Washington Dulles International Airport. The Silver Line Express bus at Metrorail’s Wiehle-Reston East station will replace the existing Washington Flyer Coach service from the Orange Line’s West Falls Church station. To learn more about this new bus service, please visit to see schedules, maps and additional information for Silver Line Express riders.

Most importantly, I’m interested in your comments about how well this significant expansion of our transportation system works for you. Please feel free to contact by eamail or call me at (703) 264-1432.

Yours for good government,

Jim LeMunyon
Member, Virginia House of Delegates
67th District
www.LeMunyon.com

The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) wants people to know about the strategic vision Momentum that they are putting forward to address tomorrow’s issues. They really want to hear from our local businesses and invite you to contact Greg Potts and fill out this form. The WMATA page Momentum Endorsements includes numerous organizations including the Dulles Regional Chamber—now they would like to add your company’s name to the roster.

Hooray! As of July 26, our area residents will have access to Metro Rail. For all the information you need to know regarding schedules, stations, prices, etc., go to silverlinemetro.com. If you click on “service”, there is a drop down menu where you can enter your station origin and station destination. It will tell you both the fare for your ride and the amount of time the trip will take.

Dear Champions,

On today’s news briefing call for media, we confirmed that the July 26th opening of the Silver Line remains a go, despite incomplete work from the Bechtel-led Dulles Transit Partners, which is building the line under contract to the Airports Authority.

Today, our online trip planner been updated to include Silver Line schedule data. What this means is that customers can now plan a trip and get fares using real schedule data. The trip planner is on the homepage of wmata.com, and you’ll need to enter a travel date on or after noon on July 26 to see a Silver Line result. Also today, the MetroAlerts system has been updated with the new line and the five new stations. As many of you know, MetroAlerts are sent based on your account preferences; on the rail side, riders tell us the line or lines, and the stations they want to be informed about. Now Silver Line is presented as an option. We are encouraging all MetroAlerts subscribers whose trip might include the Silver Line to take a moment to logon to their account and update their settings.

Outreach and promotion of the Silver Line continues. Many of you have probably seen the TV ads on various channels, as well as heard radio tags. There will also be print advertising to come. And we have distributed hundreds of thousands of brochures at stations and community events throughout the region, as well as participated in many community events; including the International Festival in Largo over the weekend.

Also, the final step in Metro’s preparations begins Sunday, July 20th with simulated service on the Silver Line. The simulation trains will not carry passengers to or from the five new stations in Virginia; but they will be in service for passengers between East Falls Church and Largo Town Center.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Metro.

Sincerely,
Barbara Richardson
Chief of Staff, Metro

With all of the quick changes in weather that occur throughout Fairfax County, you and your family should be aware of the most up-to-date storm information available that may impact your lives. Likewise traffic delays can cause trouble with schedules. The more time you have to prepare for flash flooding or violent thunderstorms, the better you can adjust your schedule and take shelter or change travel plans and routes to avoid a major accident.

Fairfax County has recently launched a new alerting system, Fairfax Alerts, which is designed to deliver timely information on changing weather conditions and significant traffic tie-ups.  The new service includes the ability to deliver alerts to any landline, Blackberry, SMS, pager, or email device. Features include a smart weather module that will customize weather alerts and times they are received, a mobile app for receiving alerts, and select two-way communication between you and the county’s emergency managers.

The system is available to Fairfax County residents and an account can be set up in just a few minutes. Each individual determines which alerts are needed. You can ask for alerts for more than one location such as your home address in Herndon and your daughter’s work location in Springfield. Go to our website to learn more and to sign up.

THE SILVER LINE AND SMARTBENEFITS MAKE YOUR WORKPLACE THE PLACE TO BE The Silver Line is the newest partner in the business community. Businesses of all sizes can partner with Metro to encourage Silver Line travel for their employees through the SmartBenefits® program. Employers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region understand the competitive nature of attracting and retaining the best employees. That’s why nearly 4,000 organizations already provide the SmartBenefits® commuting benefit to 250,000 workers in the region. Metro hosts SmartBenefits® Seminars for employers to learn how to offer employees a better way to get to work, save money, and take advantage of the most recent enhancements to SmarTrip® and the Silver Line. Register now for one of the two upcoming seminars targeted for businesses along the Silver Line: Read more

This morning, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles announced a target date of Saturday, July 26th for the opening of the Silver Line.

On the morning of the 26th, Metro will host an inaugural event for the Silver Line, and additional details about that event will be released next week.  The five new Silver Line stations will open to customers at Noon, and the first Silver Line train will depart Wiehle-Reston East, bound for Largo Town Center, at that time.

The Airports Authority and Bechtel have remained on schedule to close a number of punch list items.  The service date will be possible to achieve if Bechtel continues to complete its work on time, the station Certificates of Occupancy are obtained, no significant new issues arise from the Tri-State Oversight Committee or FTA reviews, and no major concerns are discovered during the week of simulated service.

In preparation for passenger service, the week of simulated service for employee training will begin on Sunday, July 20th.  That means that Silver Line trains will be running, as they will once the line opens, to finalize employee familiarization and tweak any schedule conflicts that arise in operation. For riders, it means that the service changes associated with the Silver Line opening will actually take effect on the first weekday of simulated service – Monday, July 21st.  Specifically, during rush hours, two Blue Line trains per hour in each direction will be converted to Yellow Line trains.  Riders along the Blue Line will see trains just as frequently as they do today – just two more Yellow, and two fewer Blue each hour.  On the Orange Line, service at Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church will become consistent with other lines, with trains arriving and departing every 6 minutes during rush hours.

