DRPT administers federal and state funding for public transportation services and programs throughout the Commonwealth as well as provides technical assistance to Virginia's 40 transit agencies. Public transportation is vital to Virginia. Three of the 75 largest transit agencies operate in the Commonwealth.
Below, you will learn about some of the key initiatives that DRPT is currently undertaking.
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 Virginia Breeze
The Virginia Breeze operates four routes and provides a critical connection between rural Virginia communities and the national bus network. The program is funded through the Federal Transit Administration's Intercity Bus Program as well as ticket revenues.
Transit Service Delivery Advisory Committee
TSDAC advises DRPT in the development of a distribution process for transit capital and operating funds. The committee consists of representatives from the Virginia Transit Association, Community Transportation Association of Virginia, Virginia Municipal League, Virginia Association of Counties, and DRPT.
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.
Mobility For All Project
The Federal Transit Administration awarded DRPT a discretionary grant under the Mobility for All Pilot Program. The project developed a Stage One One-Call/One-Click System and a consolidated statewide GTFS directory and support trip planning for public transit.
Transit Equity & Modernization Study
The 2021 General Assembly has directed DRPT to complete a needs assessment focusing on the equitable delivery of transit services and modernization of transit in the Commonwealth.
Coordinated Human Service Mobility Plan
The 2019 Coordinated Human Services Mobility (CHSM) Plan identifies gaps and challenges related to transportation for seniors, individuals with disabilities, low-income individuals, and veterans.
I-495/American Legion Bridge Transit and TDM Study
DRPT and Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration completed an I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit/Transportation Demand Management study 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.
Economic Impacts of Public Transportation in Virginia
This economic impacts study examined how existing transit services and operations spending generate economic value to the state. 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.
Statewide Integrated Mobility Plan
DRPT embarked on a Statewide Integrated Mobility Initiative to assist the department and its partner agencies in navigating the rapidly changing shared mobility landscape. This initiative ultimately developed recommendations for DRPT and its partner agencies to implement in light of the changing mobility industry.
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. Recipients are responsible for updating the inventories when vehicles are received or sold, facilities are built or rehabbed, etc.
Transit Asset Management Plan
Transit asset management is a strategic and systematic process through which an organization procures, operates, maintains, rehabilitates, and replaces transit assets to manage their performance, risks, and costs over their lifecycle. This provides safe, cost-effective, and reliable service to current and future customers.