Alexandria, Va. – Transurban, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s partner on the 395 Express Lanes project, announced today the launch of the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program. The quarterly grant program seeks to respond to the needs of direct-impact communities within the I-395 corridor during the project’s development and construction phase. It will provide organizations with grant awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to implement projects that sustain, enhance or protect residents along the project corridor.
“Transurban cares about the wellbeing of the areas in which we operate,” said Jennifer Aument, group general manager of Transurban, North America. “The 395 Express Lanes will provide an opportunity for new travel choices, expanded capacity and dedicated transit funding. The project will also enhance the network of Express Lanes that serves more than 2 million customers today.”
“We recognize that the construction of this project will affect local residents. The 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program demonstrates our commitment to being good neighbors and long-term community partners in the Northern Virginia community.”
The 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program will award grants in the following categories:
- Community – projects that support the health, development or well-being of communities within the corridor
- Environment – projects that enhance or protect the environment within the 395 Express Lanes corridor
- Safety – projects that support safety initiatives within the corridor
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 in Northern Virginia supporting initiatives like neighborhood clean-ups, vegetable gardens, rain barrel systems, safety lights for bicycles and community landscaping. To learn more about projects Transurban has funded, please visit: ExpressLanes.com/community.
The program accepts applications and distributes grant awards each quarter. Application deadlines for the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program are March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Interested organizations and community members can learn more by reading the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program Overview and Guidelines and apply online at 395ExpressLanes.com/grant-application.
About the 395 Express Lanes
The 395 Express Lanes project will convert the I-395 HOV lanes to Express Lanes to provide travelers with faster, more predictable travel options. The project will extend the Express Lanes network and add a third lane along the project corridor. The 395 Express Lanes will span from Edsall Road to the vicinity of the Eads Street Interchange. The improvements will be delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban. Construction could begin as soon as spring 2017. For more information, please visit 395ExpressLanes.com.