And one final note, the Silver Line trains operating in simulated service will not carry passengers to or from the new stations, but they WILL carry passengers along the existing Orange and Blue lines – between East Falls Church and Largo Town Center.  During the simulated service week, these trains will be identified on electronic signs as Orange Line trains.

We are excited to welcome passengers aboard the Silver Line!

Please join the Fairfax County Department of Transportation for a public workshop on June 18th to discuss planned bike and pedestrian facility improvements designed to provide access to and from the future Silver Line Metrorail Stations. Survey results from our public outreach efforts will be presented. Join members of your community to share your thoughts on walking and bicycling access to the future stations.

Follow the project online at www.hmsams.com.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
McNair Elementary School
2499 Thomas Jefferson Drive
Herndon, VA 20171

Hope to see you there! —Herndon Metrorail Station Access Study Project Team www.hmsams.com

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) plans and operates our regional transit - rail and bus - network.

To its credit WMATA has produced a long range plan - Momentum - that articulates specific investments it feels are necessary to maintain and improve that network.

Specific Momentum Plan priorities and cost estimates (2012 $$) include:

•    Eight Car Metro Trains and Power Supply -- $2 billion
•    Core Station Improvements -- $1 billion.
•    Metrobus Priority Corridor Network -- $600 million
•    New Blue Line/Rosslyn Connection -- $1 billion
•    Next Generation Communications -- $400 million
•    Bus Fleet Expansion -- $450 million
•    Pocket Track and Crossover Expansion -- $500 million

WMATA's network moves about 1.2 million trips per weekday, which according to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) constitute about 6% of all daily trips.
 
Some say WMATA's plan is too grand; others that it's not grand enough. However, these are strategic regional improvements worthy of consideration.
 
Contrast this to the total lack of effort to develop a short list of improvements of greatest regional significance for the region's highway network that moves 14 million trips per day.
 
The TPB - the entity ostensibly responsible for multi-modal regional transportation planning - recently published its Regional Transportation Priorities Plan (RTPP) that identified no specific highway or transit projects of greatest regional significance. The TPB leaves such "details" to state and local governments, none of which is responsible or accountable for the performance of the regional transportation network.
 
The National Capital Region's integrated regional economy is dependent upon a well-connected, multi-modal regional transportation framework.

But When Will Those We Elect Produce The Truly Multi-Modal Prioritized Transportation Plan Our Region Needs?

The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance is the only organization focused solely on making better transportation a reality for Northern Virginia citizens and businesses.


Contact Info:
The Alliance Alert is a free online update on regional transportation issues and public involvement opportunities provided by the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance. For more information on regional transportation issues and NVTA, please visit our website at www.nvta.org.

Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
P.O. Box 6149
McLean, Virginia 22106-6149
 
Tel: 703-883-1830
Fax: 703-883-1850
Email: info@nvta.org

Metro took control of the first phase of the Silver Line on May 27 at 5:30 a.m.  The milestone, known as the "Operational Readiness Date" (ORD), marked the point where care and control of the line was formally transferred from the Airports Authority to Metro. 

From today’s date, Metro has up to 90 days for testing and training prior to opening the line for passenger service this summer. 

The opening date will be set by the Metro Board of Directors.

When it opens this summer, Silver Line service will run from Wiehle-Reston East station to Largo Town Center, with trains every 6 minutes during rush hour and every 12 to 20 minutes at other times.  Five new stations will be added to the Metrorail system: McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East.

Work also has begun on Phase 2 of the project, which will connect the Metrorail system with Herndon, Washington Dulles International Airport and points in Loudoun County, Va.

Click here to read the news release on WMATA’s website.

On May 27, 2014, the Herndon Town Council approved the rezoning of the town-owned Station Street parking lot and ArtSpace Herndon property, located in Herndon’s downtown, to PD-TD (Planned Development - Traditional Downtown).

The rezoning will permit the vision for this site to become a reality, as described in the Downtown Master Plan adopted by the town council in 2011, as a mixed-use development that may include residential, retail/restaurants and office use. Incorporated in the development will be a jointly funded public/private parking structure to accommodate the town’s public shared parking program, future community parking requirements and parking for new residential and retail development.

In the interim, the property will continue to function as a parking lot and ArtSpace Herndon. In the coming months the town will be requesting Letters of Intent (LOI) from developers interested in redeveloping the town-owned land in Herndon’s downtown.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority reiterated its intention to hold tolls on the Dulles Toll Road at their current rate through 2018. The announcement, made at the Airports Authority’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday, is the result of a concerted effort to reduce costs on the Silver Line Project, which is funded in part by tolls, and remains predicated on receipt of a low-interest federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan and the previous commitment of $300 million by the Commonwealth of Virginia to off-set toll increases.

“Our objective from the very beginning of our stewardship of the Metrorail Project has been to reduce the burden placed on users of the Dulles Toll Road” said Airports Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Potter. “We have already realized significant savings from debt refinancing, a lower than expected winning bid for the major design-build contract for Phase 2 of the project and the important contribution of $300 million from the Commonwealth of Virginia during the 2013 legislative session. Securing the TIFIA loan is the final piece of the puzzle to let us freeze toll rates for the next five years.”

