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FY2020-2025 Six Year Program

Application

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.

Verification

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

Jurisdiction/
Agency
Applications
(#)
Continuation Projects
(percent)
Funding Request
($)
Counties
Arlington 5 20 68,884,000
Fairfax 10 70 846,895,330
Loudoun 4 0 96,599,000
Prince William 11 27 237,500,000
Cities
Alexandria 1 100 75,000,000
Fairfax 5 60 26,320,000
Falls Church 2 0 15,200,000
Towns
Dumfries 1 100 78,000,000
Leesburg 1 100 120,400,000
Vienna 2 0 5,982,400
Commonwealth
DRPT 1 0

100,000,000

Regional Agencies
NOVA Parks 1 0 5,646,000
VRE 2 50 18,051,537
 
Total 46

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1,694,478,267


Table 2: Comparison of Requested and Approved Funding (all NVTA Funding Programs*)

Funding Program Amount Requested
($)
Amount Approved
($)
Approved/Requested
(percent)
FY2014 339,693,000 185,884,185 55
FY2015-2016 467,124,215 336,944,000 72
FY2017 297,949,000 166,043,951 56
FY2018-2023 2,470,139,861 1,285,273,281 52
  3,574,906,076 1,974,145,417 55
 
FY2020-2025 1,694,478,267 400,000,000**

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*Adjusted for approved projects subsequently withdrawn
**Current estimated regional revenues available for the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program

Evaluation

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:

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
TOTAL 41

 

View a hi-res PDF of the FY2020-2025 SYP Candidate Project map.

View the interactive FY2020-2025 SYP Candidate Project map.

View the FY2020-2025 SYP Candidate Project List.

Individual Project Description Forms.

Take a look at Part IV of our Six Year Program Update video series for more details.

Monica Backmon, NVTA Executive Director, announces the release of the regional transportation candidate project list and evaluation process.

Public Engagement

During the public engagement phase (mid-March 2020 – end of April 2020), the Authority will release the project list and evaluation summary, initiating the public comment process. During the public comment period, the Authority will host an Open House and Public Hearing, as well as invite individual jurisdictions, at their sole discretion, to organize their own Town Hall meetings. At the conclusion of the public comment period, NVTA will incorporate public comments into the project evaluation summary.

Recommendation

During the recommendation phase (May 2020 – mid-June 2020), NVTA staff will develop and present project recommendations to each committee, which in turn, will provide final comments and their own recommendations. In June 2020, NVTA staff will present final recommendations to the Authority, which will take action to adopt the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program.

Reporting

During the reporting phase (summer 2020), NVTA staff will prepare a final report on the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program, including a schedule for appropriating funds to each project.