Connolly Receives National Transportation Award

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Sept. 13, 2006

Gerald E. Connolly Receives National Transportation Award
for Distinguished Service

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly has received the 2006 Local Distinguished Service Award from the American Public Transportation Association. The award will be presented during a special ceremony at APTA’s annual meeting in October in San Jose, Calif. APTA’s awards program recognizes excellence in the public transportation industry.

Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine said, “As transportation is a central theme of this year’s legislative session in Virginia, Chairman Connolly made sure that the discussion recognized the important role that public transportation plays in reducing congestion and creating livable communities. Chairman Connolly is a staunch advocate for transit and I’m pleased to see him honored for his consistent support.”

“Maintaining and expanding our public transportation network in Fairfax County is vital to keeping the region moving and giving the public choices to get where they need to go,” said Connolly. During the past year, he has pushed for the creation of a dedicated source of revenue for Metro, which would enable it to improve service and take advantage of federal funding. He has advocated for transit-oriented development within Fairfax County, creating communities where transit can be an integral and viable transportation option. Connolly also created the Tysons Corner Transportation and Urban Design Study, which seeks to ensure that rail service is complemented by urban design that fosters a sense of community and encourages transit use.

Early in his term as chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Connolly laid out a Four-Year Transportation Plan which the board approved unanimously. “Providing transportation options is the centerpiece,” explained Connolly, “along with being good policy.” The Four-Year Plan included support of the extension of Metrorail through Tysons Corner and the Dulles Corridor, and called for a $165 million bond referendum that county voters passed with a record 78 percent approval rate. Of the $165 million bond, $110 was allocated for the county’s share of the “Metro Matters” capital improvement program. The Four-Year Plan also included the September 2004 launch of the South County Bus Plan, which increased bus service in southern Fairfax County by 40 percent and introduced REX – the Richmond Highway Express – a limited-stop, rapid-transit-style bus service connecting Fort Belvoir with the Huntington and King Street Metro stations.

In 2005, Connolly received the Outstanding Contribution to Transit Award from the Virginia Transit Association. He has represented Fairfax County on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission since 1999, currently serving as chairman, as well as chair of NVTC’s legislative committee. He also is a voting member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

Connolly was selected for the national APTA award for his outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry and for demonstrating APTA’s core values: leadership, integrity, excellence, diversity, inclusiveness, fairness and equity, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

For more information about the award, contact Beth Francis in the Department of Transportation at 703-324-1153, TTY 711.


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