Snyder Hails Decision to Put NVTC in Charge of I-66 Project

David Snyder

City of Falls Church Vice Mayor David Snyder, in his role as chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission hailed the decision by the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board to put the commission, or NVTC, in charge of selecting and funding multi-modal improvements in the I-66 “inside the Beltway” project. Snyder issued the following, “NVTC looks forward to forging a strong partnership with the Commonwealth as it implements this innovative and comprehensive solution for improving transportation along this vital corridor. While there are many divergent views about how to address congestion in the I-66 corridor, this project – with its investments in transit; technology upgrades; roadway, intersection and park-and-ride lot improvements; as well as carpools and vanpools – will provide real congestion relief. In fact, we will achieve many times over the measurable benefits, including the number of people able to travel quickly and reliably on I-66 and the surrounding roads. This agreement puts decision making about multimodal investments in the hands of the region. As my colleague, Del. Tom Rust, put it: “NVTC and the region are in the best position to make decisions about what investments are most important to the region. It gives NVTC the opportunity to set standards about how projects are chosen.”

He added, “It also ensures that we are talking about addressing congestion in the entire corridor – both on I-66 and the adjacent streets. We understand that transportation in this corridor is a system with many parts. Communities along I-66 have justifiably been concerned about the effect tolling will have on streets. The agreement takes congestion on arterials into account, allowing for investments in transit and roadway improvements on arterials. Through NVTC, local leaders will control the spending of toll dollars to improve mobility in the corridor, which includes Routes 29, 50 and 7, Wilson Boulevard, and other highly traveled roads. This agreement ensures that we are using all the available tools to address congestion, including transit, park-and-ride lots, carpools and vanpools, roadway improvements that help both transit and cars, technology, and more. As NVTC Commissioner and Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay noted: “No amount of widening can do enough to move people through the area. Transit must to be part of the solution. The agreement locks this down and makes sure it happens. And that is something did not happen didn’t happen on I-395.”