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I-66 Inside the Beltway Framework Document

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I-66 Inside the Beltway Framework Document

Board Transportation Committee

July 14, 2015

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I-66 Inside the Beltway Framework Document

  1. 1. County of Fairfax, Virginia I-66 Inside the Beltway Framework Document Board Transportation Committee July 14, 2015 Tom Biesiadny, Director Fairfax County Department of Transportation 1
  2. 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia Project Basics • Congestion on I-66 Inside the Beltway is a significant problem. • Roadway congestion also affects the reliability of bus service • Metrorail’s Orange and Silver Lines are experiencing overcrowding. • Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne proposed tolling I-66 Inside the Beltway in both directions in the a.m. and p.m. peak periods. • These tolls would generate about $5-10 million per year in revenues (after operations and maintenance) to support multimodal improvements in the corridor. Department of Transportation 2
  3. 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia Purpose and Need The purpose of the I-66 Multimodal Project Inside the Beltway is to move more people and enhance connectivity in the corridor by improving transit service, reducing roadway congestion, and increasing travel options. Department of Transportation 3
  4. 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia Multimodal Improvements Multimodal Package Includes: • Improved transit service • Improved bicyclist and pedestrian access • Transportation demand management strategies • Integrated Corridor Management • Tolling non-HOV 3+ vehicles during peak period • Consideration of future widening Recently, the Secretary has expressed a willingness to retain free use for HOV-2+, until improvements outside the Beltway are complete. Department of Transportation 4
  5. 5. County of Fairfax, Virginia Framework Agreement: Background • In February 2015, Secretary Layne asked Arlington, Fairfax County and Falls Church to identify a regional partner for the I-66 Inside the Beltway Project • On March 3, 2015, the Board considered this request and recommended that the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission be designated as the regional partner • Similar action taken by the Arlington Board and the Falls Church City Council • On March 10, 2015, the three jurisdictions transmitted their request to Secretary Layne. • On March 25, 2015, Secretary Layne responded and concurred with the jurisdictions’ recommendation. 5
  6. 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia Project Corridor * The Corridor is defined as I-66 from I-495 to US 29 in Rosslyn and the parallel facilities: Arlington Blvd., Lee Hwy, Wilson Blvd., Washington Blvd., portions of Route 7, and the Metrorail Orange Line. 6
  7. 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia Framework Agreement: Purpose  Project Goal: Move more people, enhance connectivity in the Corridor, and provide new travel choices  Assumption: the HOT facility may impact the transportation network in the Corridor, particularly Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church requiring additional multimodal transportation improvements  The agreement will provide the mechanism for the allocation of remaining toll revenue from the HOT facility for the multimodal transportation improvements under this project.  Proposal reflects original jurisdictional staff effort. NVTC requested several changes when briefed last week. 7
  8. 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia Framework Agreement: Parties  Commonwealth of Virginia: VDOT will collect revenue, operate and maintain facility, and distribute remaining funding.  NVTC  Serve as fiduciary in receiving, managing, and segregating all remaining toll revenues  Develop a project application through the MAC  Facilitate project selection process through the MAC  Approve use of funds for multimodal projects  Ensure lawful use of revenues and report on use  Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church (“Jurisdictions”): In consultation with VDOT and NVTC, apply selection criteria and recommend projects for funding 8
  9. 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia Framework Agreement: Revenue Collection 9 VDOT • Collects toll revenue, using a portion for operations and maintenance and any debt service on repayment of the Toll Road Revolving Fund • Provides revenue estimates and final reports to NVTC to ensure sufficient cash flow for operating and project selection • Distributes to NVTC remaining toll revenue on an established basis. • Establishes the legal requirements for use of toll revenues NVTC • Ensures toll revenue is maintained and expended in accordance with all legal requirements • Submits to the parties to the Agreement all proposed administrative expenses to be paid from toll revenues for their review and comment
  10. 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia Framework Agreement: Proposed Project Selection 1. NVTC calls for project from eligible submitters including • Planning District 8 jurisdictions, transit agencies, VDOT, DRPT 2. NVTC conducts preliminary screening of projects • Is the project in the 2012 Multimodal Study and referenced documentation*? • Is the project located in or does it provide service to the Corridor? • Does the project align with the legal and VDOT requirements? 3. NVTC provides list of candidate projects to MAC 10 * The 2012 I-66 Multimodal Study Inside the Beltway incorporates the 2013 Supplemental Report and the CLRP+ baseline (2011 CLRP and the transit/TDM improvements from the 2009 DRPT I-66Transit/TDM Study)
  11. 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia Framework Agreement: Proposed Project Selection (continued) 4. NVTC applies selection criteria • Jurisdictions, VDOT/DRPT, and NVTC screen list and develop draft list of projects 5. MAC recommendations draft list of projects 6. NVTC holds public hearing to review draft list of projects 7. Jurisdictions, VDOT/DRPT, and NVTC finalize list of projects based on feedback • If there is disagreement, staff will meet and confer. CAOs are final arbiters 8. NVTC forwards finalized list to jurisdictions for approval 9. NVTC approves use of funding for recommended projects • If no concurrence, NVTC remands list to jurisdictions for further refinement 11
  12. 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia Framework Agreement: Project Funding  NVTC will:  Develop a project agreement for use by NVTC to distribute funding to project sponsors  Provide funding to project sponsors as outlined in agreement  Monitor project implementation to ensure compliance  Conduct periodic reviews of projects  Report on the use of funding in consultation with project sponsors and to the public  Project sponsors will:  implement projects and services  provide documentation of expenses and information regarding project status 12
  13. 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 13 Framework Agreement: NVTC Comments • Staff from Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church briefed NVTC on the proposal on July 9, 2015. • Comments included: – Loudoun County representatives opposed tolling I-66 inside the Beltway – Some General Assembly members questioned where the tolls would go and whether or not the project needs to be rated for congestion relief (HB 599). – There was some sentiment that NVTA rather than NVTC should be the regional partner. – Commissioners requested a list of the potential projects – Commissioners expressed concern about the impacts on the tolls on the local network – Commissioners indicated that it is important to keep the toll revenue in the corridor.
  14. 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia Framework Agreement: NVTC Comments (continued) – Commissioners requested more clarification about the role of the commissioners versus the role of staff. – Commissioners opined that the Commission should approve the selection criteria. – Commissioners noted that some improvements will need to be done in advance, before tolling is implemented. – Commissioners expressed a strong preference that the Commission approve the projects. – There was some discussion about whether the toll revenue could be bonded to allow larger projects to be constructed. • Jurisdiction, VDOT and NVTC staff are working to address the Commissions comments, concerns and suggestions. Department of Transportation 14
  15. 15. County of Fairfax, Virginia Timeline 15 June • Brief MAC 6/16/15 July • Brief NVTC & Jurisdiction Governing Bodies • Draft Agreement 7/30/15 Sept. • Update NVTC - 9/3/15 • Brief CTB • Approval Fairfax (9/22/15), Falls Church, Arlington October • Approval NVTC 10/1/15 • Approval CTB
  16. 16. County of Fairfax, Virginia Questions and Comments? Department of Transportation 16

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