With an ever-growing population and increasing commuter traffic, the Northern Virginia region – like many other thriving urban areas – must find ways to enhance and maintain its current transportation infrastructure, while at the same time facing the constant challenge of determining how these much-needed projects will be funded – and ultimately constructed. Join us as ASCE NSC kicks off the New Year with a presentation by Monica Backmon, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, discusses long-range planning for futuretransportation projects in Northern Virginia. NVTA overseas nearly $300 million annually in transportation funding in Northern Virginia and is responsible for long range planning and regional project coordination.
Ms. Backmon has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and served as Prince William County’s regional transportation planner for nearly ten years before assuming her current role as Executive Director of the NVTA in May 2014.
She will be discussing TransAction, the long-term regional transportation plan developed by the NVTA which sets long-term future funding goals for a significant number of regionally-funded transportation projects. Through items like the TransAction plan, the NVTA works to provide an integrated, multimodal transportation system, and to enhance relationships among jurisdictions, agencies, the public, and the business community, and thus advancing the safety and efficiency of our transportation system.
With major transportation projects looming in the region, Ms. Backmon’s presentation promises to be interesting to civil engineers involved in these projects and anyone that values a better commute through Northern Virginia!
Monica Backmon, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA)