How does the current TransAction build upon previous NVTA efforts?
The current update of the TransAction plan will build on the vision and goals developed for previous TransAction plans to develop a comprehensive long range transportation plan that reduces congestion and improves the quality of life in Northern Virginia.

Vision from current TransAction: “In the 21st century, Northern Virginia will develop and sustain a multimodal transportation system that enhances quality of life and supports economic growth. Investments in the system will provide effective transportation benefits, promote areas of concentrated growth, manage both demand and capacity, and employ the best technology, joining rail, roadway, bus, air, water, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities into an interconnected network that is fiscally sustainable.”

Unlike previous versions of TransAction, this new update will be the first following legislation providing a dedicated, sustainable funding stream for transportation projects in Northern Virginia, allowing the NVTA to begin fulfilling its mission to address regional transportation challenges. These new revenues, expected to total approximately $300 million each year, go to transportation improvements in Northern Virginia. The TransAction plan will analyze and prioritize the potential benefits of proposed projects, helping the NVTA make decisions about which projects to fund.


What is the NVTA?
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) was created in 2002 by the Virginia General Assembly. The NVTA’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Conducting project planning, prioritization and funding of transportation projects for the counties and cities embraced by the Authority
  • Maintaining Northern Virginia’s Long Range Transportation Plan

The NVTA’s member jurisdictions include the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

The NVTA’s governing body is comprised of 17 members; nine are the chief elected officers, or their designees, of the nine counties and cities that comprise the Authority; two are members of the House of Delegates; one is a State Senator; and two are citizens appointed by the Governor. In addition, the Director of Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner, or designee, and a representative of the five towns which maintain their own roads (Dumfries, Herndon, Leesburg, Purcellville  and Vienna) serve as nonvoting members.

How does transportation funding in Northern Virginia work?
HB 2313 (2013), Virginia‘s landmark transportation funding legislation, provides the NVTA with dedicated, sustainable funding stream to address the Northern Virginia region’s transportation challenges. These new revenues, expected to total approximately $300 million each year, fund transportation investments in Northern Virginia. The revenues collected are divided into two funds: Regional Revenue Funds (70%) and Local Distribution Funds (30%).

Regional Revenue Funds may be used for regional projects that:

  • are included in the NVTA’s long range transportation plan; and
  • have also been evaluated by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) as part of the HB 599 (2012) process.

Local Distribution Funds are distributed directly to individual NVTA member jurisdictions based on the revenues collected in the jurisdiction and may be used as follows:

  • urban or secondary road construction;
  • capital improvements that reduce congestion;
  • projects included in the NVTA’s long range transportation plan or other transportation capital improvements which have been approved by the most recent long range transportation plan adopted by the Authority; and
  • public transportation purposes.

NVTA will continue to work closely with VDOT to ensure that the evaluation processes conducted as part of TransAction and the HB599 legislation are as compatible as possible.

What projects will be considered in TransAction?

The list of projects to be included in the plan has not been determined at this early stage of the planning process.  Projects will be developed based on (but not limited to) previous TransAction plans, jurisdictional comprehensive plans and transit development plans.  Projects addressing all modes of transportation will be considered, including roadways, transit, pedestrians and bicycles.  The plan will also consider how future advances in technology may affect the transportation landscape in the coming years.

What jurisdictions are involved?

All of the NVTA’s nine member jurisdictions are involved in this long range planning effort.

The NVTA’s member jurisdictions include the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

The NVTA’s governing body is comprised of 17 members; nine are the chief elected officers, or their designees, of the counties and cities that comprise the Authority; two are members of the House of Delegates; one is a State Senator; and two are citizens appointed by the Governor. In addition, the Director of Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner, or designee, and a representative of the five towns which maintain their own roads (Dumfries, Herndon, Leesburg, Purcellville and Vienna) serve as nonvoting members.