The Airports Authority, along with its project partners Fairfax County and Loudoun County, were invited to apply for a low-interest TIFIA loan in February. While the loan still requires final federal approval, it would directly benefit drivers on the toll road. By supplying financing at more favorable interest rates than through private capital markets, less money would need to be generated by tolls to cover long-term financing costs for the project. A decision on the loan application is expected in the near future.

At its meeting the board also authorized the issuance of $450 million Dulles Toll Road Revenue Refunding Bonds. If the TIFIA loan is approved, this round of bonds, which are guaranteed against future revenue generated by tolls on the Dulles Toll Road, would fund the remaining portion of the Dulles Toll Road share of the Silver Line Project.

“This is a significant milestone,” said Board Chairman Frank M. Conner III. “Assuming our TIFIA loan application is successful, and we have every indication it will be, when these bonds are issued later this year the Airports Authority will have secured financing for the full amount of the project expected to be covered by tolls from the Dulles Toll Road. This will allow us to take much of the uncertainty out of future toll rates and to work to find additional cost savings that can be passed along to drivers.”

The bonds are expected to be issued in May.

Airports Authority Statement Regarding TIFIA Loan Approval

A statement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority regarding the approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation of a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

The Airports Authority applied for the loan in conjunction with its local partners on the Metrorail Project, Fairfax County and Loudoun County.

The approval of a federal low-interest TIFIA loan for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project is a victory for users of the Dulles Toll Road, whose toll payments help fund construction of the Silver Line extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail public transit system. The Airports Authority’s objective has always been to keep tolls on the Dulles Toll Road as low as possible, and the TIFIA loan is a major factor in meeting that objective.

Thanks to the favorable interest rates the loan provides, as well as $300 million committed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Airports Authority will be able to hold tolls at current levels through 2018 and to limit future toll increases.

Today’s announcement is the result of a collaborative effort. We appreciate the support and dedication of Northern Virginia’s Congressional delegation, legislators and officials in Richmond and the numerous local elected, business and community leaders, all of whom have helped make this day possible. The Airports Authority will work closely with the Department of Transportation and our project partners to finalize the remaining loan agreement, and we look forward to closing on the loan in the coming weeks, even as we work to identify additional cost savings that will benefit Toll Road users.

Improving Access to Dulles Airport Loudoun County Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM

Liberty Elementary School
25491 Riding Center Drive, South Riding, VA 20152

Access to dulles airport public hearing.

ESI Lorton landfill faces an uncertain future.

Were it to be removed, it would require that all construction debris be processed through transfer facilities before transporting the remaining 400,000 tons per year of material long distances for landfilling. The increased cost of processing materials in this manner would add significant costs to construction and redevelopment in the Dulles Region.

Click here to read a letter to members of the Transportation Subcommittee from the Bi-County Partnership (representing employers in Loudoun and Prince William Counties and the Dulles Region), opposing several amendments to the biannual budget.

HB 2 et al. - Commonwealth Transportation Board; allocations within highway construction districts.
Provision includes funding allocations for the Northern Virginia highway construction district and the Hampton Roads highway construction district be made by giving priority to the projects expected to provide the greatest congestion reduction relative to the cost of the project.
Study of Potomac River Crossings. Directs VDOT to consider the results of a demand study concerning possible construction of an additional Potomac River crossings between Virginia and Maryland between the American Legion Bridge (I-495) and the Point of Rocks Bridge (U.S. Route 15).

HB 70 - Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability.
Vests the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability with the power and duty to make performance reviews of state agencies with transportation responsibilities to ensure that funds appropriated to those agencies are being used for their intended purposes and in accord with legislative intent.

HB 237 - Telework Grant Program.
Establishes the Telework Grant Program, to be administered by the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, to administer grants in the amount of $250 for individuals who telework at least 20 hours per week for at least 45 weeks of a calendar year.

HB 426 - I-66 improvements.
Requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board to include in the next update of its Six-Year Improvement Program a project to add at least two non-high-occupancy vehicle lanes in each direction to I-66 inside the Capital Beltway.

HB 1090 - Smart Travel Program; incorporation of new technologies and innovations in transportation.
Requires Secretary of Transportation and Department of Transportation to revise and update the state's Smart Travel Program of 2006 by evaluating and incorporating, where appropriate, new smart road technologies and other innovations in transportation.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce opposes HB 647 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

This bill places limits and conditions on use of Commonwealth revenues to support Phase II of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. We oppose this bill because the result would not be to reduce the cost of the Dulles Toll Road, and the legislation, if passed, would be harmful to the continued growth and success of a significant economic engine for our region, Dulles Airport.

SB 150 (Stewart) and HB 375 (O'Quinn) - This legislation would protect Virginia businesses by establishing a standard for Bad Faith Assertion of Patent Infringement to make it far more difficult for threatening demand letters to be sent in bad faith in the Commonwealth.

Northern Virginia strongly opposes any proposal to eliminate Cost of Competing for support positions in FY 2015 and FY 2016; in fact, the factor should be fully funded at 24.61%, as affirmed by a 2012 JLARC study.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved the Fairfax County 6-Year Transportation Plan, a $1.4 billion plan to fund transportation projects that will widen roads, improve intersections, enhance transit and construct pedestrian and bicycle facilities across the County.
 
