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Express Lanes Fall 2015 Community Grant Program Recipients Announced

Nov 24, 2015

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Alexandria, Va. – Transurban, the operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, announced today that three organizations – Fairfax County Park Foundation, Herndon Village Network and New Hope Housing – will receive grants this quarter through the Express Lanes Community Grant Program.  The Grant Program supports organizations located within the 495 and 95 Express Lanes corridors that strive to make Northern Virginia a better place by undertaking projects that sustain, enhance and protect the local community.

“We received numerous applications for the Express Lanes Community Grant Program and are excited to announce the fall 2015 grant recipients,” said Nic Barr, Vice President of Operations, Transurban.  “Transurban is committed to giving back to the communities that surround the Express Lanes corridor.”

This quarter’s grant recipients will use their grant money for the following projects:

  • Fairfax County Park Foundation – obtaining a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Tourist Destination sign that will direct traffic and increase visitors to the Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield, Virginia
  • Herndon Village Network – developing marketing materials and direct mail pieces to further support their NV Rides program, which provides transportation to seniors 55 years and older in Herndon, Virginia
  • New Hope Housing – helping offset expenses, like utilities and insurance, for the Veterans Housing program, which aims to provide housing, employment and educational resources for homeless veterans

“We are grateful to Transurban for helping make our new Veterans Housing Program in Fairfax County a reality.  Community partners help us fulfill our promise to end veteran homelessness in our neighborhood and across the state,” said Pamela L. Michell, executive director, New Hope Housing.  Herndon Village Network’s President, Penny Halpem continued, “Herndon Village Network is thrilled for Transurban’s support of our mission to provide free transportation to our members, Herndon residents 55 years and older living in the 20170 zip code.”

“The Park Foundation is honored to have been awarded a grant from the Transurban Express Lanes Grant Program for a VDOT Tourist Destination highway sign for Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield,” said Roberta Longworth, executive director, Fairfax County Park Foundation.  “The sign will direct more visitors to this wonderful nature center that is literally “hidden” in a neighborhood off Old Keene Mill Road.  The Park Foundation is pleased to partner once again with Transurban to enhance our parks and the lives of Fairfax County residents.”

Since 2008, Transurban has been active in the local community through the Express Lanes Community Grant Program.  To date, more than $560,000 has been awarded to organizations located in the 495 and 95 Express Lanes corridors.

The next deadline to submit an application for the Express Lanes Community Grant Program is December 31, 2015.  Applications are being accepted in the following categories – environment, community and safety.  Interested organizations can learn more and apply online at ExpressLanes.com/grant-application

About the Express Lanes

The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on I-495/Capital Beltway and I-95 to provide drivers with faster and more predictable travel options in Northern Virginia.  Together the 495 and 95 Express Lanes create a region-wide network of free-flowing lanes for nearly 40 miles from the Dulles Toll Road to Stafford County.  Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, the Express Lanes give drivers reliable travel choices on two of northern Virginia’s most congested roadways.  For more information, please visit ExpressLanes.com.

 

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