Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Transit Development Plans

Transit Development Plans (TDPs) help transit operators improve their efficiency and effectiveness by identifying the need and required resources for modifying and enhancing services provided to the general public and also help operators effectively execute planning, funding, and implementation of public transit services. These plans provide a solid foundation for funding requests and feed directly into the programming process. To capture the benefit of this planning tool, DRPT requires that any public transit operator receiving state funding prepare, adopt, and submit a TDP.

DRPT has worked with transit operators across the Commonwealth to complete TDPs. All transit operators in Virginia were required to have a completed TDP by December 1, 2011, and the plans are updated every six years. Developing TDP's generates the following benefits:

  • Serve as a management and policy document for the transit operator
  • Provide DRPT with the information necessary for programming and planning requirements
  • Provide a clear and up-to-date record of the transit operator’s capital and operating budgets in order to assess the operator’s financial capacity to carry out proposed levels of service and capital improvements
  • Provide the basis for inclusion of an operator’s capital and operating programs in the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP), Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP)
  • Maximize the investment of public funds and achieve the greatest possible public benefit
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public transportation services in Virginia

TDPs must be adopted by the operator’s governing body and a letter must be submitted annually describing progress with implementing the TDP and any significant changes. 

Below are final TDPs for transit operators in Virginia. Plans are posted as they are completed or updated.

Transit Agency TDPs

Alatavista Community Transit

Arlington County

Bay Transit

Blacksburg Transit

Blackstone Area Bus

Bristol, Virginia Transit

Central Shenandoah (Brite)

Charlottesville Area Transit

City of Alexandria (DASH)

City of Fairfax

City of Suffolk


District III Public Transit

Fairfax County (Fairfax Connector)

Farmville Area Bus Transit

Four County Transit


Graham Transit

Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC)

Greene County Transit


Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)

Harrisonburg Transit


Lake County Area Agency on Aging

Loudoun County

Mountain Empire Older Citizens

Petersburg Area Transit

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC)

Pulaski Area Transit


Radford Transit

Southampton / Franklin County

STAR Transit

Town of Chincoteague

Valley Metro

Virginia Railway Express

Virginia Regional Transit - West Central

Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA)

Winchester Area Transit


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