Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces Development of the Super NoVa Transit and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Action Plan

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Amsterdam Horse and Buggy (Photo credit: BRODICK)
RICHMOND – In 2011, Governor Bob McDonnell charged the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) with creating the Super NoVa Transit and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Vision Plan. The goal of the Vision Plan was to recommend solutions to enhance transportation choices, improve connectivity between modes of public transportation and reduce congestion for anyone living or traveling through the Super NoVa region.

Today, Governor McDonnell announced that DRPT will work with stakeholders, policy makers, and local, regional and state agencies to develop the Super NoVa Transit and TDM Action Plan. The Action Plan builds on the framework already established in the Vision Plan.

“Commuters in Northern Virginia face significant challenges as they travel through the most congested region in the Commonwealth,” said Governor McDonnell. “The Action Plan is designed to achieve increased transportation options and provide a forum for policy makers to continue regional dialogue, ensuring long-term collaboration to advance the Vision Plan recommendations.”

“DRPT’s mission is to improve the mobility of people and goods while expanding transportation choices in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary Sean T. Connaughton. “This Action Plan will provide travelers throughout the Northern Virginia area a seamless journey to their destinations, greater connectivity within the region and more mobility options for residents and visitors alike.”

“In order to continue the positive regional collaboration, a Super NoVa Transit and TDM Regional Consortium convened for the purpose of providing leadership and continuing communication on transit and TDM policies, programs, and projects that will lead to reduced congestion in the Super NoVa Region,” said Thelma Drake, director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

Secretary Connaughton led the Super NoVa Regional Consortium kickoff meeting, as the Commonwealth continues to engage its partners in addressing the region’s current and future transportation challenges.

The Super NoVa area comprises Northern Virginia and the localities extending from Northern Virginia to Caroline County on the south, Culpeper County on the west and Frederick County to the northwest.  Travelers in the region will be able to look forward to more options, including: coordination of local bus services to interface with regional transit services; development of a system of hubs that connect people and places; increased commuter buses and additional carpool and vanpool opportunities.

The goal for completing the Action Plan is winter 2013.  Over the course of the next several months, DRPT and its partners will continue to work toward the development of the Action Plan through a series of Super NoVa Regional Consortium and stakeholder meetings.
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