Transit Equity & Modernization Study
Passed by the 2021 General Assembly, DRPT is completing a needs assessment focusing on the equitable delivery of transit services and modernization of transit in the Commonwealth. There will be an emphasis on transit services and engagement opportunities for underserved and underrepresented communities.
Transit Recovery Marketing Initiative
The Transit Recovery Marketing Initiative is a one-time statewide grant opportunity and statewide marketing campaign dedicated to improving the public’s confidence in transit services in order to increase ridership on Virginia’s transit services. The statewide marketing campaign is designed to bring back transit riders that stopped using transit or are hesitant to use transit because of COVID-19 or its variants. Agencies that are interested in partnering with DRPT on the marketing campaign may apply for funding through the Transit Recovery Marketing Initiative.
American Rescue Plan Act Intercity Bus Funding Application
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) apportioned $2.3 million to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to provide intercity bus companies a one-time grant opportunity to be used in the recovery of operating expenses incurred during the pandemic. The application closes on October 1, 2021. This solicitation for application is a one-time funding opportunity and should not be considered as a change in DRPT's approach to intercity bus project funding, which is focused on advancing the Virginia Breeze Bus Lines system.
Springfield-Quantico Enhanced Public Transportation Study
DRPT has initiated a study to look at enhanced transit options and opportunities in the corridor between Springfield and Quantico. The study was initiated in response to direction that came out of the 2020 General Assembly session.
Mobility For All Project
The Federal Transit Administration in 2020 awarded the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) a discretionary grant under the Mobility for All Pilot Program. DRPT sought funding for a two-part project aimed at improving information access for Virginians. The project aims to develop a Stage One One-Call/One-Click System, which includes web pages dedicated to providing complete information about transportation services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additionally, DRPT aims to develop a consolidated statewide GTFS directory and support trip planning for public transit.
Transit Appreciation Month
In Virginia, October is Transit Appreciation Month! We’re celebrating all things transit this month, including the agencies that keep Virginians moving and the employees and crews who keep us safe.
I-495/American Legion Bridge Transit and TDM Study
The I-495 American Legion Bridge (ALB) Transit/Transportation Demand Management (TDM) study is being conducted jointly by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) to identify a range of current and potential multimodal solutions that could be implemented to reduce congestion, improve trip reliability and regional connections, and enhance existing and planned multimodal mobility and connectivity. The study will recommend potential mobility options for travel across the American Legion Bridge, focusing on the segment of I-495 between I-95 (Maryland) and I-395/95 (Virginia)
Economic Impacts of Public Transportation in the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020)
This economic impacts study examined how existing transit services and operations spending generate economic value to the state. Nearly $1.5 billion is spent each year to support more than 40 independent public transportation agencies located throughout Virginia, most of which comes from public funding sources. This study found that every $1 of public investment in the transit sector generates $2.86 in economic activity, and $2.11 in direct economic benefits. In addition, the study found that every direct or contracted job in the transit sector supports 4.1 additional jobs in the state.
The Virginia Breeze
The Virginia Breeze provides a critical transportation connection between rural Virginia communities and the national bus network. Performance of this pilot route may also lead to expanded services along this route as well as the addition of other travel corridors in the Commonwealth. The program is fully funded through the Federal Transit Administration's 5311 Intercity Bus Program as well as ticket revenues.
Transit Service Delivery Advisory Committee
During the 2013 General Assembly Session, the Transit Service Delivery Advisory Committee (TSDAC) was established by SB1140 to advise DRPT in the development of a distribution process for transit capital and operating funds. The committee consists of representatives from the Virginia Transit Association (VTA), Community Transportation Association of Virginia (CTAV), Virginia Municipal League (VML), Virginia Association of Counties (VACO), and DRPT.
Statewide Integrated Mobility Plan
DRPT has embarked on a Statewide Integrated Mobility Initiative to assist the department and its partner agencies in navigating the rapidly changing shared mobility landscape. New and alternative transportation services continue to evolve and enter the market, providing people with greater convenience in requesting, tracking, and paying for trips. Examples of these services include on-demand ride services, microtransit, technology-enabled shuttle services, carsharing, bikesharing, and scooters. These services can both compete with and complement transit service.
This statewide integrated mobility initiative intends to do the following: i) identify what is happening in Virginia, the U.S., and around the world in terms of integrating shared mobility and transit and utilizing transit technology to measure and improve operations and tailor service in evolving mobility landscapes; ii) identify the positive and negative impacts of shared mobility on the transit industry in Virginia; and iii) document current and planned technology deployments of Virginia transit agencies, including planned partnerships or pilots involving shared mobility providers.
This initiative ultimately will develop recommendations for DRPT and its partner agencies to implement in light of the changing mobility industry.
Dulles Corridor Metrorail
The purpose of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project is to provide high-quality, high-capacity transit service in the Dulles Corridor. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) in cooperation with DRPT, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Fairfax County, and Loudoun County is working to construct a 23.1-mile extension of Metrorail in the rapidly growing Dulles Corridor in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, Virginia. Phase 1 was completed in Summer of 2014, with the Silver Line providing rail service connecting downtown Washington with Tysons Corner and Reston. The project is now entering the second and final phase, extending the Silver Line into Reston Town Center, Herndon, Washington Dulles International Airport, Route 606, and Ashburn. For questions or additional information regarding this Project, please contact the project office at (703) 572-0500 or at email@example.com. You can also visit the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project website at dullesmetro.com, or visit the MWAA website at mwaa.com.
DRPT partnered with the City of Norfolk and Hampton Roads Transit to bring the first light rail system to Virginia. Residents of Norfolk have been able to enjoy riding one of nine environmentally friendly light rail vehicles since August 2011. The Tide celebrated its fifth anniversary on August 19, 2016.
Known as "The Tide," the route extends 7.4 miles from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center through downtown Norfolk along the I-264 corridor to Newtown Road within the city of Norfolk.11 stations are on the route with four park and ride locations that provide access to the system in major areas such as Norfolk State University, Harbor Park, City Hall, MacArthur Center, Tidewater Community College (Norfolk campus), and the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
TransAM is the system DRPT uses to track the asset inventories of the transit providers across the Commonwealth. The asset data is currently used to determine when replacement assets should be funded, as well as to forecast state of good repair needs of the transit providers. Our recipients are responsible for updating the inventories when vehicles are received or sold, facilities are built or rehabbed, etc. Beginning in FY 20, capital funds will be allocated by a scoring mechanism similar to that of Smart Scale. The prioritization of replacement assets will be based on the data in TransAM, and it is imperative that that data is accurate.