TransAction is Northern Virginia’s long-range multimodal transportation plan

TransAction is Northern Virginia’s long-range multimodal transportation plan. Overseen by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), TransAction serves as a roadmap for planning, programming, and funding safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation projects over a 20-year timeframe.

TransAction is updated every five years with input from public officials, jurisdictional and agency staff, regional stakeholders, and the public. The current version of the Plan, adopted in 2017, identifies more than 350 multimodal projects that serve as a guide for determining which projects are selected for funding. During the Six Year Program, projects identified in TransAction are selected for NVTA funds through an evaluation process that results in a consolidated candidate project list for public input.

The TransAction Process

The TransAction planning process takes about two years to complete, with opportunities for public input along the way. The timeline below provides a high-level overview of the process, including public engagement activities.


  • January 2020: TransAction Open House and Listening Session (COMPLETE)
  • Summer/Fall 2021: Public engagement to identify transportation needs and trends
  • Summer/Fall 2022: Authority hosts Open House and Public Hearing; public comment period on Draft TransAction Plan
  • Early Fall 2022: Finalize TransAction update
  • Late Fall 2022: Authority adopts TransAction

TransAction in Action: From Plan to Projects

The TransAction plan identifies more than 350 regionally significant projects that can deliver real improvements in the lives of Northern Virginians. These projects can reduce congestion, increase accessibility, improve safety, and reduce transportation-related emissions.

Take a look at the candidate projects identified in the most recent TransAction Update, adopted in 2017:

Once TransAction is adopted, NVTA uses the TransAction project list to guide its Six Year Program. During this phase, jurisdictions can apply for NVTA regional funds, after which NVTA conducts a comprehensive evaluation process before selecting projects for funding. To be considered for regional funding, projects must be a part of the TransAction plan.

View the full list of NVTA-Funded projects to date.

Explore the NoVa Gateway for real-time updates on all NVTA-funded multimodal transportation projects.

Learn more about evaluating regionally significant transportation projects.