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 United States.

Traffic congestion produces several negative effects, including:

  • 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 to retain the highly qualified workforce that fuels the region’s growth.

To improve conditions, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) updated TransAction, the long-range transportation plan for Northern Virginia, with goals to enhance mobility, increase accessibility and improve resiliency by planning for an equitable, sustainable and safe multimodal transportation network.  NVTA’s in-depth planning process has resulted in a TransAction Plan which addresses regional transportation needs through 2045 and is comprised of more than 400 candidate transportation projects totaling more than $75 billion. The plan identifies potential investments to meet the growing needs for travel throughout the region, expanding beyond Northern Virginia. The updated TransAction Plan was adopted on December 8, 2022. 

Recent Updates

NVTA’s 2021 Transportation Perception Survey Results

The latest Northern Virginia Transportation Authority survey of Northern Virginia (NoVA) residents shows that the proportion of those who have ever worked from home shot up to 78 percent, from 61 percent before the COVID-19 pandemic, indicating the significant impact...

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...

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