Ellen Posner Receives Transportation Achievement Award


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May 9, 2005

 

Ellen Posner Receives Transportation Advisory Commission’s
Transportation Achievement Award

Fairfax County Assistant Attorney Ellen Posner today received the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission’s Transportation Achievement Award at the Board of Supervisors meeting. The annual award was presented by George Barker, chairman of the advisory commission.

“Ellen has been vital to the success of numerous Fairfax County transportation projects and funding agreements for many years,” said Barker. “She has contributed to funding pedestrian, roadway and transit projects and services through her role as the principal attorney for the Department of Transportation. Although Ellen has been an important part of transportation project development over the past 16 years, her hard work and dedication were particularly important during the past year.” Posner was further cited for her proactive and creative approach to intergovernmental transportation, which has allowed projects to move forward expeditiously.

Barker cited Posner’s contributions in several areas:

  • Metro Matters Funding Agreement — In a very short time frame, Posner assisted the Department of Transportation in negotiating the agreement between the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the local and state governments that fund Metro. This agreement provides $3 billion over the next five years to help meet Metro’s critical capital funding shortfall, which will keep the existing Metrorail and Metrobus systems in good repair and allow them to accommodate current and future ridership growth.
  • Richmond Highway Public Transportation Initiative — Posner has been instrumental in the continued development and success of the initiative, a series of projects aimed at increasing transit ridership, effectiveness and efficiency, in addition to improving pedestrian safety while complementing community development along the Richmond Highway corridor. Posner helped the Department of Transportation advance funding agreements to enhance 20 bus stop locations and adjacent intersection improvements.
  • County-State Transportation Coordination — In a vital effort between the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services to change, improve and expedite project agreements between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the county to receive approved federal funds from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, Posner spearheaded the coordination between the County Attorney’s office and the commonwealth’s Office of the Attorney General. As a result, the amount of time it takes for the county to receive the pass-through federal funding from VDOT has been substantially reduced.

The Transportation Advisory Commission, under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, advises the board and provides information and comments on major transportation issues faced by the county. It also provides recommendations to the board regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in the county.

For more information about the Transportation Advisory Commission or the Transportation Achievement Award, please visit the advisory commission’s Web page at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/tac/ or contact Jay Guy, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, at 703-324-1100, TTY 703-324-1102.

L. to R.: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald Connolly; Fairfax County Assistant Attorney and award recipient Ellen Posner; Transportation Advisory Commission Chairman George Barker; and Fairfax County Department of Transportation Director Young Ho Chang.

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