HB 2: Keep It Simple
 

In October 16th testimony, the Alliance urged the Commonwealth Transportation Board and Virginia Department of Transportation to focus predominantly on congestion reduction and economic development when rating projects in the General Assembly-mandated transportation project prioritization process known as HB 2.

The Alliance noted that "HB 2 started off based on measuring value in terms of congestion reductionin Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads and economic development promotion elsewhere. Somewhere along the way in the General Assembly safety, accessibility and environmental quality were added in, regionally funded projects in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads were excluded (even though regional funds represent the bulk of the HB 2313 new construction dollars) and a bunch of other categories of projects were also excluded from evaluation."

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he Alliance noted that by definition new projects will improve safety; that projects that most reduce congestion also will most improve accessibility; and that strict federal and state laws ensure environmental protection. 

In short, the Alliance recommended that the HB 2 process be focused on its original intent with the preponderance of weight (60% to 80%) being assigned to "congestion relief" in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads and to "economic development" elsewhere "with the proviso that 'economic benefits' be tied to specific, realistic development factors as opposed to a general 'if we build it they will come' attitude."

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o read the Alliance statement, click here.

 

Focusing on Congestion Reduction and
Economic Development 
Is Best Guarantee
Taxpayer Dollars Are Well-Invested


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ARTICLES, EVENTS AND STUDIES

2013  What You Need to Know about Transportation Seminar
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2011 Survey of Metropolitan Washington Area Transportation Professionals on
Regional Transportation Priorities - Final Report


2011: Virginia's Transportation Funding Crisis (UVA Weldon Cooper Center)
 
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10th Annual What You Need to Know about Transportation Seminar Wrap Up (Click here)
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Click here for maps of Northern Virginia's Most Important Priorities
Missing Transportation Links  &
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2014 Virginia General Assembly – For listing and status of key transportation bills click here (or click use Virginia General Assembly tab in left margin.)



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