Transportation Fact Sheet - 2011 Legislative Program

Northern Virginia Transportation Needs

Northern Virginia needs additional $700 million per year for transportation, above existing revenue streams (TransAction 2030).

Additional $172 million per year is needed to meet state commitment of 95% of eligible transit operating and capital expenses (as for urban roadway maintenance).

VRE needs more than $265 million for high priority capital, including: acquisition of new high-capacity railcars and of a new fare collection system; expansion of service and of mid-day storage of commuter trains; and the extension of platforms within the network. 

Fairfax County’s Secondary Road Program has declined from $29 million (FY 2004) to $240,000 (FY 2010) to literally zero (FY 2011) and beyond.

The Current Situation

CTB actions:

  • Over the past three years, the Commonwealth Transportation Board has cut $4.6 billion from the Six Year Program. 
  • Unable to sell a majority of the $3 billion in statewide transportation bonds (HB 3202), as originally scheduled, due to insufficient revenues to pay debt service.  $500 million were sold in May 2010. 

VDOT has reduced staff from approximately 8,500 on September 8, 2008, to approximately 6,800, as of July 1, 2010, leaving the Department with over 600 unfilled positions below the maximum employment level of 7,500.

Growth in VDOT maintenance spending being reduced; however, costs for individual maintenance activities are increasing.

Possibility:  Virginia soon unable to match federal transportation funds, requiring state to return some of these funds (in past Virginia has benefited from additional federal funds from other states unable to match).

 Other Information

Current transportation funding sources:

  • $0.175 per gallon of gasoline
  • ½% sales tax
  • 3% sales tax on motor vehicles
  • Vehicle registration fees
  • Driver’s license fees
  • Auto insurance premium taxes
  • 2% recordation tax

 Sample County project costs:

  • Signalizing an intersection: $250,000
  • Major Interchange (Fairfax County Parkway @ Fair Lakes Parkway): $80 million
  • Major Intersection Improvement (Rt. 29 @ Gallows Rd.): $120 million
  • Road Widening Project (Stringfellow Rd (2 to 4 lanes Rt. 50 to Fair Lakes Blvd): $46 million
  • Springfield CBD Multi-modal Transit Center: $40 million
  • Metrorail Car: $3 million
  • Fairfax Connector Bus: $444,500


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