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  • June 20, 2016: Guidance to minimize the disruption of Metro’s SafeTrack June 20, 2016: Guidance to minimize the disruption of Metro’s SafeTrack

    The Board of Trade has spent the past several weeks developing guidance to minimize the disruption of Metro’s SafeTrack on your operations and your employees’ commute. We have worked through an excellent task force, partnered with the Washington Business Journal for a special supplement and resource guide (to come out later this week), contracted with preparedness experts Witt O’Brien’s to develop a tool kit and conducted a 200-person special briefing in collaboration with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

    A special online section has been created where you will find all of these resources and more:

    • Employers guide to minimizing SafeTrack disruptions
    • Employee survey to assess commuting patterns and opportunities for alternatives
    • Employee preparedness guideline plan
    • An extensive resource directory - - with links to almost every option, alternative and available services
    • Best practices from four area leading companies (GEICO, MedStar, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Booz Allen Hamilton)
    • Link to the audio of the briefing that includes the transportation directors from six counties across Greater Washington and the Chief Operating Officer of Metro

    A special arrangement has been made with Enterprise Holdings to extend a very special car pool and van pool electronic matching service called Zimride that you will hear more about in the coming days. This service makes a private match available to all Board of Trade member companies’ employees at no cost.


    Metro SafeTrack will last almost a year in order to tackle the necessary work to get Metro back to a safe and reliable transit system. This work will be disruptive and our efforts on your behalf were designed to help you minimize the disruption as much as possible. I hope you find these materials to be of value.
    Sincerely,
     
    James C. Dinegar
    President and CEO

    Click here for direct access to the comprehensive resource page on our website.


    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Savannah Kaiser
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319; skaiser@dullesregionalchamber.org

    May 23, 2016: General Manager Wiedefeld fully grasps and reveals WMATA’s challenges May 23, 2016: General Manager Wiedefeld fully grasps and reveals WMATA’s challenges

    Derailed
    By Alex Altman

    Paul Wiedefeld knew Metro was a mess before he agreed to become its CEO. But it wasn’t until about a month into the job that he grasped the scale of the problems at Washington’s troubled transit agency. One morning late last year, he ducked into D.C.’s Union Station for a short ride to work. Nothing catastrophic had happened: there were no plumes of smoke nor any fireballs, both of which have been known to mar Metro commutes.

    But a minor railcar shortage had slowed the Red Line to a crawl, and the platforms were crammed–a sight so familiar that the station manager barely reacted. Wiedefeld, however, was stunned. “I blew a gasket,” he recalls, sitting in his downtown office at a conference table plastered with transit maps. “This organization has become numb.”

    These days the capital’s 118-mile (190 km) rail system makes Capitol Hill look competent by comparison. Metro is beset by chronic delays and frequent breakdowns. Its finances are in tatters. Riders are fleeing in frustration. Everything from the tracks and the trains to the signals and the switches have slipped into disrepair, sparking increasingly frequent fires and threats from federal regulators to shutter the system. Ten riders have died in two incidents caused by mechanical problems since 2009.

    For decades, leaders of the Washington Area Transit Authority sought to address these issues but instead merely managed the agency’s decline. Wiedefeld, 60, is bringing a bolder approach. When a tunnel fire broke out in March, the hard-charging boss ordered the entire system to close–on a Wednesday, with less than 24 hours’ notice–disrupting the movement of hundreds of thousands of daily customers, including much of the federal workforce. On May 6, he announced a massive yearlong maintenance overhaul that will cripple commutes, challenge employers and hobble businesses.

    Wiedefeld knows he’s testing the region’s tolerance. But in a city that’s famous for dysfunction, he’s betting that customers and voters will accept a little bit more of it–at least for a while–if it begins to fix Metro’s problems. “We cannot go on the way we’ve been managing this system,” he explains. “That’s not what I came to do.”

    The stakes are bigger than Metro’s survival. If he succeeds, Wiedefeld could chart a new path for officials who are struggling to overcome sluggish bureaucracies and improve the nation’s decaying infrastructure. Across the country, roads, bridges and dams are crumbling. In a 2013 report card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a D+ grade and called for $3.6 trillion in investment by 2020. The consequences of delaying hard choices are evident from the pipes of Flint, Mich., to the levees of New Orleans to the fatal collapse of a Minneapolis bridge in 2007. Cash-strapped local governments have created long-term problems by dodging short-term challenges.

    “What’s happened in the Washington Metro has happened, in one form or another, to most of the infrastructure in the U.S.,” says Richard Ravitch, who led the successful turnaround of the graffiti-scarred New York City subway in the 1980s. Which is why leaders are watching Wiedefeld’s Metro experiment with interest. If the new boss can fix the nation’s worst transit system, D.C. could find itself in an unlikely role: example to emulate.

    When it opened in 1976, Metro was a symbol of Washington’s ambitions, a subterranean monument to match the marble temples on the National Mall. The trains were new and punctual. The stations were cool and clean, with striking architectural flourishes. Expansion proved to be an economic engine, revitalizing neighborhoods and linking the suburbs to the city’s downtown core. “It was a pretty happy system up through the late 1990s,” says Zachary Schrag, a history professor at George Mason University in Virginia and the author of a book about Metro.

