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Public Invited to Provide Input on I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit and TDM Recommendations

January 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

December 21, 2020

Office of the Virginia Secretary of Transportation
Contact: Amy Wight
Phone: (804) 291-6206

Public Invited to Provide Input on I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit and TDM Recommendations

Study aimed at reducing congestion through multimodal mobility ~

(RICHMOND) – The Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) have compiled the findings and recommendations for the I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) study. The agencies are seeking public input on the draft recommendations for multimodal improvements along the corridor during a public comment period that is open through February 1, 2021. Additionally, DRPT will host a Virtual Public Meeting on January 12, to provide a full briefing on recommendations, answer questions, and accept live public comment.

DRPT and MDOT-MTA have jointly managed and funded the study. The overall goals are to prioritize transit options and transportation demand management strategies that address bi-state travel across the American Legion Bridge.

“The Commonwealth is partnering with Maryland to address one of our country’s most congested corridors,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Secretary Slater and I share a commitment to delivering multimodal solutions that will create more seamless mobility throughout the region for decades to come.”

“The American Legion Bridge is a critical corridor for the region’s continued growth, and this joint study has been a great collaboration between Maryland and Virginia,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Greg Slater. “These draft recommendations are vital to reducing significant traffic congestion and improving the quality of life for Marylanders and Virginians traveling across the Potomac River.”

December 21, 2020 – February 1, 2021, Public Comment Period:

  • Online Form
  • (703) 253-3324
  • Mailing Address: DRPT Attn: Ciara Williams. 1725 Duke Street, Suite 675. Alexandria, VA 22314

January 12, 2020 (7:00 p.m.) Virtual Public Meeting:

  • Register here
  • Provide public comment at the conclusion of the presentation

“The potential improvements were determined by evaluating the travel markets between Maryland and Virginia and studying a number of transit routes, technology, and commuter assistance options,” stated Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Jennifer Mitchell. “The resulting recommendations focus on maximizing ridership in relation to cost, providing meaningful connections to areas with low income and minority populations, creating access to jobs, and connecting people to those jobs.”

“Improving mobility across the region is critical to expanding access to employment, education, and housing,” said MDOT Maryland Transit Administration Administrator Kevin Quinn. “Transit is an important mobility solution that provides connectivity between regions.”  

This study complements the ongoing work with the I-495 NEXT project and Maryland’s Managed Lanes Study and is intended to identify a range of current and future multimodal solutions that can be implemented to reduce congestion, improve trip reliability and regional connections, and enhance existing and planned multimodal mobility and connectivity. In selecting the recommended potential improvements, the study examined the overall forecasted effect on reducing congestion, the economic benefits of proposed transit connections, and the projected cost of implementing the improvements. Public comment will be used to finalize the recommendations, which will inform potential future investments in transit in the I-495/American Legion Bridge corridor.



About the Transportation Secretariat

The Secretariat is comprised of a $6 billion multimodal transportation system the crosses seven agencies and employs more than 10,000 people.  This network connects Virginians to jobs, education, and healthcare across the Commonwealth and serves as the platform for Virginia’s economy.  The transportation agencies work to create and maintain a system that moves people and goods by rail, water, transit, and over roadways.  Seaports, airports, a spaceport, bridges, tunnels, and highways serve as global gateways for the Commonwealth, opening Virginia to economic opportunity by creating access to regional, national, and world markets.


January 12, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


NVTA Offices
2600 Park Tower Drive,
Vienna, VA 22180 United States