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Legislative and Policy Agenda

Northern Virginia’s economic growth and global competitiveness are directly tied to the region’s transit network. Transit links business to employees, customers, suppliers and investors and residents to jobs, school, shopping and entertainment. With nearly 60 percent of jobs within a quarter-mile of a rail station or bus stop, Northern Virginia is among the nation’s most transit-accessible areas. For the past five decades, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) has promoted an efficient, high-quality and innovative transit network in order to fuel the economy and sustain the region’s quality of life.

High-quality transit not only brings economic benefits to Northern Virginia but to the entire Commonwealth. The high-capacity service offered by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metrorail and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) provides more than $600 million per year to the Commonwealth of Virginia in sales and income tax revenues. This reflects a more than 250 percent return on investment to the Commonwealth for its support of these transit systems.

Each work day 550,000 Northern Virginians commute via transit, saving the region 35.5 million hours of congestion-related delays annually. VRE riders, nearly 19,000 daily, take the equivalent of two lanes of traffic – one each on I-66 and I-95 – off the highways during rush hour. With six bus systems extending from Loudoun County to the City of Alexandria and commuter- and fixed-rail systems, Northern Virginia continues to explore ways to better connect businesses, residents and visitors.

NVTC supports legislation and policies that will:

  • Maintain and expand opportunities for dedicated, sustainable funding for transit capital and operations;
  • Ensure a level playing field for investment in transit state of good repair and expansion when compared to other surface transportation modes;
  • Promote and strengthen regional cooperation and accountability;
  • Maximize use of existing assets to enhance transit performance and safety; and
  • Foster innovation and technological integration that improves transit operations and expands service.

Read more in our 2018 Federal and State Legislative and Policy Agenda

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