(Updated October 2011)
Require federal, state and regional officials to prepare and fund a package of security-related transportation projects to facilitate activity center evacuation and emergency response mobility in the wake of a terrorist attack or natural disaster
September 11, 2001 attacks painfully reminded America, and to a greater degree the DC area, how vulnerable we truly are.
The Pentagon attack also highlighted our regional transportation network’s inadequacy and how this area will be rendered immobile if/when a more major or dispersed incident occurs. The time seemed ripe to finally take action against our region’s most dramatic problem.
Yet, nothing has been done. It has been a decade sine 9/11. Our “official evacuation routes” are the same inadequate corridors that routinely fail on the average weekday. Today, no sense of urgency to link regional security to strategic transportation chokepoint improvements exists at any level of government.
To view Alliance testimony before the Transportation Planning Board regarding their unacceptable lack of movement on critical regional security concerns, click here.
Since September 2001 the
The following passages are excerpts from
September 19, 2001
“Our recent national tragedy also reminds us of the fact that the region’s transportation system is woefully inadequate to handle movement of large numbers of people out of a given area. This would be particularly true in the event of a situation involving nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. Last Tuesday’s tragedy is a serious wake-up call that we ignore at our peril. ” -- Statement to National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
May 15, 2002
“(The region’s) new emergency response plan calls for better communication, signage and new chains of command but is silent on perhaps the most important need of all: network capacity increases of the magnitude necessary to move people out of harm’s way.” -- Statement to National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
September 26, 2002
The letter stated in part:
“Earlier this year, the
March 14, 2003
The Washington Post front-page story on regional transportation security quotes the
March 19, 2003
“While the world becomes more dangerous, officials in the National Capital Region – home to America’s third worst congestion, much of its federal work force and a prime target for international terrorists – have apparently made a conscious decision to neither provide additional security related transportation improvements, capacity or alternatives. Content, it appears, to bet the lives of lots of people on the belief that our adversaries lack the resources to cause any widespread harm and willing to gamble that additional infrastructure capacity is neither necessary or worth the investment.” -- Statement to National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
April 17, 2003
“Prior to 9/11 the region’s transportation decision making malaise meant lots of folks getting up earlier in the morning and getting home later at night. Today, in a region at the top of every international terrorist’s list, failing to do more to address fundamental transportation capacity deficiencies may well result in thousands of people not getting home at all. Thousands of lives are at risk, not because we have tried and failed to address security-related bottlenecks, but because we haven’t tried at all.” -- Remarks to Commonwealth Transportation Board and
August 6, 2003
“Given that the National Capital Region is home to all three branches of the federal government, our national defense and intelligence agencies and nearly 5 million residents, the federal government, and the Department of Homeland Security in particular, has a strong vested interest and obligation to provide leadership in making certain that this area’s transportation infrastructure is capable of meeting its emergency response and evacuation needs. The
March 17, 2004
“Thirty months after 9/11 federal and regional policies still remain oblivious to the transportation network’s inadequacies. The audience at last month’s
September 2, 2005
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“The five million residents of this area have been in the midst of a transportation crisis that for years has cost them and our economy billions of dollars annually; a crisis that continues to be largely ignored by federal, state, regional and local officials.
Not even 9/11 and the emergence of the Washington area as a top terrorist target has produced any urgency on the part of the public officials to address existing bottlenecks and build missing transportation links essential to the region’s survival.
An analogy to New Orleans’ levees where officials have known for years that a major disaster was only a matter of time might not be far off the mark. Serious as today’s traffic congestion is, what’s even worse is that no serious plan exists to address it…
We will never have a transportation system that works until the general public demands more of those it elects and more resources are invested in performance-based solutions.”
February 15, 2006
“The regional reality check continues. The threat of terrorists persists, yet in nearly five years since 9-11, this body still is unable to find the will to identify and petition for federal support to address major bottlenecks.” -- Statement to National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
October 13, 2006
In response to the National Study on Evacuation Capability, the
“While Iran, North Korea and other rouge nations develop nuclear and other terrorist capabilities, the fourth lane on I-95 near Ft. Belvoir is still not built, work on I-66 inside the Beltway remains relegated to “spot improvement studies,” elected officials won’t even talk about new bridges and bypasses, and the “official” regional evacuation motto is “shelter in place.” What is it about the international terrorism threat to the residents of our region that our elected officials still don’t understand?”
February 22, 2007
October 17, 2007
“Until governmental bodies at the federal, state and regional levels muster the courage to face up to the absolute need to better connect this region with multi-modal bridges and parkways, to achieve consensus on and implement regional funding and to open transportation bottlenecks to enhance regional emergency response and evacuation capability, the general public – both the informed and uninformed – has little hope of having a transportation system that works.” -- Statement to National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board