    Yet from the start, Metro was saddled with two structural flaws. First, each line runs on just two tracks–New York City’s subway generally has four–which makes it difficult to perform maintenance while still shuttling commuters. And though Metro needs $3 billion per year to operate, it is the only major U.S. transit system without its own dedicated revenue stream, like a specific tax.

    As a result, Metro has to wheedle hundreds of millions of dollars each year out of a patchwork of jurisdictions–the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and the federal government–whose politicians have limited cash and competing priorities. “Metro is an institutional orphan,” says Richard White, acting CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, who ran Metro for a decade. “When it came time to take care of what needed to be done to keep things in order, everybody headed for cover.”

    As far back as the early 1990s, Metro’s boss was warning that the organization would face future peril without the funding to embark on a major rebuilding project. That midlife upkeep never happened. By 2004, White declared that the system was falling into a “death spiral.”

    Events proved him right. “The ideal thing would be to rebuild the entire system from scratch,” says Jack Evans, a D.C. city councilman and the chairman of Metro’s board of directors. Evans recently jolted the region’s residents by suggesting that entire lines could be closed for months. At a congressional hearing in April, he demanded that the feds pony up some $300 million a year to help forestall future safety calamities. “Next time something happens, I’m blaming you guys,” Evans said, wagging a finger. Florida Representative John Mica, a Republican, shot back that federal taxpayers wouldn’t bail out “the most screwed-up mess I’ve ever seen in business or government.”

    Wiedefeld has forged ahead. His sprawling overhaul, which begins on June 4, will shut down sections of track and snarl huge swaths of the system to catch up on critical maintenance. There are tens of thousands of old wooden rail ties to swap out, fasteners to replace and aging insulators that keep sparking. Sleeves on power cables are missing or dangerously eroded by leaks in the tunnels. Some of the original 1976 trains are still in use; new ones are buggy.

    There is also the problem of workplace culture, as seen in the impassive reaction of that Red Line station manager. At a May 3 hearing into a 2015 smoke incident that killed one rider and sickened dozens, a National Transportation Safety Board member studied a litany of equipment malfunctions and operator mistakes and declared that Metro has “a severe learning disability.” Ask Wiedefeld what keeps him up at night, and he replies, “What hour?”

    A Baltimore native from a blue collar family, Wiedefeld now makes $397,500 running Metro. He’s “one of the most capable and effective leaders with whom I’ve ever worked,” says former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who hired him in 2007 to run the state’s transportation authority. Wiedefeld served two stints as the CEO of Baltimore Washington International Airport, where he boosted international traffic, built a new terminal that serves as a hub for Southwest Airlines and distinguished himself as a hands-on manager. “I am a bit of a taskmaster,” he says.

    So far the new boss has won accolades for making decisive moves. But Wiedefeld is still in the grace period before the incoming executive can be blamed for not solving the problems he inherited. And Wiedefeld knows that goodwill can quickly evaporate once he starts disrupting the commutes of hundreds of thousands of people per day. “This is 30 years in the making,” he says. “People’s patience is gone.”

    At the heart of the challenge is an equation that nobody has solved: how to balance complex variables like safety and convenience, and economics and efficiency, all while convincing politicians with more immediate priorities that they should forgo popular programs to invest in the unsexy realm of infrastructure. “They are always going to go back to their self-interest,” Wiedefeld says.

    That goes for his employees as well. On a drizzly May morning, Wiedefeld summoned some 650 senior managers for a state-of-the-organization meeting at a concert hall in suburban Maryland. It was the first such gathering in Metro’s 40-year history, and one of the first orders of business was explaining to the staff why he had written a memo warning that they could all be fired. “I’m certain many of you thought, What a jerk,” Wiedefeld said. Which may be what Metro needs.

  • May 2, 2016: Supervisor Letourneau and Supervisor Buffington Update on Northstar Boulevard May 2, 2016: Supervisor Letourneau and Supervisor Buffington Update on Northstar Boulevard

    Both the supervisor of the Dulles District and the supervisor of the Blue Ridge District are determined to provide another transportation connection between Dulles North and Dulles South.
    Today there is a lot of congestion within the Belmont Ridge Road, Evergreen Mills Road, and Stone Springs Boulevard corridor.  Supervisors Letourneau and Buffington expect the extension of Northstar Boulevard to be a solution to the congestion issue; however, funding is imperative.
    To learn more about what you can do to help improve transportation in the Dulles area or what this transportation project is about, click here.

  • March 24, 2016 - Arlington Memorial Bridge Deterioration March 24, 2016 - Arlington Memorial Bridge Deterioration

     The deterioration of the Arlington Memorial Bridge symbolizes the many decades of inadequate federal funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure.  Given the two to four year time period needed for maintenance paired with the lack of funding, it is predicted that the bridge will be closed to auto traffic by the year 2022.  

    Although this is a federal level issue, the deteriorating bridge has a huge impact on the people local to Washington, D.C.  It is up to Congress to take action and provide the missing federal infusion of $250 million that will help save this bridge.

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Savannah Kaiser
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319; skaiser@dullesregionalchamber.org

    May 2, 2016: VDOT to Host Public Information Meetings On I-66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening May 2, 2016: VDOT to Host Public Information Meetings On I-66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening

    During the second week of May, Virginia Department of Transportation is holding two public information meetings to discuss the widening of I-66 inside the Beltway from the Dulles Connector Road to Fairfax Drive.
    The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance is pleased the legislative session compromise between Governor McAuliffe and the House and Senate leadership has led to the start of this project.
    Click here to get more information on the upcoming meetings and learn more about the widening of I-66.
     

