About NVTC and WMATA
NVTC enjoys a special relationship with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), as it is charged with the funding and stewardship of Metro. Founded in 1964, in part to represent the interests of the Commonwealth during the creation of Metrorail, NVTC continues to serve as Virginia’s voice on the WMATA Board of Directors through its appointments to the panel. The WMATA board — established through an interstate compact between Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia — determines agency policy and provides oversight for funding, operations, and the expansion of transit facilities.
NVTC manages state and federal assistance to Metro, conducts Northern Virginia’s regional transit preparedness program, and engages in regional transportation planning, data analysis, and reporting. The Commission also manages WMATA funding on behalf of our jurisdictions, ensures that funds are spent in compliance with state and federal law, and promotes safe, reliable and cost-effective service.
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NVTC and WMATA Board Member Appointments
NVTC is empowered through the Code of Virginia (§ 33.2-1907.B.) to make appointments to the WMATA Board of Directors. NVTC appoints two Principal Directors and two Alternate Directors to the WMATA board. Board members serve a term of four years with a maximum of two consecutive terms. One of the appointments must include the Transportation Secretary of Virginia or their designee as a Principal Director.