Guidelines & Requirements

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. TDPs also help operators effectively execute the 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. Plans are updated every six years. Developing TDPs 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, Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, Transportation Improvement Program, and Constrained Long Range Plan.
  • Maximize the investment of public funds and achieve the greatest possible public benefit.
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public transportation services in Virginia.

Who is this for?

Transit agencies receiving state funding that do not serve an urbanized area with a population greater than 50,000 and that do not have a bus fleet of at least 20 buses.


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.


Transit Development Plan Requirements