    March 7, 2016: Dulles Regional Chamber supports United Airlines March 7, 2016: Dulles Regional Chamber supports United Airlines

     March 7, 2016
    The Honorable Anthony Foxx
    Secretary
    United States Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, D.C. 20590

    Re: Docket DOT-OST-2016-0021

    Dear Mr. Secretary:

    On behalf of the 700+ members of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, I write in strong support of the application of United Airlines to provide air service between the U.S. and Cuba.  Specifically, United has applied for Saturday service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Havana’s José Martí International Airport.

    The Department should grant United’s request given the very significant economic and competitive benefits United’s services would provide, as well as the consumer benefits it would bring to [Northern] Virginia area businesses, entrepreneurs and travelers.

    Virginia has been a leader in the development of relations with Cuba. A trade mission comprised of government, education and business leaders traveled to Cuba earlier this year to further enhance Virginia’s position to expand exports and open doors to future collaboration into additional sectors that are key to our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.

    In order to sustain and advance this progress, it is critical that Virginia and our Nation’s capital obtain nonstop air service to Havana. United’s Washington Dulles-Havana service would naturally provide an important link between capital cities and serve a promising and growing export and diplomatic market.

    Washington Dulles – Havana service would also increase the range of consumer options for travel to Cuba from the East Coast.  Moreover, Dulles is well situated in United’s domestic network and would provide one-stop connecting opportunities for passengers from several central and western cities in the United States.

    I greatly appreciate the Department’s efforts to conclude an historic agreement that liberalizes air services between the U.S. and Cuba.  I respectfully request that the Department approve United’s application for new air service to Havana from our Nation’s capital to continue building on this landmark achievement.

    Sincerely,

    The Dulles Regional Chamber Staff

    March 1, 2016: Metro Goes Paperless March 1, 2016: Metro Goes Paperless

    The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has announced that starting March 6, Metrorail faregates will accept only SmarTrip cards and no longer accept paper farecards. This move is part of WMATA’s yearlong plan to phase-out the outdated farecards.

    While the paper farecards will no longer be accepted, customers will be able to transfer the value onto a SmarTrip at any of the vending machines at Metrorail stations through June 30, 2016.

    To read the whole press release from WMATA, click here.

    For Immediate Release
    Contact:
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319

  • Jan 29, 2016: Dulles Chamber Supports Governor’s Proposal to Reduce Costs at Dulles Airport Jan 29, 2016: Dulles Chamber Supports Governor’s Proposal to Reduce Costs at Dulles Airport

    January 29, 2016

    Dear Members of the Governor’s Administration:

    On behalf of the business and tourism organizations listed in the left column of this letter, we are writing to urge your strong support of Budget Item 438D, which provides a one-time investment of $50 million over two years to improve the competitiveness of Dulles International Airport. This timely investment in Dulles Airport is absolutely critical, not only to northern Virginia, but to the Commonwealth as a whole.

    Our collective organizations support this budget item because we believe it can truly make a difference in reversing the trend of rising costs to airlines at Dulles and declining air service activity throughout Virginia. As you may be aware, Dulles Airport serves as a major domestic and international air service hub, which benefits the entire state. Improving the strength of Dulles through this investment will also improve the strength of the aviation sector across Virginia.  Flights from Dulles have historically provided service connections to airports in Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke and the Shenandoah Valley.

    A number of factors have led to the challenges faced by Dulles Airport today, including a shift of long-haul domestic flights to Reagan National due to Congressional and federal regulatory action, the global recession which has reduced the demand for air travel and the number of flights at Dulles, and airline industry consolidation which has reduced the number of flights nationwide.

    Despite these challenges, significant steps have been taken to address rising costs at Dulles Airport by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), including reducing costs, stimulating competitive bidding for concessions that increased non-aviation revenues to offset rising Cost Per Enplanement (CPE) and negotiating agreements to share airline revenues at Reagan National with Dulles through 2024. Without this investment, however, the available tools to help turn the current situation around at Dulles moving forward are limited.

    In 2017, when the current Use and Lease Agreement with Dulles Airport’s airlines expire, the Commonwealth’s investment, coupled with action MWAA has already taken to reduce CPE, would directly lower fees charged to all airlines serving Dulles in 2017 and 2018.  This enhances the ability for airlines to make a renewed financial commitment to Dulles in the form of an extended, longer-term Use and Lease agreement.  The state’s investment is critical to lowering costs, securing a long-term commitment from airlines serving Dulles and solidifying Virginia as a major international hub.

    Dulles Airport’s continued competitiveness is vital to enabling economic growth and prosperity in northern Virginia and the Commonwealth. This includes preserving the annual 85,000+ direct jobs, $3 billion in direct labor income, and $3.4 billion in passenger spending generated by Dulles for Virginia.

    The business community, represented by the groups on this letter, stands with you to fight for this important investment in the future of our economic engine, Dulles Airport. Thank you for your leadership.

    SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP:
    DULLES REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    GREATER RESTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    LOUDOUN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    ARLINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    CENTRAL FAIRFAX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    COMMITTEE FOR DULLES

    DULLES AREA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA VISITORS CONSORTIUM

    ARLINGTON CONVENTION AND VISITORS SERVICE

    DISCOVER PRINCE WILLIAM & MANASSSAS

    VISIT ALEXANDRIA

    VISIT FAIRFAX

    VISIT LOUDOUN

    PRINCE WILLIAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    VIRGINIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    VIRGINIA RESTAURANT LODGING AND TRAVEL ASSOCIATION

    WASHINGTON AIRPORTS TASK FORCE

    Jan 14, 2016: Northern Virginia Business Transportation Coalition 2016 Policy Statement Jan 14, 2016: Northern Virginia Business Transportation Coalition 2016 Policy Statement

     Northern Virginia Business Transportation Coalition

    2016 Policy Statement:

    A Strong Economy, Regional Security and High Quality of Life Require a Robust and Well-Connected Regional Transportation Framework

    We, the undersigned Northern Virginia organizations representing the vast majority of businesses and employees of Northern Virginia’s private sector and non-profit workforce, believe that a strong, efficient regional transportation network is essential to our region’s future economic competitiveness, security, and quality of life. We believe that unlocking Northern Virginia’s transportation grid requires a strategic regional approach.

    We believe that achieving the best solutions to our transportation challenges requires a big picture perspective – regionally as well as statewide. Efforts to constrain, either by law or regulation, the Commonwealth Transportations Board’s ability to determine the best investments for the state, are counter to the goals set forth in House Bill 2, 2014 legislation designed to address the commonwealth’s congestion reduction and economic development needs.

    The focus of the Commonwealth Transportation Board and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, our region’s designated transportation planning body, should be on the investment of regional, state, federal, and private sector transportation dollars for highway, transit improvements, and intelligent transportation systems that will:

    • Move the greatest number of people throughout the region;
    • Reduce congestion and travel time between major regional employment centers and communities;
    • Increase reliability of the network region-wide while producing the best long-term return on investment;
    • Promote regional economic development and growth; and
    • Enhance regional security.

    We are concerned that the law requiring the long-term benefits of Northern Virginia’s regional funds be distributed proportionally among jurisdictions impedes the ability of the regional body to address the region’s most critical transportation needs.
    We believe that regional transportation funds should be primarily focused and leveraged, where appropriate, with federal, state, and private funds on projects of large-scale regional significance. These include:

    • I-66 -- construct new lanes and enhance transit from US Route 15/Haymarket to Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.
    • New Potomac River Crossing -- constructed west of American Legion Bridge.
    • American Legion Bridge -- add new express/managed lanes in each direction.
    • Metro -- improve maintenance, operations, safety and rail fleet.
    • Bi-County Parkway -- construct between I-66/Route 234 Bypass in Prince William County and Route 50 in Loudoun County.
    • Route 28 -- upgrade to 8 lanes.
    • Fairfax County Parkway -- convert to limited access facility.
    • I-395 -- convert HOV lanes to express/managed lanes between the Capital Beltway and the 14th Street Bridge.
    • Regional Express Bus network -- implement in the I-66, I-95, I-395, I-495, Dulles and other major regional corridors.

    We support performance-based statewide and regional transportation plans that focus on new and existing corridors of regional and statewide significance, the evaluation of highway and public transit projects utilizing the same criteria, and the prioritization of investments first and foremost on the ability to reduce congestion and improve travel time.

    Signed by:


    Brian M. Gordon, MPA, VP of Government Affairs Pat Dean, President
    Apartment and Office Building Association Associated Builders and Contractors – VA
    Leo J. Titus, Jr. PE, President James N. Larsen, Executive Director & CEO
    Committee for Dulles Dulles Area Transportation Association
    Patricia Nicoson, President Eileen D. Curtis, President & CEO
    Dulles Corridor Rail Association Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Mark S. Ingrao, President & CEO Nancy-jo Manney, Executive Director
    Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
    James C. Dinegar, President & CEO Ken Garrison, Executive Director
    Greater Washington Board of Trade Heavy Construction Contractors Association
    Anthony Howard, President & CEO Martha D. Marks, President
    Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce NAIOP - Northern Virginia: The Commercial Real Estate Development Assoc.
    Virgil Frizzell, Chairman of the Board Jon Lindgren, Executive Director
    Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Northern Virginia Building Industry Association
    Jim Corcoran, President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO
    Northern Virginia Chamber of Chamber Commerce Northern Virginia Technology Council
    Mark C. Looney, Chairman of the Board Deborah Jones, President & CEO
    Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance Prince William Chamber of Commerce
    Lori Y. Lopez, Chairman of the Board Keith Merlin, President
    Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Washington Airports Task Force

    Jan 12, 2016: The Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition Announces the Adoption of A Resolution Jan 12, 2016: The Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition Announces the Adoption of A Resolution

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 12, 2016

    A Strong Economy, Regional Security and High Quality of Life
    Require a Robust and Well-Connected Regional Transportation Framework

    McLean, VA, Jan 12, 2016 – The Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition today announced the adoption of a resolution signed by twenty major business and industry organizations that urges regional transportation investments be based on five criteria and identifies nine projects it believes represent the investments of greatest regional benefit.

    The Coalition believes that achieving the best solutions to our transportation challenges requires a big picture perspective – regionally as well as statewide. The focus of our region’s transportation planning should be on the investment of regional, state, federal, and private sector transportation dollars on highway, transit improvements, and intelligent transportation systems that will:

    •     Move the greatest number of people throughout the region;
    •     Reduce congestion and travel time between major regional employment centers and communities;  
    •     Increase reliability of the network region-wide while producing the best long-term return on investment;
    •     Promote regional economic development and growth; and
    •     Enhance regional security.