Less than one year ago, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Transportation Plan (HB 2313).  The 6-Year Transportation Plan is a consequence of that bill and was enacted after a year of intense dialogue with citizens on what they perceived to be the neediest projects.

Priorities:

  • Secure new, sustainable, reliable, long-term regional and statewide transportation funding to meet our critical transportation construction and maintenance needs.
  • Secure additional state funding to support completion of the Dulles Corridor Rail Project in order to minimize the impact of increasing tolls for Dulles Toll Road users and ensure that one of the Commonwealth’s major economic development drivers remains affordably accessible.

DRCC worked aggressively throughout the session to support passage of a transportation package that would achieve the top two priorities, maintaining a focus on the outcomes more so than on how to achieve those outcomes. At the conclusion of the session, a bipartisan consensus transportation package was passed by both bodies with strong support from the Governor that addresses the priorities above and accomplishes the following:

  • Generates sufficient revenue to address the transportation construction and infrastructure needs at the state level, as well as  in the two most congested regions of the Commonwealth;
  • Provides a dynamic funding source for transportation that grows with the economy;
  • Attempts to tap revenue from sources that have a nexus to transportation system uses, as possible;
  • Eliminates the maintenance-construction cross-over challenge;
  • Provides a dedicated funding source for Mass Transit and the Intercity Passenger Rail Fund – it is important to note that this includes $300 million in additional state funding that will be dedicated to Phase 2 of the Dulles Rail project; and
  • Reflects a compromise on the use of existing General Funds for transportation.

It is also important to note that the Secretary of Transportation is committed to using $87 million of these new funds to redesign the I-66/Route 28 intersection, and widen Route 606 west of Dulles Airport. These are the two largest unfunded projects in the greater Dulles/Loudoun area at this time.

Beyond the transportation funding legislation, DRCC also worked actively to oppose a series of bills that would have harmed Virginia’s Public-Private Transportation Act and discouraged private sector entities from investing in Virginia’s transportation infrastructure. Maintaining P3s as a tool in Virginia is critical, particularly given our significant transportation funding shortfalls.  We were very pleased none of these bills advanced this session.

On behalf of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project team is sharing this with our stakeholders. Metro has launched a website – www.silverlinemetro.com – for information on the Silver Line.  The site will be updated frequently with new service details, destinations, and partner information. If you have additions to suggest or links you would like Metro to include, please email your comments to externalrelations@wmata.com. For construction-related emergencies including noise, please use the project HOTLINE at 877-585-6789. For further information about the project, please visit their project website at www.dullesmetro.com or call 703-572-0506.

The Airports Authority is announcing today that the expected substantial completion of Phase 1 of the Metrorail Silver Line Project could be delayed by approximately eight weeks. The additional time is needed for further testing to assure safety and performance prior to transferring the rail line to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The delay in substantial completion is expected to have an impact on the start of revenue service, the date of which will be set by WMATA.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has scheduled its third round of public meetings on the Countywide Transit Network Study to provide an update on current progress and to seek feedback from the community. The public meeting, scheduled for July 10, 2013 at the Fairfax County Government Center, will be held in an open house format from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a twenty-minute presentation at 7:00 p.m. Additional meeting details are provided in the attached flyer.

We welcome your participation in the public meeting and workshop where we will discuss the Proposed High Quality Transit Network (HQTN) Concept. Our previous public meeting in November included discussion of preliminary network concepts and study alternatives. We are now at the important juncture of providing preliminary recommendations for the HQTN. Based on an evaluation of preliminary network concepts and an analysis of demand, cost effectiveness, land use and infrastructure, a preliminary HQTN was derived.

 To make our effort more attainable to the public and to obtain input from the community, we have also developed an IdeaScale discussion board. Your ideas and comments will serve as valuable input in helping to guide the study.   

 A project website has also been developed to keep residents up to date on project related news.

 If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 703-877-5600.


These changes in the Reston-Herndon area have been approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and will go into effect with the opening  of the Wiehle-Reston East station, now scheduled to open in January 2014.

Hunter Mill Bus Route Changes:

A new 599 express route from Reston to the Pentagon and Crystal City replaces Routes 595 and 597.  It will basically run parallel to the Silver Line.

Route 555 from the Sunset Hills Park and Ride in Reston to the West Falls Church Station discontinued. Residents able to use the new 505 route from Reston Town Center to West Falls Church instead, with service to both the Sunset Hills and Reston North Park and Rides.

Route 507 (Hunter Mill): Implement a new weekday bus route that will originate from Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station and provide bus service to the east along Sunset Hills Road, Hunter Mill Road, Sunrise Valley Drive and Wiehle Avenue.

Route 558 (Hunter Mill): Implement new midday, evening and weekend bus route that originates at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station providing bus (86) Board Agenda Item June 4, 2013 service along Center Harbor Drive, Reston Parkway, Wiehle Avenue, Barron Cameron Avenue, Lake Fairfax Drive, Hunt Club Road, Ring Road and North Shore Drive.

Route 559 (Hunter Mill): Implement new midday, evening and weekend bus route that provides a transit link between the Reston South Park-and-Ride Lot and Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station providing bus service along Reston Parkway, Glade Drive, Twin Branches Drive, Sunrise Valley Drive, Wiehle Avenue, Soapstone Drive and Lawyers Road.

 Several routes are  modified to now use the Wiehle-Reston East station as their terminus, along with some schedule changes. They include Routes 551, 552, 553, 554, and 557.

