People choose to live and work in Northern Virginia because it offers employment opportunities, first-rate school systems, and a diverse mix of leisure, entertainment and cultural attractions. Attracting and retaining those people keeps the region prospering.

The flip side, however, is that Northern Virginia experiences the worst traffic congestion in the Commonwealth. It is consistently ranked among the top five most congested regions in the US.

Traffic congestion produces a number of negative effects:

  • Longer and unpredictable travel times on roadways and transit
  • Higher costs of doing business
  • Increased fuel consumption
  • Poor air quality
  • Overcrowded buses, railcars, and station platforms
  • Unreliable transit services

Economic vitality in our region depends on an effective transportation network. So does delivering the quality of life that attracts and retains the highly qualified workforce that fuels the region’s growth.

To improve conditions, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), is developing and updating TransAction, the long-range transportation plan for Northern Virginia. It has been the NVTA’s practice to update TransAction every five years in order to identify and prioritize regionally significant transportation improvements that can help reduce the effects of congestion throughout Northern Virginia. NVTA’s in-depth planning process is expected to take approximately two years to complete. This process identified more than 350 candidate regional projects to improve travel throughout the region, and includes the release of the Draft TransAction Plan in June 2017, followed by a public comment period and Public Hearing.

Recent Updates

NVTA’s 2019 Transportation Perception Survey Results

The February 13, 2020 Authority business meeting kicked off with Keith Jasper, Principal, Transportation Planning and Programming, NVTA, and Dee Allsop, Ph.D., Founding Partner, Heart+Mind Strategies, presenting the results of NVTA's 2019 Transportation Perception...

Mark Your Calendar: TransAction Open House and Listening Session

Let Your Voice Be Heard. It's official! The next TransAction update is officially underway. During a time when transportation is evolving at a faster pace than ever before and the region’s population is rapidly growing, you were given the opportunity to weigh in on...

October 2017 Adoption of TransAction Plan

October 2017 Adoption of TransAction Plan

For Immediate Release October 13, 2017 CONTACT: Sarah Camille Hipp [Mobile] (571) 355-4461 THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY ADOPTS THE TRANSACTION PLAN UPDATE Adoption marks the first update since HB 2313 passed in...

October Authority Meeting Highlights

October Authority Meeting Highlights

Several items were considered by the Authority at the October meeting, including the adoption of the TransAction Plan Update. Authority Meeting Highlights

NVTA Seeks Public Input on Draft TransAction Plan

NVTA Seeks Public Input on Draft TransAction Plan

For Immediate Release June 9, 2017 CONTACT: Sarah Camille Hipp [Mobile] (571) 355-4461 The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) seeks public input on its newly released Draft TransAction Plan and associated Project...

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