    Investments in our regional transportation network should be made on the basis of these criteria, not political boundaries. Transportation needs are not proportional by jurisdiction.  

    “The fact that our region has the nation’s worst traffic congestion and an economy more dependent upon daily inter-jurisdictional and inter-state travel than any other major metropolitan area makes it essential that regional transportation priorities be based on investments likely to do the most to reduce congestion and improve travel times,” said David Birtwistle, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (the Alliance).  The Alliance is a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition.

    The Coalition also coalesced around a list of nine projects of major regional significance including construction of a new northern Potomac River crossing, improved Metro maintenance, operations, safety and rail fleet, widening of I-66 outside and inside the beltway and establishment of a regional express bus network.  The Coalition takes the position that while not the only transportation investments needed, these projects will do the most to improve regional mobility. The preponderance of regional and state resources should be invested in these projects and their implementation and advancement should be the standard against which regional transportation progress is measured.

    The entire business community resolution can be found here.

    About the Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition: The Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition is a consortium of chambers of commerce, business and industry groups that share a common belief that greater investment in regional transportation infrastructure is essential to Northern Virginia’s, and the greater metropolitan Washington area’s future economic competiveness and quality of life. For over a decade, the Coalition worked to secure new state and regional transportation funding.  The Coalition’s top priority is now to ensure the wise investment of funds made available by the Virginia General Assembly’s 2013 passage of HB2313 and previously existing transportation dollars.

    For Contact: Nancy Smith
    Tel: 703-883-1830
    Email: nancy@nvta.org

    Dec 8, 2015: Governor McAuliffe Announces Pledge to Strengthen Domestic Travel at Dulles Airport Dec 8, 2015: Governor McAuliffe Announces Pledge to Strengthen Domestic Travel at Dulles Airport

    Dulles Airport

    For Immediate Release

    Governor McAuliffe Announces Pledge to Strengthen Domestic Travel at Dulles Airport

    Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today his plan to invest $50 million to increase domestic flights at Dulles Airport. The plan will budget into the Fiscal year 2017-2018. The investment will not only increase the number of flights through Dulles International Airport, but will reduce the cost per customer for flying both in and out of the airport.

    “This funding will help support 45,000 direct and indirect jobs related to the United Hub at Dulles and encourage other carriers to provide enhanced air travel offerings,” said Governor McAuliffe. “By reducing costs to carriers at Dulles we can bring more air travel business to the region and take another step forward in our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”

    The Dulles Regional Chamber has been a strong proponent of increasing business through the Dulles International Airport for years. This plan will help strengthen both local job growth and the economy.

    “This plan will add onto the many important legislative issues our Chamber will be promoting during the upcoming General Assembly on behalf of our membership and region,” said Dulles Chamber President, Eileen Curtis.

    To read the full press release from the Governor’s office, click here.

    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319

    November 2015: The VRE Opens A New Station November 2015: The VRE Opens A New Station

    On Monday, November 16th, the VRE opened the tracks at the new Spotsylvania Station just south of Fredericksburg, VA. The station includes a 1,500 space parking lot in order to accommodate future growth at the location. That is in line with the plan to expand the VRE due to the investment of a third rail line along the corridor. The daily ridership is 20,000 passengers and they hope to double that number in the next 30 years. This station opening is a big first step to that goal as it is the first expansion of the VRE system since its opening in 1992. To read a full release on the opening, click here.

    October 2015: Metro announces top-to-bottom analysis of its business and financial operations October 2015: Metro announces top-to-bottom analysis of its business and financial operations

    The Metro has recently announced their plans to conduct a top-to-bottom review of its financial systems and management operations. The goal from this review is to promote a more efficient and effective transit system. The review is expected to take six months with an option to extend performance for a year. The study will enable the Board and soon to be named general manager the resources to help Metro undertake major administrative changes. To read the full release, click here.

    - Sept: Dulles Regional Chamber Urges Congress to Avoid Shutdown

    Dear Members of the Northern Virginia Congressional Delegation:

    On behalf of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and its 700+ member companies, we urge you and your colleagues in Congress to immediately act and find a course that enacts legislation for continuing funding of the federal government without interruption after September 30th. Such a shutdown would be incredibly harmful to our region and to businesses across the nation. Congress is meant to support the American people and their commerce, not impede them.

    As you know, a large portion of Virginia’s economy is represented by industries tied to the federal government. It is also home to over 65,000 federal employees. Together they represent a business community tremendously impacted by federal expenditures. We are all too cognizant of recent Congressional actions of shutdown and sequestration and how they have adversely affected business’ ability to rebound after the great recession. This continuing threat of discontinuity created by shutdowns and threats of shutdowns has caused serious economic harm to our region’s businesses, both large and small, forcing layoffs, furloughs and lack of strategic investment.

    We urge you to continue funding the operations of government that allows for budget-conscious scrutiny while avoiding any further damaging fiscal mayhem. We consider this to be of the highest priority for sustaining the vitality of the region, the nation and the perception of our country as fiscally responsible by members of the global community.

