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FY2022-2027 Six Year Program

Application

During the application phase (from July 1, 2021 – October, 1 2021), Northern Virginia jurisdictions and agencies were able to apply for NVTA regional funds. Eligible applicants include the region’s counties, cities, five largest towns, transit agencies and other state/regional governmental entities. Individual applicants follow their own local processes for selecting candidate projects and determining how much funding to request. This may include coordinating with other jurisdictions/agencies depending on project location.

Call for Regional Transportation Projects

On June 10, 2021, the Authority unanimously approved the Call for Regional Transportation Projects (CfRTP) for the FY2022-2027 Six Year Program (SYP) Update.

Nearly a month later, on July 1, 2021, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority posted the official CfRTP for its FY2022-2027 Six Year Program. Once again, the CfRTP encouraged applicants to consider how well candidate projects support the regional coherence philosophy integral to TransAction. In anticipation of a high demand for regional revenues, the CfRTP further encouraged applicants to highlight how well their candidate projects complement one another and those in adjacent jurisdictions. Applicants were encouraged to consider NVTA’s core values of equity, sustainability, and safety when submitting applications. All projects considered for regional revenues are subject to a comprehensive regional evaluation process that uses multiple inputs and does not rely on a single metric.

Please check out additional details in a series of short videos that will be posted here to keep you informed about the Six Year Program Update review process, each step of the way.

Monica Backmon, CEO (previously recorded as Executive Director), Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, announces the next Six Year Program Update and official Call for Regional Transportation Projects for NVTA’s FY2022-FY2027 Six Year Program.

Initial Evaluation Process

The applications for Regional Transportation Projects for the FY2022-2027 Six Year Program were due on October 1, 2021, marking the start of NVTA’s initial evaluation process. All projects considered for regional revenues are subject to a comprehensive evaluation process.

Verification

During the verification phase (from October 2, 2021 – early December 2021), NVTA staff met with applicants individually and conducted multiple eligibility reviews for each application:

  • Virginia Code requires for a project to receive NVTA regional funds, it must be included in TransAction, the long-range transportation plan for Northern Virginia. Eligible projects will be included in the TransAction project list, which is the source document NVTA staff uses to verify project eligibility. Since TransAction is geographically unconstrained, some projects included in the current TransAction project list extend beyond Northern Virginia because they are important to mobility within Northern Virginia. Under exceptional circumstances, NVTA may fund projects that extend beyond Northern Virginia using regional funds. However, projects included in TransAction that are located outside Northern Virginia are generally ineligible.
  • NVTA’s process for accepting applications necessitates that each applicant’s governing body, typically a County Board of Supervisors or a City/Town Council, has officially endorsed them. The requested amount can be either a precise amount or a ‘not to exceed’ value. Applications that do not include a governing body resolution, or that request a higher amount than that stated in the governing body resolution, are ineligible. Projects that are located in multiple jurisdictions require a governing body resolution from all jurisdictions.

Submitted Regional Transportation Project Applications

On December 9, 2021, the Authority was presented the latest update on the FY2022-2027 Six Year Program, including an overview of total applications received. Nine Northern Virginia jurisdictions and localities submitted 26 applications to NVTA for funding consideration, with a combined request of more than $1.2 billion. To view a summary of project applications, modal breakouts, and funding requests by each jurisdiction and locality, please see the linked chart and map below. You can also check out Part II of our Six Year Program Update video series, providing additional information.

Summary Chart of FY2022-2027 Six Year Program Candidate Projects

FY2022-2027 Six Year Program Candidate Project Map

Monica Backmon, NVTA CEO, provides an update on the FY2022-2027 Six Year Program, discusses candidate projects and outlines next steps.

Table 1: Summary of Applications by Jurisdiction/Locality

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Evaluation

During the evaluation phase (November 2021 – March 2022), NVTA staff will conduct detailed reviews of each application and prepare summaries of quantitative and qualitative evaluations. During March 2022, NVTA staff will share initial findings with selected NVTA committees for review and comment. All meetings are open to the public:

NVTA staff will review the project applications, conduct eligibility verifications, request clarifications, and prepare information for the modeling and other analytical work, including congestion reduction relative to cost calculations.

The project application process will be automated, enabling jurisdiction/agency staff to submit applications through an online portal. This greatly streamlines the application process for both NVTA and jurisdiction/agency staff. Additionally, staff from each jurisdiction/agency will be invited to meet with NVTA staff to present their respective applications and to provide an early opportunity for NVTA staff to request clarifications. Candidate projects will advance to the detailed project evaluation phase. It is noted that project details may change during the evaluation phase to reflect any updates that are received by NVTA staff. A breakdown of applications based on the primary mode for the project applications will be provided once ready. Please note that the projects may support other modes too.

A variety of materials are listed below, as part of the Public Comment Period phase of the Six Year Program Update. 

For more information on how NVTA evaluates regionally significant transportation projects, please visit our NVTATransAction.org website to learn more about TransAction Project Ratings (previously HB 599 ratings).

Public Engagement

During the March 10, 2022 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority business meeting, the NVTA unanimously approved the Public Hearing and Public Comment Period for the FY2022-2027 Six Year Program (SYP). As part of the NVTA’s SYP Update, we invite you to provide feedback on a list of 26 candidate transportation projects submitted by nine Northern Virginia jurisdictions and localities for regional funding consideration, with a combined request of more than $1.2 billion. The projects being evaluated cover multiple modes of transportation, including railway, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), roadways, pedestrian/bicycle pathways, and transportation technologies.

The Public Comment Period began April 15, 2022 and will conclude May 22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, with the SYP Public Hearing scheduled for May 12, 2022 at 7 p.m. Find out more on all the ways to engage with us and how to provide comment at TheNoVaAuthority.org/SYP-comment.

The following materials have been made available for your comment:

Please reference our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), for further clarification about the aforementioned packet materials for comment and the Six Year Program Update process.

Monica Backmon, NVTA CEO, explains the FY2022-2027 Public Comment Period and how to participate.

The public was invited to provide comment on 26 multimodal transportation projects submitted by 9 jurisdictions across Northern Virginia, for regional funding consideration. A hybrid Public Hearing was held on May 12, 2022, along with a Six Year Program Overview presentation just prior to testimony.

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A compilation of the public comments received will be made available after the public comment period ends.

Recommendation and Adoption

During the recommendation phase (June – mid-July 2022), NVTA staff will develop and present project recommendations to three committees, which in turn, provide final comments and their own recommendations in June. An updated recommendation will be considered by the full Authority at its regularly scheduled business meeting in July 2022. The Authority is anticipated to take action to adopt the FY2022-2027 Six Year Program during the July 2022 meeting. Keep an eye on scheduled Committee meetings to be held in June/early July 2022, here on this webpage, or on the individual Committee Meeting pages on this website.

Reporting

During the reporting phase (summer 2022), NVTA staff will prepare a final report on the FY2022-2027 Six Year Program, including a schedule for appropriating funds to each project.