For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Contact: Mary Curtius 703-228-7943 (voice) 703-228-4611(TTY)
ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington County Board Chairman Christopher Zimmerman has been elected Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.
Zimmerman was first appointed to the Authority in 2002, and was elected vice-chairman in 2004. He was elected Chairman Sept. 14 for a one-year term.
"I appreciate this opportunity to work closely with leaders across the region to improve mobility throughout Northern Virginia," Zimmerman said.
He noted that the Authority approved the TransAction 2030 regional transportation plan at its September 14 meeting, on the eve of the General Assembly session on transportation funding.
"The 2030 plan gives our region a rational blueprint from which to work for a future with less time wasted in traffic, less degradation of air quality, and a better quality of life,” Zimmerman said. “All we need is a financing plan with which to get started - and that can only come with state action."
Zimmerman also noted that "The number one transportation priority for our region is obtaining dedicated funding for Metro."
Authority gives Northern Virginia common voice on transportation issues
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority was created by the Virginia General Assembly on July 1, 2002, to offer a common voice for Northern Virginia on transportation issues, serve as an advocate for the transportation needs of Northern Virginia before the state and federal governments, and develop policies to improve air quality. The Authority developed the TransAction 2030 regional transportation plan, updating the Northern Virginia 2020 Transportation Plan.
The 2030 plan covers transportation needs for the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.