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  • Demanding Investments From NVTA For Our Community

    Demanding Investments From NVTA For Our Community

    Last night, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority hosted a public hearing to receive public comment before deciding how they will allocate over $1.248 billion over the next six years. I joined Dumfries Mayor-Elect Derrick Wood and Town Councilwoman-Elect Monae Nickerson to advocate for funding four projects on U.S. 1. 

    Here are the four projects:
    We were joined by the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens and the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation who spoke in support of the projects.  Unfortunately, the Northern Virginia "Transportation" Alliance - a coalition of Tysons and Dulles-Area businesses and developers spoke specifically in opposition to the Route 1 projects even though U.S. 1 BRT ranked #8 for congestion relief on the formula that they drafted and pushed us to enact!  

    Eastern Fairfax and Prince William County have waited too long for transportation investments into U.S. 1. Now is the time to fund these crucial projects and I will have little patience if the institutional forces of Northern Virginia continue to demand priority over areas that have lacked infrastructure investment for three decades.

    Mayor-Elect Wood opened the public hearing by outlining the safety and quality of life problems currently present on U.S. 1 in Dumfries:

    Councilwoman-Elect Monae Nickerson spoke next and also highlighted the needs in Dumfries:

    I testified to the Authority that we have been waiting too long for investments in our community. U.S. 1 widening and transit expansion will deliver massive congestion relief for their cost. The economic development and quality of life improvements that come from these investments make them the clear choice for funding.

    The NVTA is taking comments through Sunday, May 20 at 11:59 p.m.  It is critical that we submit as many comments as possible in support of these projects so that the NVTA understands our need.  I will collect comments through the May 20 deadline and submit them to NVTA in a large packet at that time. 

    The U.S. 1 projects in Fairfax County are ranked #23 and #24 out of 60 based on all criteria relative to cost and #2 and #8 for congestion relief.  The U.S. 1 widening in Dumfries is ranked #17 overall and #10 for congestion relief.  You can see the overall project rankings here:

    CLICK HERE to submit your comments on Fairfax County projects.

    CLICK HERE to submit comments on Prince William County projects.

  • Dumfries U.S. 1 on the Verge - Comment by Saturday!

    Dumfries U.S. 1 on the Verge - Comment by Saturday! If you ever get down to Dumfries to talk to its residents, one of the first things you learn is like Eastern Fairfax County, the state of U.S. 1 is one issue that binds all of its residents together.  In the next three days, they have an opportunity to do something about it.

    Only Three Ways Out of Dumfries
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    Dumfries and its communities to the east along the Potomac River have basically only three ways to get out of town - U.S. 1 North, U.S. 1 South, and two-lane Van Buren Road.  In-fact, U.S. 1 cuts across the creeks for each peninsula into the Potomac River, within a quarter mile of where each creek becomes tidal.  This basically turns each peninsula into a massive cul de sac.

    When coupled with the endemic congestion on Interstate 95, the consequences for the Town are tragic.  Each time I-95 becomes gridlocked, interstate traffic bails out onto U.S. 1 causing U.S. 1 to freeze and leaving thousands of residents with no way out.  The gridlock has also stymied the town's ability to attract high quality development to its business areas.

    Prince William County is in the process of widening each of its U.S. 1 segments to six lanes - both north and south of the Town - but the Town has not been able to secure funding because its 5,000 residents do not have the same ability to leverage taxpayer revenue that Prince William County's 400,000 residents have available.

    This year, the Town applied for $116,554,000 from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) to eliminate the 2.1 mile split of U.S. 1 through the town, widen Fraley Boulevard to six lanes, adding bicycle lanes and shared use paths and reconstructing sidewalks.  It would be a massive improvement for the Town by allowing it to concentrate through traffic on one road while preserving multimodal uses, and allowing the Town to focus commercial development on the former fork.  You can see the official project application summary here:

    When the NVTA ran the analytics on the cost-benefit analysis on the proposal it was ranked #17 out of 60 projects and #10 out of 60 on congestion relief in all of Northern Virginia.  This puts it in a decent position to obtain funding.

    However, there are a total of $2.1 billion of projects competing for only $1.2 billion of funds.  Projects are going to be cut.

    Last week, I spoke with Mayor-Elect Derrick Wood, Council-Woman Elect Monae Dickerson about the importance of funding these projects at the NVTA's public hearing.  Video of our comments are below.

    However, if you would like to see this project funded, it is important that YOU speak up and be heard so that the NVTA's Board members understand just how truly important this project is.

    I have set up an electronic form where you can submit comments that I will personally deliver to each board member.  You can access that form by going to The comment deadline is Saturday, May 20 at midnight.

    It is an honor to serve as your State Senator.  Please email me at if you have any feedback.