in support of the Bi-County Parkway.
Transportation is one of the greatest challenges facing Northern Virginia. Improving mobility between Prince William and Loudoun counties, two of the fastest growing jurisdictions in the United States, is essential to Virginia’s future prosperity. The Bi-County Parkway, which will provide a new north-south link between these two growing employment and residential hubs, is critical to improving mobility and sustaining economic development and job creation efforts.
Many businesses and business groups across Virginia already have signed onto a letter the the Northern Virginia General Assembly Delegation to demonstrate the widespread support, particularly in Northern Virginia, for this vitally-needed artery. The need for the Bi-County Parkway has been documented for decades. It appears on local, regional and state plans and it has been a business community priority for years.
We cannot allow good transportation planning and needed transportation improvements to continue to be hijacked by politics.
Sign this petition to join with many other businesses and business organizations that to date have added their name to the below letter to the Northern Virginia General Assembly Delegation.
LETTER TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATION
Dear Members of the Northern Virginia General Assembly Delegation:
Transportation is one of the greatest challenges facing Northern Virginia. After decades of stalemate, this year's transportation funding reform is a tremendous step towards addressing this problem. But our work is not done: We must continue working together to advance those transportation projects and solutions that are most critical to improving mobility and sustaining economic development and job creation efforts.
As leaders of the Virginia business community, we can tell you that one such project is the proposed Bi-County Parkway. This project has been included in both Loudoun and Prince William county transportation plans for years, as well as the Metropolitan Washington Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan. The environmental evaluation process has been underway since 2001, with a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and location approved in 2005, after significant public outreach. Finally, after a dozen years of study, the Environmental Impact Statement process is nearing completion.
Improving mobility between Prince William and Loudoun counties is essential to Virginia's future prosperity. These two counties are two of the fastest growing jurisdictions in the United States. By 2040, their combined population is expected to increase by nearly 50 percent, with job growth exceeding population growth by a nearly two to one margin. As a result, inter-county travel between Loudoun and Prince William is forecast to increase by 91 percent.
Currently, almost every major road intersection north of I-66 is heavily congested during morning and afternoon rush hours and the back-ups are getting worse by the day. Something needs to be done to address this growing problem NOW.
The Commonwealth is investing billions of dollars in improvements in Northern Virginia to address congestion, with over $1.2 billion specifically allocated to major improvements in east-west travel. While these projects are tremendously important, they do little to alleviate the projected growth in north-south travel.
The Northern Virginia business community agrees with many of our community's citizens, businesses and elected representatives that the Commonwealth must improve its effort to communicate the benefits and impacts associated with the Bi-County Parkway to those who will be most affected by this project. The undersigned organizations and businesses appreciated that the Commonwealth has taken positive steps to improve its public outreach and communications effort on this project and we pledge to work with you, our state representatives, to ensure that improved effort is sustained.
At this time, the undersigned organizations and businesses are not asking you to support or endorse the project; we are simply requesting that you reserve judgment until VDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Park Service, and the other public and private sector stakeholders, complete the necessary environmental process. Completing the Environmental Impact Statement process will ensure that all the relevant information and data is available to make an informed and rational decision on the viability and utility of the Bi-County Parkway.
Today and tomorrow's Northern Virginians deserve that much.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
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