A recent breakfast gathering of the transportation cognoscenti of the region and hosted by the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance posed the question: How our various Northern Virginia jurisdictions will split up the pie of new transportation money? County leaders or their representatives from Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington and Loudoun comprised the panel of presenters. Perhaps the most interesting information, however, came from the discussion sheets provided to the audience.

To preface what we found on the sheets, readers need to recall that several years ago, voters approved the formation of a Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, which until now has had no abilities to function as intended, since there was no transportation money. That changed with the passage of the Governor’s transportation package, which makes available $189,475,000  for FY 14 projects. The Authority is comprised of appointees drawn mainly from the chairs/mayors of the nine cities and counties comprising the Authority, along with a smattering of General Assembly members, transportation officials and gubernatorial appointees. By its nature, the pie will be split according to parochial interests.

There is another transportation group that has been on the ground for a number of years, the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, headed by Bob Chase. Bob and his organizations are the gurus to which our chamber and most all other chambers pay attention when questions arise about transportation. They are non-partisan and they are expert at roads and bridges. Mass transit is not part of their core mission.

So now, back to the sheets.  Both groups were tasked with providing a list of their prioritized projects for spending the new money. The Authority and the Alliance completely disagreed on designated projects for Fairfax County. The Fairfax representatives of the Authority proposed: 

  1. widening to 6-8 lanes for Route 28
  2. a design/build for the Innovation Center Metrorail Station for which the County just agreed to assume the debt
  3. several smaller improvements in Herndon. 

The Alliance chose instead: 

  1. support rehabilitating I-66 outside the Beltway to a new multi-modal facility with additional conventional lands and rail extension right-of-way to Centreville, along with upgrade of the Route 28/I-66 interchange
  2. Widen to 6-8 lanes for Route 7 between Tysons Corner and the Loudoun line
  3. widen to 6-8 lanes on Fairfax County Parkway between the Dulles Toll Road and Rte. 50
  4. Add two lanes on Rte. 50 (Arlington Blvd.) between Fairfax Circle to I-495. 

For Loudoun County, its Authority members requested: 

  1. Construction start of Route 28 hot spot improvements (Sterling Blvd. to Dulles Toll Road)
  2. Design start of grade separation  at Rte. 15 Leesburg  Bypass  and Edwards Ferry Road
  3. Leesburg Park and Ride
  4. 2 new transit buses
  5. Widening of Rte.  15 from Rte. 7 Bypass south to Rte. 234 in Prince William County 

Meanwhile, the Alliance was recommending: 

  • Rte. 50 widening from FC line west to Rte. 15
  • Adding 2-4 lanes on Rte. 7 Bypass between Leesburg and Purcellville
  • Widening Rte. 60 as part of the Dulles Loop and constructing an interchange at Rte. 50
  • Completion of Gloucester Parkway to Rte. 28 to alleviate Rte. 625 corridor congestion 

Both the Authority and the Alliance concurred about widening Rte. 659 (Belmond Ridge Road)north of the Dulles Greenway.

The most expensive projects (as estimated by the Authority) for Fairfax would be the Innovation Center Metrorail Station at $41,000,000, followed by  the Rte. 28 widening from the Toll Road to Rte. 50, priced at $20,000,000.  Loudoun’s most expensive project would be the Belmont Ridge Road design/build at $20,000.

Only the Authority requested monies for public transit alternatives such as work at 3 VRE stations and two WMATA projects:  traction power upgrades on the Orange Line and 10 new buses on Virginia routes, together totaling $12,000,000.

What does this mean to us the citizens? It gives you two varying views of how to prioritize transportation needs, one from a mainly legislative body, one from a transportation expert viewpoint, one encompassing both roads and mass transit, the other just roads. I hope you will use it as a road map to inform your own point of view and to share that with your legislators. It will be the Authority that cuts the pie. For more information, please visit our website.

The Airports Authority is announcing today that the expected substantial completion of Phase 1 of the Metrorail Silver Line Project could be delayed by approximately eight weeks. The additional time is needed for further testing to assure safety and performance prior to transferring the rail line to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The delay in substantial completion is expected to have an impact on the start of revenue service, the date of which will be set by WMATA.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC) strongly supports efficient spending of the new regional and statewide transportation funding passed during the 2013 session to focus on construction and maintenance that will improve and enable greater safety, congestion relief and economic development. Protecting the funds within the Transportation Trust Fund, encouraging public-private partnership projects, and continuing to identify ways to increase the use of technology and improved efficiencies within our transportation system also remain critical.

The Dulles Regional Chamber strongly opposes to any legislative action that will delay, create unnecessary barriers or otherwise hamper progress to move forward on planning and construction of the critical Bi-County Parkway project.  This regional project will provide a major return on investment for Virginia for a number of compelling reasons. Specifically, it will:

  • Foster the creation of new jobs and economic development throughout the region.
  • Enhance and protect one of the Commonwealth’s most important and vulnerable historic sites – Manassas National Battlefield – by removing Route 234 from the heart of the Battlefield.
  • Greatly improve access to Washington Dulles International Airport, one of the major economic drivers in the state.
  • Provide much-needed congestion relief for 37,000 daily travelers moving between the eastern and western areas of the Region each day – a number that will swell to 72,000 by 2040 (up 91%).

