Virginia

Northern Virginia is an economic engine and with smart investments in walkable, inclusive, transit-oriented communities, the region can continue to thrive while reducing traffic and saving open space.

That’s why we support transit communities, revitalization of aging commercial corridors, and transit investments in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun, and Prince William.

Yet, some still push for a return to 1950s-style development and an outer beltway that will gobble-up farms and forests, and divert resources from existing transportation needs. That’s why we must also fight for reform in transportation policies at the state level and encourage smart growth policies statewide.

Latest Happenings


Historic Transportation Bill on its way to Virginia Governor

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The final hours of the Virginia State Senate session have handed Governor Bob McDonnell the legacy-building legislation he's been fighting for. Lawmakers voted for a landmark transportation funding package that will raise $880 million dollars for road construction, maintenance, and transit. The legislation replaces the per gallon gas tax with
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Senate Vote Passes $880 Million Highway Reform

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The state Senate has passed the first long-term reform to Virginia's floundering 27-year-old system for funding repairs and upkeep of its 58,000-mile network of highways. The 25-15 vote sends to Gov. Bob McDonnell what would be the defining policy legacy in the fourth and final year of the single, non-renewable
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Why the Transportation Bill is Bad Public Policy and a Bad Deal for Virginia

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VIRGINIA - "Look beyond the deal specifics and look at the real implications of the announced deal on HB2313, and you'll see a bill that represents bad fiscal policy and bad transportation policy," said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth. "It's a bad deal for Virginia. Without reforming VDOT spending the statewide component of the funding will be wasted, and all Virginians will have to pay for this waste. On the same day that the conference committee announced a deal proposing about $850 million per year in additional transportation funding, we learned that VDOT is wasting yet more of the $3 billion in funds approved by the General Assembly in 2011," said Chris Miller, President of the Piedmont Environmental Council. "Yesterday, in a presentation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board, VDOT said it would allocate $869 million in borrowed federal funds to Route 460 and the Coalfields Expressway, two of the most wasteful projects to ever be proposed in Virginia. Then there is the $1.25 billion or so they propose to waste on the Charlottesville Bypass and the NoVA Outer Beltway. "
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NCRTPB votes to consider new access roads for Dulles airport

NCRTPB votes to consider new access roads for Dulles airport

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The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve studying multiple proposals for new access roads on the west side of Dulles International Airport. Dulles International Airport. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Joe Ravi CC-BY-SA-30 As a critical hub for trade and commerce, Dulles needs more access roads for cargo
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Residents Seek Answers About ‘Outer Beltway’ During Forum

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More than 150 people gathered in the auditorium of John Champe High School Monday night to learn more about the state’s plans to build a new highway across Loudoun and Prince William counties. For most in the room, there were more questions than answers, even for program organizers—longtime critics who
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