Have Your Say! Decide What Transit Projects Your Toll Dollars Will Drive

May 10, 2023

The express version

  • How your toll dollars help fund transit projects in NOVA
Hey, Northern Virginia drivers! Your voice matters when it comes to how toll dollars are used to fund transit projects in Virginia. That's why our partners the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) are accepting comments on 16 proposed transit projects until May 15th. It's your chance to help shape how Express Lanes toll dollars are used to improve travel options through the I-395/95. The proposed projects, totaling $88 million, include enhancements to transit services, incentives to attract more riders, and improvements to rail stations. They'll help move more people more efficiently and lessen congestion, which means smoother, faster travel for you. Commuter Choice, the funding program supporting these projects, focuses on improving travel reliability and efficiency. The funding for Commuter Choice comes from an agreement between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Transurban, in which Transurban, the operator of the 495, 95 and 395 Express Lanes contributes a portion of its 395 Express Lanes toll revenue annually toward transit improvements benefitting the I-395/I-95 corridor. So, when you provide your feedback, you're helping make your commute better. Participating is easy - just complete a feedback form online, or public testimony* at (571) 721-1451 or send an email to commuterchoice@novatransit.org. All feedback will be shared with NVTC's and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC)'s Commissioners to ensure that the best projects are selected. So, what are you waiting for? Check out the proposed projects and have your say! Remember, your opinion counts, and your feedback can make a real difference in improving transit options in Northern Virginia: https://novatransit.org/programs/commuterchoice/commuter-choice-comments/ *Individuals wishing to provide testimony via voicemail message will be allowed up to three minutes to provide recorded testimony. All testimony will be transcribed and submitted into the public record.