Founded to establish Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority‘s (WMATA) Metrorail system, NVTC promotes safe, reliable and cost-effective service. NVTC manages assistance from the Commonwealth and appoints the Virginia Members of the WMATA Board of Directors. NVTC provides technical assistance to member jurisdictions on major capital purchases, capital and operating budgets and the Capital Funding Agreement. NVTC makes recommendations on WMATA’s reliability, safety and financial management and sustainability.
NVTC and the Commonwealth of Virginia have joined forces to bring new travel options and greater travel-time reliability to those who commute along the I-66 corridor. The goals of the I-66 Commuter Choice Program are straightforward: to identify and fund projects that move more people, increase opportunities to connect from one mode of travel to another, improve transit service, reduce roadway congestion, and increase travel options.
Ensuring access to safe, efficient, quality bus service throughout Northern Virginia is the goal of the Regional Bus Agenda. NVTC identifies opportunities to enhance existing or provide new bus service, often transcending jurisdictional boundaries, to connect communities. Using GIS, NVTC develops tools to help localities plan, develop and implement an innovative regional bus investment strategy.
NVTC is developing station-specific plans to ensure the safe evacuation of Virginia’s 25 Metrorail stations in an emergency. Accompanying maps – which feature bus and pedestrian routes, as well as gathering locations – will facilitate evacuations, particularly in the event that the number of passengers leaving the station exceeds available bus capacity. NVTC’s regional Transit Emergency Preparedness Group meets regularly to review new and update existing plans.
Sustained federal, state and local funding is essential if high-quality, high-capacity transit is to flourish in Northern Virginia. To ensure such funding, NVTC performs financial analyses of transit projects, documents transportation funding needs, and works in partnership with the commonwealth to develop new sources of funding and financing.
Transit Means Business focuses on the critical link between high quality transit and the Commonwealth’s ability to compete on the global economic stage. Transit Means Business supports the business community as it works with policymakers to identify and secure sustainable transit funding in order to meet the transportation needs of people and businesses throughout the state.
NVTC co-owns the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), a commuter rail service that provides 20,000+ daily trips on its Fredericksburg and Manassas lines, saving the equivalent of a rush-hour lane mile on I-66 and I-95. NVTC and PRTC provide governance and oversight of VRE directly and through their appointments to and support of the VRE Operations Board. The Commissions manage local, state and federal funding and regional planning activities.
ENVISION ROUTE 7 PROJECT
NVTC manages Envision Route 7, a study to identify financially sustainable new transit along U.S. Route 7 from Alexandria to Tysons. This year NVTC recommended Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which is expected to attract 9,500 new daily transit riders to Route 7. BRT is proposed to run 11 miles, mostly in a dedicated lane, between the Spring Hill Metrorail Station in and the Mark Center, leaving Route 7 briefly to connect to the East Falls Church Metrorail Station. This regional solution will expand travel options and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. Having studied the corridor and developed recommendations for mode and alignment, NVTC is now exploring funding options and working to identify a project sponsor.
NVTC works with local transit agencies and regional partners to ensure they maintain an operational, cost-effective fare collection system that meets current and future needs. Read more about NVTC’s role in the regional fare collection program.
NVTC receives and manages over $200 million in state transit assistance for WMATA, VRE and five local bus sytems. This assistance is allocated by the Subsidy Allocation Model, a formula maintained by NVTC, and held in trust for the NVTC members’ restricted use. In addition, NVTC receives and manages a 2.1% regional gas tax ($29.5 million in fiscal year 2016), which is dedicated for WMATA operating and capital requirements. NVTC is also the grantee and recipient of Virginia’s financial assistance to the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Virginia’s only commuter rail system. As a designated recipient of funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), NVTC receives these federal funds on behalf of several of its member jurisdictions and ensures compliance with FTA requirements.