FY2020-2025 Six Year Program Phases
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During the application phase (from July 1, 2019 – September 27, 2019), 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 July 1, 2019, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority posted a Call for Regional Transportation Projects for FY2024 and FY2025 regional revenue consideration as part of the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program Update. The Authority expects to allocate at least $400 million towards projects across the Northern Virginia region when the Six Year Program Update is adopted in June 2020. 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, NVTA Executive Director, announces the Authority’s FY2024-2025 Six Year Program Update Call for Regional Transportation Projects.
Initial Evaluation Process
The applications for Regional Transportation Projects for FY2024 and FY2025 regional revenue consideration were due on September 27, 2019, marking the start of NVTA’s initial evaluation process. All projects considered for regional revenues are subject to a comprehensive evaluation process. Part II of our Six Year Program Update video series below.
Monica Backmon, NVTA Executive Director, explains the FY2024-2025 Six Year Program Update evaluation process.
During the verification phase (from September 30, 2019 – early December 2019), 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 are included in the TransAction project list, which is the source document NVTA staff used to verify project eligibility. Since TransAction is geographically unconstrained, some of the 352 projects included in the current 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 and Available Funding
On October 10, 2019, the Authority was presented the latest update on the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program, including an overview of total applications received. Thirteen Northern Virginia jurisdictions and agencies submitted 46 applications to NVTA for funding consideration, with a combined request of approximately $1.7 billion. NVTA expects to allocate at least $400 million on projects throughout Northern Virginia when the Six Year Program Update is adopted in June 2020. Although $400 million is a significant amount of money, this funding cycle will likely be NVTA’s most oversubscribed program to date. To view a summary of project applications and funding requests by each jurisdiction and agency, please see the tables below. Also, check out Part III of our Six Year Program Update video series for more details.
Monica Backmon, NVTA Executive Director, discusses the number of regional transportation project applications received and resources available.
Table 1: Summary of Applications by Jurisdiction/Agency
Table 2: Comparison of Requested and Approved Funding (all NVTA Funding Programs*)
|Funding Program||Amount Requested
*Adjusted for approved projects subsequently withdrawn
**Current estimated regional revenues available for the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program
During the evaluation phase (November 2019 – February 2020), NVTA staff will conduct detailed reviews of each application and prepare summaries of quantitative and qualitative evaluations. During February 2020, NVTA staff will share initial findings with selected NVTA committees for review and comment. All meetings are open to the public:
- Technical Advisory Committee (typically third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
- Planning Coordination and Advisory Committee (typically fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
- Planning and Programming Committee (ad hoc schedule during business hours)
The deadline for eligible jurisdictions and agencies to respond to the Call for Regional Transportation Projects was September 27, 2019, and to submit the governing body resolutions was November 29, 2019. NVTA staff have been reviewing the project applications, conducting eligibility verifications, requesting clarifications, and preparing information for the modeling and other analytical work, including congestion reduction relative to cost calculations.
For the first time in any NVTA funding program, the project application process was automated, enabling jurisdiction/agency staff to submit applications through an online portal. This greatly streamlined the application process for both NVTA and jurisdiction/agency staff. Another first for the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program was inviting staff from each jurisdiction/agency to meet with NVTA staff to present their respective applications and to provide an early opportunity for NVTA staff to request clarifications.
The candidate project list includes 41 applications from 13 jurisdictions/agencies, with a combined request of approximately $1.44 billion. These candidate projects will now 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 is provided on Table 3 below. Please note that the projects may support other modes too.
Table 3: Summary of Applications by Primary Mode
|Primary Mode||Applications (#)|
|New roadway capacity and/or alignment||21|
|New or improved intersection/interchange||6|
|Improvement/Access to Metrorail/VRE Commuter Rail||4|
|New or improved bus/BRT facility||2|
|New or improved pedestrian path/trail and bicycle lane/path||7|
|New or improved bicycle facility||1|
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).
Take a look at Part IV of our Six Year Program Update video series for more details on the FY2020-2025 SYP Evaluation Process.
Monica Backmon, NVTA Executive Director, announces the release of the regional transportation candidate project list and evaluation process.
During the public engagement phase (March 13, 2020 – May 24, 2020), the Authority is making available the project list and evaluation summary, as part of the public comment process. During the public comment period, the Authority will host a Public Hearing on May 14, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 situation and Governor Northam’s Stay at Home Order outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Five, it is strongly encouraged Northern Virginians provide comments electronically or via postal service. Public comment submission details can be found at www.TheNoVaAuthority.org/SYP-comment.
The Authority invites the public to learn more about and comment on the 41 candidate transportation projects under consideration for funding. The projects being evaluated cover multiple modes of transportation, including roadways, transit and pedestrian/bicycle pathways.
Below you will find a detailed project list, individual project description forms, maps and detailed analyses for your review and comment.
While the Public Hearing will commence at NVTA’s offices at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020, directly following a brief presentation on the Six Year Program Process, the Hearing can also be viewed remotely via Facebook Live on the Authority’s page (@TheNVTA). There will be an opportunity for the public to provide testimony in-person, but again, due to COVID-19 concerns, it is strongly encouraged that Northern Virginians provide comments electronically or via postal service.
However, residents who choose to attend the Public-Hearing in-person should sign up in advance in one of the following three ways:
- Email: SYPcomment@TheNoVAAuthority.org
- Phone: 703-642-4652
- In-person: On May 14, from 6:55 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
All speakers must be signed in by 7:15 p.m. and will be required to present in front of a laptop computer for live-streaming purposes. The Public Hearing will conclude at 8:00 p.m. unless there are individuals present who have not had the opportunity to speak. Safe social distancing practices will be enforced. Please click here to learn more about safety protocols in place.
If interested in providing public testimony over the phone during the Public Hearing, you will need to pre-register by contacting NVTA at 703-642-4652 or email SYPcomment@TheNoVAAuthority.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020. Please make sure you provide your name, contact phone number, and residential zip code. A NVTA staff member will be in touch to schedule your time for comment before the Authority.
We are taking an abundance of caution and cancelling this year’s Open House, keeping your safety top of mind. Instead, all materials that were to be on display at the previously scheduled Open House, in addition to detailed Frequently Asked Questions, are accessible below.
For more details about the public comment period process, how to submit comments, and the Public Hearing, please visit www.TheNoVaAuthority.org/SYP-comment.
The Authority will not act on the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program after the Public Hearing on May 14, 2020, but will continue to receive comment through 11:59 p.m. May 24, 2020. At the conclusion of the public comment period, NVTA will incorporate public comments into the project evaluation summary. The Authority is anticipated to adopt the Six Year Program Update at the Authority Meeting on July 9, 2020.
Public input is an important part of the Six Year Program Update process. Feedback is encouraged and all public comment provided will be reviewed and considered.
The public was invited to provide comment on 41 multimodal transportation projects submitted by 13 jurisdictions and agencies across Northern Virginia, for regional funding consideration. A virtual Public Hearing was held for the first time on May 14, 2020. Public comment runs through 11:59 p.m. on May 24, 2020.
As part of the Six Year Program Update Video Series, Erica Hawksworth, Communications & Public Affairs Manager, NVTA, thanks everyone who provided feedback during the Public Comment Period (March 13 – May 24, 2020), and outlines next steps in the update process.
During the recommendation phase (June – mid-July), NVTA staff will develop and present project recommendations to each committee, which in turn, will provide final comments and their own recommendations. In July 2020, NVTA staff will present final recommendations to the Authority, which will take action to adopt the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program.