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Bringing Elected Officials Together: NVTC

While many riders may not think of what goes on behind the scenes to make their commutes happen, dozens of committed officials and professional staffers are committed to maintaining and growing public transportation in Northern Virginia.  

NVTC and VRE's History

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) was founded in 1964. While it would be nearly three decades before VRE trains started rolling down the tracks, discussions surrounding a commuter rail system in Northern Virginia began soon after the General Assembly created the Northern Virginia Transportation District. The founding jurisdictions included Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax. Loudon County joined in 1990.  

A 1984 feasibility study kicked off the formal planning stage. Two years later came the origination of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), created, in part, to join with NVTC in launching VRE.

NVTC and VRE Today

To this day, NVTC and PRTC support and appoint members to the VRE Operations Board. The two Commissions jointly own all the assets, including the rolling stock and stations.  

The creation and ongoing support of VRE is an example of how NVTC (and PRTC) bring together elected officials from across Northern Virginia to make regional decisions to improve transportation. NVTC gives communities a voice and promotes cross-jurisdictional cooperation. That cooperation is evident in how Northern Virginia manages its relationship with Metro, speaking with one voice to ensure high-quality service across the region. NVTC is also active in planning for regional Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems and, through comprehensive data analysis, helps local systems find the best routes for their buses.  

 

Virtually Explore a Train
Virtually Explore a Train

Wondering what the social distancing cues look like at VRE stations and on our trains? Take a peek with this interactive tour.  

The New VRE Mobile is Coming
The New VRE Mobile is Coming

We are currently in the final stages of testing the app to be sure it meets your (and our) expectations. The app is nearly ready for launch, so here is what you can expect in the coming months.

Pulling the Public into Transportation Planning: A Top FAMPO Goal
Public Involvement in FAMPO's Planning

FAMPO carries out its responsibility by creating a forum where members of the public, elected and appointed officials, transit agencies, and transportation professionals come together to discuss concerns, take funding action, and continuously cooperate to improve the region’s transportation system.

Alignment with CDC & State Guidance
Alignment with CDC & State Guidance

VRE is considered an essential service in Virginia, and a part of a Critical Infrastructure Industry as defined by the Department of Homeland Security. As such, we entered into the COVID-19 pandemic with two primary objectives: 1.) Keep service running; 2.) Meet or exceed all standards to keep passengers and crews safe.

A Look at NVTC
Bringing Elected Officials Together: NVTC

The creation and ongoing support of VRE is an example of how NVTC (and PRTC) bring together elected officials from across Northern Virginia to make regional decisions to improve transportation.