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Northern Virginia and the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region suffer from the second worst traffic

Woodrow Wilson Bridge
Woodrow Wilson Bridge 

congestion the nation. As a fellow commuter, Congressman Moran is keenly aware of the negative effects gridlock has on the region's economy including the loss of personal time that would be better spent with family and friends. Understanding that we cannot pave our way out of this crisis, he has focused on transit-oriented solutions, including the promotion of appropriate land-use decisions, the creation of new transit services and the expansion of public transit and telework options.

One of the Congressman's top transportation funding priorities is to bring Metro Rail to Dulles. Working in a bipartisan manner with the Northern Virginia delegation, Representative Moran has helped shepherd this project through Congress, successfully securing more than $252 million in federal funds for the project. Slated to run from Falls Church through Tyson's Corner and ending at the Dulles International Airport, the Dulles rail project promises to help transform one on the most congested business districts into a vibrant, new, urban corridor that will connect Northern Virginians to Washington, D.C. and one of the nation's largest air terminals.

Telegraph Road
Telegraph Road Interchange

Through his seat on the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Moran has supported major improvements to existing Metro stations to make them more pedestrian friendly and address crowding on the system with the recent purchase of new Metro cars. By virtue of his efforts, four new bus transit services have been launched and two additional systems are in development. The new services include the "George" in Falls Church, the "Transportation Association for Greater Springfield" or "TAGS" in Springfield, the Georgetown-Rosslyn "Connector," and Fairfax County's "Richmond Express or "REX" service.

Other recent transportation projects funded by Representative Moran include:

  • $3 million for the Alexandria Transit Center to improve Alexandria's Metro stations.
  • $8.4 million to design and build the Potomac Yard Transit Way that will provide express transit service between Pentagon City, the Pentagon and Braddock Road Metrorail Station.
  • $4.96 million to develop express transit service along the Columbia Pike corridor connecting the Pentagon to Skyline.
  • $1.672 million to design and build a multi-purpose transportation center in Falls Church.
  • Over $10 million to secure new Virginia Railway Express rail cars.

In order to encourage greater use of the Metro system, Congressman Moran has passed legislation to

Washington National Airport

provide transit benefits for federal employees. Due to the Congressman's efforts, federal employees in the Washington Metro region are eligible to receive up to $115 dollars in MetroChecks each month to defray the cost of their commute and federal agencies are now authorized to provide shuttle service between their offices and transit centers. Though some federal agencies have tried to prevent certain employees from participating in the program, Congressman Moran has fought to protect these employees' rights, securing language in recent appropriations bills to override those decisions.


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