    Sincerely,

    Robert Gangi, Chairman
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

    May 2015: The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Announces Status of Silver Line Metrorail Construction Project May 2015: The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Announces Status of Silver Line Metrorail Construction Project

    Tne Metrorail Construction Project

    The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority released an April 27 press release giving the current status of the Dulles Metrorail Project.
    Here are some key points to remember as you communicate with your constituents:

    Phase 1
        Global Settlement with DTP settles major Phase 1 close-out issues – major milestone
        Phase 1 costs up $76 million; still within federally approved Phase 1 budget
        No impact to tolls due to this $76 million increase


    Phase 2
        Design changes for safety and reliability adding 13 months to Phase 2 schedule
        Many Phase 1 changes came late in construction, must be incorporated into Phase 2
        Result will be safer and more reliable system
        Cost increase expected to fall well within $550 million Phase 2 contingency and thus to have no impact on tolls

    For additional information you may call Marcia McAllister at 703-572-0506.

  • April 2015: The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Announces Status of Silver Line Metrorail Construction Project April 2015: The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Announces Status of Silver Line Metrorail Construction Project

    The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority released an April 27 press release giving the current status of the Dulles Metrorail Project.

    Here are some key points to remember as you communicate with your constituents:

    Phase 1
    Global Settlement with DTP settles major Phase 1 close-out issues – major milestone
    Phase 1 costs up $76 million; still within federally approved Phase 1 budget
    No impact to tolls due to this $76 million increase

    Phase 2
    Design changes for safety and reliability adding 13 months to Phase 2 schedule
    Many Phase 1 changes came late in construction, must be incorporated into Phase 2
    Result will be safer and more reliable system
    Cost increase expected to fall well within $550 million Phase 2 contingency and thus to have no impact on tolls

    To read the complete press release, click here.

    For additional information you may call Marcia McAllister at 703-572-0506.

    April 2015: Dulles Regional Chamber Voices Transportation Concerns April 2015: Dulles Regional Chamber Voices Transportation Concerns

    The Dulles Regional Chamber remains committed to monitoring and making recommendations transportation needs of our area. We have just sent a letter to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority regarding selection of transportation projects going forward. Specifically, we have urged them to give priority to projects that:

    • Move the greatest number of people;
    • Reduce congestion and travel time between major employment centers and communities;
    • Increase reliability of the network region-wide while producing the best long-term return on investment;
    • Enhance regional security.


    We have urged them to re-examine the draft FY15-16 project list and re-focus our regional tax dollars on projects with the greatest regional and long-term significance. Specifically, the Route 28 and Route 1 widening, Route 28 bypass study, Fairfax County Parkway Improvements study, and Loudoun County Parkway extension to U.S. 50, meet such criteria. Several proposed transit projects such as 8-car Metro Train power upgrades, Connector Bus Service Expansion, Innovation Center Metrorail Station construction also meet this criteria.

    We further urge that a greater, more substantial balance be set aside in reserve until other projects of greater regional significance are ready for construction and that FY 2015-2016 investments be limited to those with the greatest congestion reduction potential. A coordinated, long-term, regional strategy consisting of projects of greatest regional significance is essential to our region’s future economic competiveness and quality of life. It’s how well our regional dollars are invested, not how fast that matters most.

    March 2015 - Secretary Foxx Unveils "Beyond Traffic: Trends and Choices," a 30-Year Outlook on the Future of Our Nation's Infrastructure March 2015 - Secretary Foxx Unveils "Beyond Traffic: Trends and Choices," a 30-Year Outlook on the Future of Our Nation's Infrastructure

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was joined today by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to unveil Beyond Traffic, a new forward-looking analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation outlining the trends that are likely to shape the needs of our transportation system over the next three decades. Beyond Traffic is offered to the public as a draft to ignite a national conversation about the future of the U.S. transportation system and to objectively frame critical policy choices that need to be made. A final report will be released later in 2015 based on the ideas and public feedback generated by this analysis.

    “For too long, our national dialogue about transportation has been focused on recreating the past. Instead, we need to focus on the trends that are shaping our future,” said Secretary Foxx. “In Washington, in state capitals and in city halls, it is time to sound the alarm bell: the future is calling. Beyond Traffic gives us a view into 2045 and the basis to plan for it. But not having a plan is a plan.”

    The critical questions and major trends and choices identified include:

    How will we move? America’s population will grow by 70 million by 2045. How will we build a transportation system to accommodate a growing population and changing travel patterns?

    How will we move things? By 2045, freight volume will increase 45 percent. How will we reduce freight chokepoints that drive up the cost of owning a business?

    How will we move better? Technological changes and innovation may transform vehicles and infrastructure, logistics, and delivery of transportation services to promote efficiency and safety. How will we knock down barriers to new technologies that promise to make travel safer and more convenient?

    How will we adapt? Climate change will include global mean sea level rise, temperature increases, and more frequent and intense storm events, all of which will impact highways, bridges, public transportation, coastal ports and waterways. How will we make our infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy?

    How will we align decisions and dollars? And invest the trillions of dollars our transportation needs in the smartest way possible?

    In January 2014, the Department began assembling a team of experts from across the Agency’s modes and offices. This team established a structure, took a holistic look at our Nation’s transportation system, identified key trends affecting our network, examined the potential impacts of such trends on a future transportation system, and provided a comprehensive range of policy options and potential choices. Additionally, the team met with several transportation thought leaders from around the country. As the report was coming together, the team shared key findings in six public webinar sessions that drew 1,300 participants.

