What is DRPT?
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is a state agency that reports to the Secretary of
Transportation. The agency is based in Richmond, Virginia with branch offices in Northern and Southwestern Virginia. For more information, visit
our Background page.
What does DRPT do?
DRPT is the state agency responsible for rail,
public transportation and
commuter services initiatives throughout Virginia. DRPT also represents the Commonwealth’s rail, public
transportation and commuter services interests at the local, state, and national levels.
How can I find public transportation services in Virginia?
Our convenient Service Locator can help you find available public transportation in any part of Virginia.
How does DRPT help transportation operators in Virginia?
DRPT serves as a strong advocate, an expert source of information and research, and a funding partner for
public transportation, rail and commuter services programs in Virginia.
How can I apply for a DRPT grant?
DRPT provides grants within several categories. For detailed information about our grants programs,
visit our Public transportation, commuter service or rail grant pages.
How can I reach DRPT staff?
See our DRPT Staff page to find people who can help you with any of our agency activities or
contact one of our offices.
Does DRPT own or operate any rail, public transportation or commuter services?
No. DRPT provides support, advocacy and funding but does not own or operate these services.
How long has DRPT been around?
DRPT used to be part of the Virginia Department of Transportation. But in 1992, the Commonwealth’s rail, public
transportation and commuter services responsibilities moved into a separate agency, DRPT, which reports directly to the
Secretary of Transportation.