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The George Washington Region

  2. 2. Rapid Growth:<br /><ul><li> Current population of more than 320,000 people
  3. 3. Fastest-growing Region in Virginia
  4. 4. 400% increase in region’s population </li></ul> since 1960<br /><ul><li> Region is forecasted to grow to about </li></ul> 600,000 persons by 2035<br /><ul><li> Region will remain the fastest growing in Virginia
  5. 5. Future growth is likely to be low density and largely suburban</li></li></ul><li>Transportation Issues:<br /><ul><li> Region faces significant increases in </li></ul> travel demand over the next 28 years<br /><ul><li>Without improvements to the transportation system…
  6. 6. Congestion will increase on the region’s most important transportation corridors
  7. 7. People’s mobility will be reduced
  8. 8. Region’s competitiveness may decrease
  9. 9. Current revenues are not forecasted to </li></ul> be sufficient to cover all future transportation<br /> needs<br />2035 Unimproved Highway Network<br />
  10. 10. Transportation Funding Through 2035:<br /><ul><li> Over $10 Billion in Transportation Needs Identified through 2035
  11. 11. Only $2.5 Billion in Revenues Identified through 2035
  12. 12. $7.5 Billion Revenue Shortfall =
  13. 13. Many of the Region’s Highways Remain Congested
  14. 14. Fewer Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
  15. 15. Less Transit Service and fewer TDM Programs</li></li></ul><li>Future Policy Choices for Development and Investment:<br /><ul><li> Region is at a crossroads
  16. 16. Insufficient funds to meet future transportation </li></ul> system needs<br /><ul><li>Current development policies – creating sprawl – </li></ul> will exacerbate issues<br /><ul><li>Three distinct policy directions are available as the </li></ul> region moves forward…<br /><ul><li> Option 1: Stay the Course
  17. 17. Option 2: Identify and Secure Additional Transportation Funding
  18. 18. Option 3: Identify and Secure Additional Transportation Funding AND Adapt Regional Growth Policies</li></li></ul><li>Regional Funding Initiatives:<br /><ul><li> George Washington Toll Road Authority
  19. 19. All Three MPO Localities are VRE Members
  20. 20. Local Bond Programs (Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties)
  21. 21. VDOT Revenue Sharing Program</li></li></ul><li>Regional Land Use Scenario Planning:<br /><ul><li> Process is not intended to supersede local land use controls or policies
  22. 22. Lets participants explore the “what if’s” of the region’s future
  23. 23. Allows people to understand and consider the trade-offs between different growth scenarios and policy decisions
  24. 24. Provides a forum to reframe ideas and questions on growth
  25. 25. Provides the information to help answer the what, where, </li></ul> when and how growth should occur to meet a shared vision<br /><ul><li>Allows localities to see their land use decision impacts on </li></ul> neighboring localities. <br />“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”<br />-- Albert Einstein<br />
  26. 26. Regional Land Use Scenario Planning:<br />“Base Year”<br />“Future Year Alternatives”<br />
  27. 27. Regional Cooperation:<br /><ul><li> Multimodal Project Prioritization Methodology
  28. 28. MPO Funds Design-Build Project Initiative
  29. 29. Various Major Roadway Projects Funded
  30. 30. Human Services Transit
  31. 31. Partnerships with FRED, VRE, PRTC and NVTC
  32. 32. Caroline County Train Station Design & </li></ul>NEPA Documentation<br /><ul><li> Commuter Parking Lot Expansion
  33. 33. Trails</li></ul>Route 3 Widening Groundbreaking<br />
  34. 34. Regional Cooperation:<br />Garrisonville/Onville Rd. <br />Intersection Improvements<br />Route 630 Bridge Replacement<br />Staffordboro Commuter Parking Lot Expansion<br />Virginia Central Railway Trail<br />Spotsylvania Parkway Bridge over I-95<br />Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass Phase II<br />
  35. 35. Missing Critical Links:<br /><ul><li> Interstate Improvements
  36. 36. 3 Interchange Projects and </li></ul> Associated Mainline Improvements<br /><ul><li> Primary System
  37. 37. Toll Roads
  38. 38. US-17 and US-1 Improvements
  39. 39. MCB Quantico BRAC Related Improvements</li></li></ul><li>Missing Critical Links:<br />Rebuilt I-95/SC-630 Interchange Footprint<br />
  40. 40. Missing Critical Links:<br />Rest Area Interchange <br />
  41. 41. Missing Critical Links:<br />Rappahannock Parkway Toll Road<br />
  42. 42. Missing Critical Links:<br />Rest Area Interchange & Rappahannock Toll Road with Potential Southwestern Extension to Jackson Gateway Interchange<br />
  43. 43. Complicating Factors:<br /><ul><li>BRAC Actions (MCB Quantico, NSWC Dahlgren & Fort A.P. Hill )
  44. 44. State UDA Law Revisions
  45. 45. Proposed EPA Air Quality Standard Revisions
  46. 46. Lack of Adequate Federal and State Funding for Transportation Infrastructure</li></li></ul><li>Improving Institutional Climate:<br /><ul><li> New Commonwealth Transportation Secretary
  47. 47. New Leadership at FHWA
  48. 48. New Leadership at VDOT and DRPT
  49. 49. Creation of VAMPO
  50. 50. Desire to Reform Project Development</li></ul> Process Statewide<br />