    Beyond Traffic is structured in three parts. The first part discusses the major trends shaping our changing transportation system. The second part discusses the implications of these trends for each mode of transportation: highways, transit, pedestrian and bicycle, aviation, intercity and freight rail, maritime and pipeline. The third part presents a description of a possible future scenario based on the trends analyzed in the previous section. It concludes with a discussion of policy options based on the implications of these trends.

    As the U.S. attempts to address its growing transportation demands, it’s critical that all the data and research that exists is examined with a holistic approach to addressing the challenges ahead. This report offers a clear and honest assessment of the network’s status, deficiencies, capacity, and potential to better support our economic and social well-being. It examines not only the condition and performance of our transportation system today, but forecasts how it will look and perform in 2045 if current funding levels and policies persist.

    This analysis is a framework for the future; it is not prescriptive. It does not advocate for specific policy solutions. Rather, it underscores critical decision points facing the country, by means of data-driven analysis, research, expert opinions and public engagement.

    Check out The Blue Paper here.

    Check out the full Beyond Traffic report here.

    Want to comment and share your ideas? Go to www.dot.gov/beyondtraffic.

    Feb 2015 - Chamber Supports I-66 Corridor Improvements Feb 2015 - Chamber Supports I-66 Corridor Improvements

    Click here to read the Dulles Regional Chamber's letter to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, urging the board to endorse I-66 corridor improvements.

  • 95 Express Lanes Now Open 95 Express Lanes Now Open

    The 95 Express Lanes between Stafford County and Fairfax County are opening Sunday, December 14th.

    From Dec 15th to Dec 28th there will be no tolls to drive in the express lanes however current HOV rules will continue to be in effect during rush hour until tolling commences. Tolling will begin on Monday, December 29th and all drivers will need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex to use the express lanes 24/7.

    The I-95 Express Lanes bring a new kind of travel to the I-95 corridor, aimed to provide drivers and transit users with easier, more predictable trips along the 29-mile corridor. Click here to learn more about the new Express Lanes including access points and new signage.

    If you don't carpool on I-95, you will need a standard E-ZPass which will allow you to pay a toll to travel on the Express Lanes any time of day. Your existing E-ZPass will work. Carpool, slug or travel frequently with three or more people in the vehicle? You'll travel on the Express Lanes for free with an E-ZPass Flex set in HOV mode.

    E-ZPass and E-ZPass Flex are available online, by calling Virginia E-ZPass at (877)762-7824 and at a number of retail locations. For more information on 95 Express Lanes and E-ZPass, visit 95ExpressLanes.com.

    Get Ready for a Faster, More Reliable Travel Option

    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

    I-95 Express Lanes Open This Month I-95 Express Lanes Open This Month

    Grand Opening of the I-95 Express Lanes! Click here for details on how to be prepared for traveling on the lanes and how to acquire your E-Z Pass transponders.

    October 2014 - Overnight Traffic Stops to Begin on I-66 October 2014 - Overnight Traffic Stops to Begin on I-66

    Overnight Traffic Stops to Begin on I-66
    36 Gantries to be Installed from the Beltway to Centreville

    Fairfax - Over the next four months, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will stop all lanes of traffic for up to 30 minutes between midnight and 2 a.m. while crews install 36 gantries between the Capital Beltway and Route 29 in Centreville for the I-66 Active Traffic Management system.
     
    Weather permitting; the first closure will be between 12:01 a.m. and 2 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14 on eastbound I-66 at mile marker 53 in Centreville. All eastbound traffic will come to a complete stop for up to 30 minutes.
     
    Crews will install the gantries Sunday through Thursday nights and will focus first between Route 29 in Centreville and Route 50 in Fairfax (mile markers 52 to 58), both east and westbound.
     
    VDOT will keep the public informed on where the stops will occur throughout the installation. In addition, message signs will be posted well in advance of each closure so that motorists can take alternate routes when the lanes are shut down.
     
    There will be no closures on major holidays or during the Thanksgiving travel days, Nov. 26-30.
     
    The first of its kind on the East Coast, the ATM system will give drivers more information on incidents, delays and projected speeds for optimum travel times. The system uses road sensors and monitored traffic cameras to provide up-to-date information on road conditions as displayed on electronic message signs.
     
    When operational in early 2015, the ATM system is expected to provide more reliable travel times, ease congestion during off-peak travel times and reduce delays related to traffic incidents.

    VDOT sent this press release to Supervisor Michael R. Frey’s office this week regarding the I-66 Active Traffic Management system.

    Content from:
    Supervisor Michael R. Frey’s Newsletter
    Sully District

    Contact Information:
    Phone: 703-814-7100
    Fax: 703-814-7110
    TTY: 711
    Email Supervisor Michael R. Frey

    For more information from VDOT click here.

    Sept 4, 2014: Delegare Jim LeMunyon's VDOT Proposals for Congestion Reduction on I-66 Outside the Beltway Sept 4, 2014: Delegare Jim LeMunyon's VDOT Proposals for Congestion Reduction on I-66 Outside the Beltway

    August 20, 2014: Dulles Toll Road to Begin Converting "Exact Change" Lanes August 20, 2014: Dulles Toll Road to Begin Converting "Exact Change" Lanes

    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.

