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Mission Statement

The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance is the only private sector organization focused exclusively on working to make better transportation a reality for Northern Virginia citizens and businesses.

It is non-partisan and business-citizen in its composition.

The Alliance's sole mission is to advance transportation improvements of greatest regional significance in Northern Virginia.


Comprehensive Research and Aggressive Advocacy

The Alliance believes that a well-informed and involved citizenry is the key to a transportation network and investments that respond to the public’s need.

For a quarter of a century, Alliance research and communication outreach have impacted and shaped the regional transportation debate.

The Alliance Website (www.nvta.org) is unparalleled in providing concise, actionable information on regional and state transportation matters.

Alliance email Alerts provide timely information on the latest transportation developments and how citizens and businesses can wade in to make a difference. (To sign-up for free alerts, click here.)

The Alliance is recognized as a well-informed, respected advocate at the state, regional and local governmental levels.

Alliance coalition building leadership is relied upon by all major Northern Virginia business organizations to advance major transportation improvements.


Performance-Based Prioritization

All transportation projects and investments are not equal and should not be treated as such.

The Commonwealth of Virginia operates the nation’s third largest state highway network (60,000 miles).

The metropolitan Washington region and Northern Virginia rank #1 nationally in traffic congestion.

The state, region and sub-region have lists of hundreds of transportation projects (wants), but no short lists of performance based priorities (most important needs).

For over a quarter century the Alliance’s focus has been on those transportation investments transportation professionals believe will most most cost effectively move the most people and provide a regional framework to support intelligent land use decisions.
 

  • Click and map and description for information on those “Missing Northern Virginia Transportation Links” the Alliance believes would do the most to improve mobility in this region.
  • Click map and description for more on “Improvements to Existing Northern Virginia Roads and Highways.” 

Best Transportation Investment

If better transportation and regional prosperity are important to you, your family or business, you need to join and invest in the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance.

To join or contribute, click here. For more information call 703-883-1830.

Transportation Perspective

The debate should not be roads versus bridges versus buses and versus trains, but which corridors are the most congested and which strategies or investments move the most people most effectively in those corridors.

Since the mid-1960s federal, state and local governments have funded and built 90% of the public transit planned for today, while more than 1,000 planned lane miles of roads and bridges remain un-built, with no new bridges outside the Beltway since 1964. (Note: The new Woodrow Wilson Bridge is a replacement structure.) Because of this uneven pattern, the region has the nation’s second most heavily used public transit system and the nation's most congested highway network.

The Alliance has always supported our Metrorail system. It was one of the first private sector groups to champion the Virginia Railway Express commuter system. It supports Dulles Rail and higher density mixed-use development near transit stations. It was the first regional organization to endorse dedicated Metro funding and championed the formation and recommendations of a regional task force established to help reform the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) governance structure.

However, today nearly 90% of all daily trips and 80% of rush hour trips travel on our inadequate highway and bridge network. Our major roads operate at high levels of congestion seven days a week. If the region only builds what’s in its 2040 fiscally Constrained Long Range Plan, congestion gets significantly worse .

Transit makes an important peak hour contribution in moving people to and from the center city core and close in activity centers. The latest National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board study shows that currently about 7% of all daily trips are by public transit. About 24% of all commuter trips are by transit, but commuter trips represent only 20% of all daily trips. Relatively stable core population and employment, relative to the rest of the region, and the fact that the Metropolitan Washington Council projects that most population and job growth will occcur beyond the Beltway where densities are lower and less transit-supportive make transit unlikely to move even 10% of all daily trips in 2040. A regional express bus network is a more practical, flexible, time- and cost-effective alternative to extension of the rail network.

Eighty percent of daily travel is not commuter trips but that of people trying to live their lives and manage their businesses. Sports fields are neither on Metro lines nor candidates for public transit, nor are public schools, grocery stores, movie theaters, suburban restaurants or shopping centers in any great number. Office supplies do not move on subways; meat and vegetables do not arrive at grocery stores on buses; trash is not picked up on commuter rail.

A balanced transportation network requires that transportation resources be balanced based on need and demand.

Above all, given limited resources, all regional projects (road and rail) must be subject to cost-benefit analysis and prioritization by state and regional officials.

Investment decisions must be made based on which projects generate the most benefits, reduce congestion and travel times, and increase system reliability.

For more information and maps of the Alliance's priorities, click on the applicable links below.

Alliance Missing Links Priorities

Alliance Improvements to Existing Transportation Network 

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