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)

What is ASCE-NCS?

Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers.  ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members.  The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: http://region2.asce.org/). The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:

  • To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
  • To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
  • To improve our community through effective community outreach programs, local involvement and educational efforts.

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