In addition, completion of this project will have impacts far beyond the immediate region, speeding access to Washington Dulles for communities along the Route 29 Corridor, the Shenandoah Valley, and in the Winchester area.  With improved airport access, these areas would be primed to attract high tech additive manufacture and other airport related industries.  It will also improve access to Washington Dulles from Richmond, Hampton Roads and other parts of the Commonwealth.  It will also improve access to the major urban business centers in the Region.

In sum, the Bi-County Parkway means more jobs for Virginia, preserving our rich history, safer travel for our citizens, fewer environmental impacts and less congestion for our commuters.  With the project having been on both counties’ comprehensive plans for approximately the past 20 years, and it having been under study by VDOT since 2001, the time has come to build this critical regional infrastructure project.

DRCC applauds the Governor, as well as leaders on both sides of the political aisle and in both houses, for making transportation a top priority this session. 

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC) believes that efforts to secure new, sustainable, reliable, long-term regional and statewide transportation funding to meet our critical transportation construction and maintenance needs is a top priority. DRCC also supports protecting the funds within the Transportation Trust Fund, encouraging public-private partnership projects, and continuing to identify ways to increase the use of technology and improve efficiencies within our transportation system, which are all components of the Governor’s proposed transportation package.  Given the tremendous transportation needs that face the Commonwealth and the fact that transportation funding is a core government service that is the state’s responsibility to fund, DRCC also supports the use of some General Fund money for transportation purposes. 

In addition, DRCC strongly supports completion of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to Washington Dulles International Airport and eastern Loudoun County, and securing additional state funding to reduce projected toll increase levels associated with the project, which this package would enable through the additional $300 million in state funding for Dulles Rail referenced in the Governor’s plan. This type of additional state investment is critical to the long-term economic development sustainability for the entire Commonwealth as well as reducing the burden Dulles Toll Road users will pay for Phase 2 of this infrastructure project. 

It is critical to understand that new transportation infrastructure is an investment, not a cost, and historically Commonwealth spending on cost effective transportation projects, such as the Fairfax County Parkway, Route 28 and I-66 widening in northern Virginia, has yielded a direct return in new economic activity and tax revenues that greatly exceed Virginia’s initial investment. It is equally important to understand that failure to invest more in transportation will result in economic decline. 

Many of you have seen the recent installation of barricades and construction activity on Route 28 southbound near its intersection with the I-66 eastbound exit and I would like to update you on what is taking place at this location.  The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is extending the Route 28 southbound left-turn lanes to the I-66 eastbound ramps.  The extension of the turn lanes will provide additional capacity, enhance safety by getting stopped vehicles out of the through lane, and provide some congestion relief.  The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of this year.
 
Clearly, this is a temporary solution to the greater congestion problems at this intersection.  I've been working with Delegate Jim LeMunyon and Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton to construct the ultimate interchange at this location and monies have been allocated for the design of this project.  In April of this year, VDOT held a public meeting to present two design options for the improvements.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is requesting that this project receive monies for construction as part of the VDOT Six-Year Plan.  Here is a link to the VDOT web page for this project.

Design Guidelines, Zoning Regulations for Metrorail Area Under Review by Herndon's Town Council

The Herndon Town Council is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, November 12, on draft zoning ordinance regulations and urban and architectural design guidelines for redevelopment in the vicinity of the Herndon stop for Metrorail's Silver Line, slated to open in 2018.  Included is a proposed rezoning for 10 properties near the future station, designated as the Herndon Transit-Oriented Core. 

The hearing begins at 7pm and will be held in the council chambers at 765 Lynn St., Herndon.  The council is hoping to hear from as many business owners and citizens as possible before making its decision.  Click here to view the documents and attend the hearing or contact the council with your thoughts at town.clerk@herndon-va.gov


November 2013 -Provided by Town of Herndon's: On Board, E-Newsletter for the Town of Herndon's Business Community.

 

Completion of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to Washington Dulles International Airport and eastern Loudoun County, and securing additional federal, state and private-sector funding to reduce projected toll increase levels associated with the project is a top priority to the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC).  DRCC also continues to strongly support efforts to secure new, sustainable, long-term regional and statewide transportation funding to meet our critical transportation construction and maintenance needs.

DRCC applauds the Governor, as well as leaders on both sides of the political aisle and in both houses, for making transportation a top priority this session. 

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC) believes those efforts to secure new, sustainable, reliable, long-term regional and statewide transportation funding to meet our critical transportation construction and maintenance needs is a top priority. DRCC also supports protecting the funds within the Transportation Trust Fund, encouraging public-private partnership projects, and continuing to identify ways to increase the use of technology and improve efficiencies within our transportation system, which are all components of the Governor’s proposed transportation package.  Given the tremendous transportation needs that face the Commonwealth and the fact that transportation funding is a core government service that is the state’s responsibility to fund, DRCC also supports the use of some General Fund money for transportation purposes. 

In addition, DRCC strongly supports completion of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to Washington Dulles International Airport and eastern Loudoun County, and securing additional state funding to reduce projected toll increase levels associated with the project, which this package would enable through the additional $300 million in state funding for Dulles Rail referenced in the Governor’s plan. This type of additional state investment is critical to the long-term economic development sustainability for the entire Commonwealth as well as reducing the burden Dulles Toll Road users will pay for Phase 2 of this infrastructure project. 

It is critical to understand that new transportation infrastructure is an investment, not a cost, and historically Commonwealth spending on cost effective transportation projects, such as the Fairfax County Parkway, Route 28 and I-66 widening in northern Virginia, has yielded a direct return in new economic activity and tax revenues that greatly exceed Virginia’s initial investment. It is equally important to understand that failure to invest more in transportation will result in economic decline. 

Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the new Route 7 eastbound bridge over the Capital Beltway on or about June 12.  Fluor-Lane will then begin work on the center section of the old bridge.  Crews will begin removing the old center section during overnight hours.  This work will take several weeks to complete.  Once the old span is removed construction will begin on the final section of the new Route 7 span over I-495.

It wasn’t quick. It wasn’t easy. And for some time the outcome was in doubt.

However, at the end of a very long day, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) voted to establish a new Northern Virginia North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance (CoSS).

This is the first time in over a decade that the Commonwealth has acknowledged the need for a new multi-modal transportation corridor in Northern Virginia. Previously, CoSS designation had been awarded only to existing corridors.

This is indeed an important historic step. By itself it does not guarantee a Bi-County or Tri-County Parkway or any other specific multi-modal improvement. Only our continued persistence can do that. However, it does place an important state imprimatur on it and makes certain that this long-neglected corridor is neglected no more.

On April 13th Learn Why Federal Transportation Funding Reauthorization and 2010 Census Results Really Matter for Northern Virginia.

Virginia is far more dependent upon federal transportation dollars than most states and the 2010 census offers real insight into how people travel and where future dollars should be spent.

Federal funding reauthorization has been in limbo for two years. When and for what purposes funds are reauthorized will have a major impact on Virginia's transportation program. So too will the extent to which future transportation funds are focused in areas with the greatest needs.
 
Noted transportation expert and Commuting in America series author Alan Pisarski will address and take questions on these topics on April 13th.
 
This is a must attend event for those concerned about the wise investment of our ransportation dollars.

What:     Future Federal Transportation Policy and Travel Trends

When:    April 13, 2011 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
                7:30 a.m. - Registration
                8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
                8:30 a.m. - Program begins

Where:   Waterford at Fair Oaks
              12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
               Fairfax, Virginia  22033

For more information call: 703-883-1830; email: info@nvta.org

Fairfax County Board Votes 8 - 2 toExtend Trash Incinerator Service Agreement

Business Coalition in Opposition to Purchase Praises Decision

This afternoon the Board of Supervisors voted 8 - 2 to extend the service agreement with Covanta Fairfax, Inc. rather than purchase the I-95 Waste-to-Energy plant. The Dulles Regional Chamber and other members of the business community defended this public-private partnership in opposition to the county borrowing and spending $417.5 million plus about $400 million in interest to buy the facility. The business coalition represented more than 2,400 businesses with more than 200,000 employees in Fairfax County

The Coalition's evaluation concurred with County staff's conclusion that it was more cost effective for the County to extend the service agreement for at least the next 17 years than it was for the County to borrow and spend millions to buy the facility.

Today's decision is a great victory to promoting and sustaining public private partnerships.  The business community praises the efforts of all those who have negotiated this great deal for the citizens and businesses of Fairfax County.  We thank the Board of Supervisors for bringing forward a good business decision.

On March 16, 2011, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is scheduled to determine whether to designate the Bi-County and Tri-County Parkways as Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS).

A major factor in Northern Virginia becoming the nation's most traffic-congested region is the failure to build many parkways, particularly north-south, planned decades ago to support today's land use patterns and traffic demands. In many cases local governments took planned facilities off their maps.

In 2009 the Virginia House and Senate by unanimous vote authorized the CTB to designate corridors of statewide significance and initiate necessary studies to help advance them as public-private sector partnerships or conventional projects. To date the CTB has awarded such designation only to existing corridors such as I-66 and I-95.

The Bi-County and Tri-County Parkways represent badly needed north-south links to Washington Dulles International Airport and Northern Virginia employment centers.

Forces with a history of opposing the 2002 Bond Referendum, the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge, new Potomac River Crossings, I-66 improvements, Governor McDonnell's bond package and virtually every other regional improvement of significance are railing against this designation.

To register your support for CoSS designation for the Bi-County and Tri-County Parkways, use the document below to send a letter on your letterhead to Secretary Connaughton. THANK YOU!

The Honorable Sean T. Connaughton, Chairman
Commonwealth Transportation Board
1111 East Broad Street, Room
Richmond, Virginia

Dear Secretary Connaughton:

The undersigned (or individual organization) request that the Commonwealth Transportation Board designate the Bi-County and Tri-County Parkways as Corridors of Statewide Significance and to initiate the necessary studies and actions to protect required rights of way and ultimately construct both facilities.

The need for additional north-south multi-modal capacity and the benefits of both Parkways have been well-documented by the Commonwealth’s 2005 Tri-County Parkway Location Study and other analysis. Both parkways appear on local comprehensive land use and transportation plans.

Northern Virginia is the nation’s most congested region in large part due to the failure to complete a previously planned transportation grid. Most planned radial connections to our metropolitan region’s core have been completed; many essential north south links have not. The result, as recently confirmed by a national study, is that our radial corridors are overwhelmed by traffic for lack of alternatives.

Washington Dulles International Airport is widely acknowledged to be a major economic engine for the Commonwealth and, in particular, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties. However, the Airport’s ability to fulfill its potential is heavily dependent upon improved accessibility for passengers, freight and workers from the north and south. The Bi-County and Tri-County Parkways are key missing links. 

