City of Alexandria, VA
A Proposal to Fund Alexandria's Priority Transportation Projects
The proposal to fund Alexandria’s Priority Transportation Projects is being conducted by the City of Alexandria for the purpose of identifying and implementing near and long term projects that have the most transportation needs within the City of Alexandria.
Please check back at this location frequently for updated project information and notifications.
The funding of priority transportation projects is one of the most challenging and unresolved issues facing the City, the Northern Virginia region, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. This is due to a number of factors including population growth at the local, regional and state level, an increasing level of unmet transportation capital and operating funding needs, as well as declining federal, and state transportation funding sources (such as the impact of increased fuel efficient vehicles on a per gallon based gasoline tax).
As part of the transportation funding initiatives which the General Assembly approved (HB3202) during its 2007 session, included was a package of major new regional and local funding options for Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area. As part of this package, the Northern Virginia Regional Transportation Authority (NVTA) was granted new fee and tax options. Local governments in Northern Virginia also were each given a commercial real estate tax option, a vehicle decal fee option, and an impact fee option. If implemented, all of the funds must be dedicated for transportation purposes. While the City has already implemented the vehicle license fee (which in FY 2008 added $8 for most vehicles to the existing $25 decal fee), the City has not taken action to date to implement the add-on commercial real estate tax option or the impact fee option.
During the FY 2011 budget process, City Council requested that staff develop a proposal to identify City transportation priorities, as well as funding by the add-on tax for the FY 2012 budget process. Over the past year, staff has worked with the City’s Transportation Commission to create a prioritization process for needed transportation projects and services, and identify local, reliable funding mechanisms to support a fiscally constrained transportation plan. The purpose of this effort is to address transportation questions such as:
1. What transportation projects would have the most economic benefit for Alexandria businesses/residents
City staff will be attending various civic and community association meetings over the next two months to discuss the proposal and receive feedback. To schedule a meeting please contact: Kathleen Leonard, Public Information Specialist
For additional information, please contact the following:
Sandra Marks, Division Chief, Transportation Planning