The Chamber sent a letter to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission encouraging it to adopt the Commission’s proposed work plan for 2020-2021. The NVTC works to increase capacity, accessibility, connectivity, and safety of our regional transit network by maximizing and broadening transit revenues, and engaging with the community to make the system as effective as possible for commuters. We particularly appreciate the work plan’s inclusion of engagement with chambers of commerce and look forward to continuing to collaborate with the NVTC.
The Chamber sent a letter to the County Board requesting that they defer a request to advertise public hearings on modifications of bonus density and height provisions. While the first review of the proposal indicates that it includes many positive changes, particularly those related to housing affordability, we believe that the best result will come from taking some extra time to study the potential impact of the amendments. As a result, the Chamber has requested a month’s deferral in consideration.
The Chamber sent a letter to WMATA encouraging the transit authority to advance plans for second entrances and the Ballston-MU and Crystal City Metrorail stations. These second entrances will aid economic development as planned growth in both neighborhoods is closer to the proposed entrance locations than to the existing portals. Having these access points will make it easier for workers and residents to get to Metro and will help them see Metrorail as the most convenient way of to and from these locations.
The Arlington Chamber joined area chambers and other business organizations in calling on lawmakers to provide $154 million in annual capital funding for Metro's needs, along with achievable reform measures to ensure Virginia’s quality of life and continued economic growth are preserved for years to come through a fully funded, well-governed, and efficiently operated Metro system.
The Arlington Chamber, joined by the Virginia Chamber and local chambers, sent a letter to Governor Ralph Northam, Speaker Kirk Cox, and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, calling on the lawmakers to identify a funding package for Metro, paired with reforms, during the 2018 General Assembly session, in order to ensure a well-governed, efficiently operated Metro system for years to come.
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.), urging him to sign into law H.B. 1960, which would prevent the local government from imposing the burdensome and costly second authorization towing requirement on businesses.
The Chamber co-signed a letter to the Northern Virginia Delegation supporting Budget Item 438D, which provides a one-time investment of $50 million over two years to improve the competitiveness of Dulles International Airport.
The Chamber, along with other members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, sent a letter to the Secretary of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) expressing general support for the Transform66: Inside the Beltway plan to reduce the traffic congestion inside the Capital Beltway. In the letter, the Chamber commends VDOT’s decision to explore alternate means of reducing congestion of Interstate 66 before widening.
The Chamber sent a letter to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, expressing support for the yearlong project selection process and the current project list of proposed transportation improvements.