The General Assembly’s 2018 bill to divert funding from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to Metrorail may have cost Loudoun the regional funding it needed for the Rt. 9 traffic calming project in Hillsboro, according to the authority’s latest analysis.
Sixty projects are competing for funding in the authority’s first six-year funding plan, including 12 Loudoun projects. A preliminary run of the mathematical models the NVTA uses to rank applications showed seven Loudoun projects should make the cut and receive funding.
But a new projection shows the reduction in funding to the NVTA may leave the Rt. 9 project on the waiting list.
Supervisor Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn), who serves on the NVTA committee that saw those projections, said the cut in revenues equated to funding only 27 projects instead at least 35 and as many as 39.
Loudoun’s six remaining projects on that list include widening Rt. 28 between the Dulles Toll Road and Sterling Boulevard; widening the Rt. 15 Bypass from Battlefield Parkway to Montresor Road; extending Shellhorn Road from Loudoun County Parkway to Randolph Drive; constructing Northstar Boulevard between Shreveport Drive and Tall Cedars Parkway; extending Prentice Drive between Lockridge Rd. and Shellhorn Road; and widening the Dulles West Boulevard between Loudoun County Parkway and Northstar Boulevard.Together those projects amount to $303.8 million in NVTA funding.
The NVTA grants hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for transportation projects each year through of revenues raised from a series of special taxes and fees collected in the region. This year, however, the General Assembly shifted some of that revenue to fill Virginia’s share of Metro’s funding gap. The authority stands to lose out on more than $100 million each year as a result.
The NVTA is moving toward adopting its first six-year plan, allowing it to fund major projects over several years rather than doling out funding one year at a time. The funding schedule for Loudoun’s road projects over the next several years anticipates tens of millions of dollars from the authority.
The authority weighs the cost of projects against impacts on the region like congestion relief in deciding which to fund. However, the authority also weighs public comments and the recommendations of its members and committees, input which has not yet been considered.
The authority is taking public comment on the 60 candidate projects for its first six-year funding plan. The full project list and related information is at at thenovaauthority.org and at the NVTA offices at 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200 in Fairfax.
An open house and public hearing on the projects is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at the NVTA offices. The open house begins at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation and public hearing beginning at 7 p.m.
Comments on the plan can also be submitted by email to SYPcomment@thenovaauthority.org or online at the NVTA’s website. Pre-registration for the public hearing is open at TheAuthority@TheNoVaAuthority.org and by phone to 703-642-4652.