Job creation and sustained regional prosperity are heavily dependent upon a mobile and accessible work force. Loudoun and Prince William Counties are among Virginia’s fastest growing communities. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments projects that much of the region’s future population and job growth will occur in or adjacent to these counties. Attracting and keeping cutting edge employers requires improved north-south connectivity.

Such facilities also will help move people out of harm’s way in the event of homeland security emergency

In short, Corridor of Statewide Significance designation for the Bi-County and Tri-County Parkway is essential to improved regional mobility, quality of life, long-term prosperity and security. The (name) respectfully requests the Commonwealth Transportation Board to award such designation at its March 16, 2011 meeting.

The Dulles Regional Chamber supports managed, thoughtful growth in the Dulles Region. This includes meaningful dialogue between Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, and between them and the Commonwealth, to provide support for well planned commercial growth and development that will bring additional resources to the Dulles Region to help address the infrastructure challenges we face. The Chamber supports use of public-private partnerships and other creative initiatives to encourage the availability of resources to invest in critical infrastructure, including schools, transportation, technology, parks and recreational facilities, and public safety, to meet the needs of today’s businesses and residents.

Transportation:

The Dulles Regional Chamber assigns top priority to securing new, sustainable regional and statewide transportation funding To that end, restoring regional funding (without prejudice) and addressing the Commonwealth’s growing statewide maintenance deficit should be a major priority of the 2010 General Assembly session. Responsibility for enacting new regional funding rests with the General Assembly, not local governments.

To better direct transportation allocations, the Chamber supports development of a performance-based statewide transportation plan focused on existing and new corridors of statewide and regional significance. Such a plan should include a short list of strategic priorities deemed most essential to the Commonwealth’s long-term prosperity, safety, security and quality of life.

The Chamber supports continued reforms within the Virginia Department of Transportation and use of public private partnerships, but believes that such initiatives are no substitute for the new funding required to address the growing backlog of unfunded priorities.

At the local/regional level, the Dulles Regional Chamber supports construction of a comprehensive transportation grid. The Chamber urges the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to be regional in its approach above all else, to establish regional priorities based upon performance-based criteria and to select Technical Advisory Committee members with strong professional credentials and regional perspectives. The Chamber further urges the Authority to leverage and invest new local, regional and state revenues in regional solutions that move the most people in the most cost-effective manner. The Chamber supports use of debt financing at the state, regional and local levels, accompanied by a dedicated revenue source for debt service, as an important tool to invest in transportation infrastructure.

The Chamber also supports more efficient use of current transportation dollars, including a re-examination of the state transportation allocation formula to provide for more emphasis on population, vehicle miles of travel and other congestion standards that would net a more equitable distribution of money for our region. The Chamber opposes using revenue from the Transportation Trust Fund for non-transportation purposes. The Chamber also endorses requiring the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund to be self-sustaining and supports efforts to prohibit transfer of construction funds from the Transportation Trust Fund to disguise maintenance funding deficiencies
In terms of specific projects, the Dulles Regional Chamber supports:

  • Completion of the conversion of Route 28 into an eight-lane limited access freeway between I-66 and Route 7, including completion of projects on Route 28’s access roads;
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  • Restoration of the Western Transportation Corridor to the County’s Comprehensive Plan and completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Study;
  • Upgrading the Route 606 and Route 50 corridors around Dulles Airport, completing a high capacity “Dulles Loop;”
  • Expansion of Route 50, and improvements to the collector road network and interchanges in Dulles South area;
  • Upgrading Route 7 to a limited access roadway between Leesburg and Tysons Corner, with an emphasis on the Route 7/Route 659 interchange;
  • Identification of rights of way for and construction of additional Potomac River crossings;
  • Acceleration, including identification of additional funding, for the completion of the Loudoun County Parkway and Tri-County Parkway along the County’s Comprehensive Plan alignment;
  • Acceleration of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to Washington Dulles International Airport and eastern Loudoun County and efforts to secure additional federal, state and private-sector funding for the project; and
  • Multi-modal access to all the new Dulles Rail stations.

The Dulles Regional Chamber also supports consideration of graduated tolling and other options along the Dulles Greenway in order to determine if there can be increased utilization of that existing transportation corridor and reduced use of alternative, congested routes.

The Dulles Regional Chamber has long supported a sustainable revenue source for transit construction, operation and maintenance needs and urges that a portion of new regional revenues be dedicated for such purpose. We also support local transit to serve the major businesses and job centers in the County and the use of advanced technology and integrated communications, as well as teleworking, to help alleviate traffic congestion.

The Chamber acknowledges the importance of efforts to conserve and ensure the efficient use of energy and fuels. In addition, with regard to the environment, the Chamber believes the greatest reductions in greenhouse gases in the transportation sector will be achieved through the development of higher mileage and alternative fuel vehicles, and supports greater investments in these and other carbon dioxide reducing technologies. The Chamber also supports more intense use of the land to leverage the value of transportation investments to the best extent possible and encourage walkable communities.

The Dulles Regional Chamber recognizes the economic and tourism value of Washington Dulles International Airport. Therefore, the Chamber supports continued infrastructure investment at Washington Dulles International Airport, including the automated airport train system and new security area, construction of one additional runway, and expansion of concourses to provide additional aircraft gates and amenities. Further, the Chamber strongly supports maintaining compatible land uses in the areas surrounding the airport.