  • July 2014: New Rules on I-95 Will Affect Travelers Who Use the HOV Lane July 2014: New Rules on I-95 Will Affect Travelers Who Use the HOV Lane

    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.

    July 26 2014: Silver Line Opens Tomorrow - Many New Bus Routes July 26 2014: Silver Line Opens Tomorrow - Many New Bus Routes

    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

    - July 21, 2014: WMATA Wants to Hear From You!

    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.

    July 21, 2014: WMATA Wants to Hear From You! July 21, 2014: WMATA Wants to Hear From You!

    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.

    July 14, 2014: Silver Line Update July 14, 2014: Silver Line Update

    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

    July 7, 2014: New Traffic and Weather Alert System in Fairfax County July 7, 2014: New Traffic and Weather Alert System in Fairfax County

    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.

    July 7, 2014: The Silver Line and SmartBenefits Make Yourwork Place the Place to Be July 7, 2014: The Silver Line and SmartBenefits Make Yourwork Place the Place to Be

    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

  • June 24, 2014: Target date of Saturday, July 26th for the opening of the Silver Line June 24, 2014: Target date of Saturday, July 26th for the opening of the Silver Line

    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!

    June 18, 2014: Fairfax County Department of Transportation Presents Pubic Workshop June 18, 2014: Fairfax County Department of Transportation Presents Pubic Workshop

    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

    June 12, 2014: Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance Lauds WMATA Planning Efforts June 12, 2014: Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance Lauds WMATA Planning Efforts

    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

    June 6, 2014: First Phase of Silver Line Transferred to Metro’s Control June 6, 2014: First Phase of Silver Line Transferred to Metro’s Control

    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.

    May 27, 2014: Town-Owned Land in Downtown Herndon Rezoned for Mixed-Use Development May 27, 2014: Town-Owned Land in Downtown Herndon Rezoned for Mixed-Use Development

    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.

  • April 16, 2014: Airports Authority Reiterates Intention To Keep Toll Rates Constant for 5 Years April 16, 2014: Airports Authority Reiterates Intention To Keep Toll Rates Constant for 5 Years

    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.

    April 6, 2014: Federal TIFIA Loan Goes to Rail to Dulles Project, Negating Rise in Tolls April 6, 2014: Federal TIFIA Loan Goes to Rail to Dulles Project, Negating Rise in Tolls

    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.

    March 25, 2014: Improving Access to Dulles Airport Loudoun County Public Hearing March 25, 2014: Improving Access to Dulles Airport Loudoun County Public Hearing

    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.

    February 27, 2014: Lorton Landfill Faces an Uncertain Future February 27, 2014: Lorton Landfill Faces an Uncertain Future

    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.

    January 27, 2014: Bi-County Partnership Opposes Several Amendments to Biannual Budget January 27, 2014: Bi-County Partnership Opposes Several Amendments to Biannual Budget

    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.

  • January 27, 2014: DRCC Iis Supporting the Following Transportation Bills January 27, 2014: DRCC Iis Supporting the Following Transportation Bills

    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.

    January 30, 2014: Fairfax County Approves 6-Year Transportation Plan January 30, 2014: Fairfax County Approves 6-Year Transportation Plan

    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.

    2013 Transportation Outcome Overview 2013 Transportation Outcome Overview

    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.

    - September 2013: Metro Launches Silver Line Website

    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.

    - July 2013: Phase 1 of the Metrorail Silver Line Project

    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.

    - June 2013: Transportation News

    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.

    September 2013: Metro Launches Silver Line Website September 2013: Metro Launches Silver Line Website

    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.

    July 2013: Phase 1 of the Metrorail Silver Line Project July 2013: Phase 1 of the Metrorail Silver Line Project

    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.

    June 2013: Transportation News June 2013: Transportation News

    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.

    May 2013: Transportation News May 2013: Transportation News

    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.

    July 2013: Airports Authority Announcement July 2013: Airports Authority Announcement

    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.

  • 2013 Infrastructure & Transportation Overview 2013 Infrastructure & Transportation Overview

    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.

    2013 Transportation Policy Position 2013 Transportation Policy Position

    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. 

    October 2013 Rt. 28 & Southbound Improvment Project October 2013 Rt. 28 & Southbound Improvment Project

    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.

    2013: Metrorail Design Guidelines & Zoning Under Review 2013: Metrorail Design Guidelines & Zoning Under Review

    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.

    2012 Infrastructure & Transportation Overview 2012 Infrastructure & Transportation Overview

    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.

  • 2012 Infrastructure & Transportation Policy Position 2012 Infrastructure & Transportation Policy Position

    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. 

    June 2011: Phase 3 Work Begins on Route 7 Eastbound June 12th June 2011: Phase 3 Work Begins on Route 7 Eastbound June 12th

    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.

    June 2011: Good News for Transportation June 2011: Good News for Transportation

    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.

    May 2011: Learn Why Federal Transportation Funding Reauthorization May 2011: Learn Why Federal Transportation Funding Reauthorization

    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

    April 2011: Extend Trash Incinerator Service Agreement April 2011: Extend Trash Incinerator Service Agreement

    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.

  • March 16, 2011: Designate the Bi-County and Tri-County Parkways as Corridors of Statewide Significance? March 16, 2011: Designate the Bi-County and Tri-County Parkways as Corridors of Statewide Significance?

    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.

    2010 Transportation Policy Position 2010 Transportation Policy Position

    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;
    • 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.

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