- Funding advances streetcar, new west entrance to Ballston Metrorail Station, robust local transit service, complete streets
- Project priorities set for future regional transportation funds
- Nearly $300 million now available annually for Northern Virginia transportation projects
ARLINGTON, Va.—The Arlington County Board today approved $11.4 million in new funding for local transportation projects. The money is Arlington's portion of the new Northern Virginia transportation funding, which was approved by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year. Funds allocated for Fiscal Year 2014 will go towards advancing Arlington's planned streetcar system, building a new entrance to the Ballston Metro Station, expanding the local bus system and rebuilding arterial streets to support all modes of travel.
“We are pleased that this new revenue stream is available at a time when the County is dealing with the impact of Metro's soon-to-be opened Silver Line, the ongoing effects of federal budget cuts and increased regional competition for commercial development,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada.
Predictable transportation funding stream
House Bill 2313, passed during the 2013 Virginia General Assembly, provides a predictable stream of funding for transportation in the nine cities and counties that comprise Northern Virginia. The region will have nearly $300 million in new funding per year through state-imposed regional taxes and fees. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) will collect and distribute these new revenues, specifically dedicating them to transportation projects within the region. Seventy percent will remain with the NVTA for projects of regional significance, while 30 percent will be returned to the localities in which they were raised for locally selected projects.
$11.4 million in FY2014 local funding
Arlington County expects an estimated $11.4 million in local funds to be returned to it for Fiscal Year 2014. Because the County has authority over how this money can be spent, the Board voted 5-0 to to approve the funding plan and appropriate the funds for the following high-profile projects:
- Arlington Transit Facilities (ART House) ($2.25 million)
- Rosslyn-Ballston Street Improvements: Clarendon Circle Improvement Project ($2 million)
- Crystal City Streets ($2 million)
- Transportation Systems and Signals ($1 million)
- Ballston Metro Station West Entrance ($500,000)
The Board also voted 4-1 to approve the funding plan for and appropriate $2.5 million for the Columbia Pike Streetcar project.
“Arlington is building a transportation system for the future,” said Tejada. “That means investing in Metro; building a modern streetcar system; putting technology in place to better manage traffic and rebuilding arterial streets to serve not just cars and transit but also bicyclists and pedestrians. These are all strategic investments that will serve generations of Arlingtonians.”
$83.2 million in FY2015-2017 regional funding
Arlington County's estimated share of regional funding for Fiscal Years 2015–2017 is $83.2 million. Although the final authority for how these funds will be spent rests with NVTA, the Board gave the following projects and programs priority:
- Ballston Metro Station West Entrance ($56 million)
- Intelligent Transportation Systems: Glebe Road Corridor Improvements ($2 million)
- Columbia Pike Multimodal–East End Realignment and Washington Blvd Interchange Modification ($10 million)
The Board voted 5-0 to move forward with these projects. To read the Board report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #60 on the September County Board Recessed Meeting Agenda.
More information about the new funding source can be found on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority's website at http://www.thenovaauthority.org.