Northern Virginia Transportation Commission


2300 Wilson Boulevard Suite 620ArlingtonVirginia22201United States View Map




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(703) 524-3322


(703) 524-1756


The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) was established to manage and control the functions, affairs, and property of the Northern Virginia Transportation District--which was created by the 1964 Acts of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Chapter 630; and the Transportation District Act. The purpose of the Act is to facilitate "planning and developing a transportation system for Northern Virginia and for the safety, comfort and convenience of its citizens and for the economical utilization of public funds." Twenty commissioners make up NVTC's Board of Directors. Thirteen are locally elected officials from its six member jurisdictions : Arlington (3), Fairfax (5), and Loudoun (1) counties, and the cities of Alexandria (2), Fairfax (1), and Falls Church (1). Six of the 20 commissioners are appointed from the General Assembly (2 senators and 4 delegates). The other commissioner, currently the director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT), represents the Virginia Secretary of Transportation. NVTC officers are appointed in January and serve for one year. NVTC is a strong advocate of adequate, stable, and reliable funding to finance public transit and also supports improved efficiency of the region's transportation system. NVTC provides a policy forum for its region and allocates up to $200 million in state, regional, and federal transit assistance each year among the member jurisdictions. Its budget is funded primarily by the Commonwealth of Virginia and by its local governments. NVTC also appoints Virginia's two principal and two alternate members to the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro) and is a co-owner of the Virginia Railway Express, appointing three voting members and an alternate to VRE's Operations Board. NVTC was selected by the American Public Transportation Association as the outstanding government agency for 1996. APTA's 1500 members include public transit operators, state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations and suppliers. NVTC's Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan provides a list of goals and objectives for the current year. NVTC's Handbook (last updated in 2013) provides historical information about goals, objectives, funding, and activities. NVTC has played a vital role in the development of the transit systems that serve Northern Virginia today.

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