Transurban North America Makes Fifth Annual Transit Investment; Total Contributions Nearly $80 Million

January 23, 2024

395 Express Lanes’ contributions to Commuter Choice Program fund public transportation throughout corridor

In January, Transurban North America made its fifth annual payment to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) Commuter Choice Program. NVTC’s Commuter Choice Program uses the contributed toll revenues from the 395 Express Lanes, distributing funds competitively to public transit and other commute improvements that help more people to move more efficiently, with more travel options, through the 95/395 Express Lanes corridor.

“Transurban is committed to getting people where they need to go. Helping provide the communities we serve with more ways to get from point A to point B beyond our Express Lanes achieves that goal,” said Beau Memory, President, Transurban North America. “Northern Virginia’s growth, from population increases to major employers like Amazon choosing our region, requires us to attack the mobility challenge from every angle. Through this year’s contribution of over $16.5 million to Commuter Choice, we are creating solutions that matter—because solving transportation challenges both now and in the future requires partnerships across the public and private sectors.”

The funds are distributed by NVTC, in collaboration with the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, to give Northern Virginians more multimodal options for traveling throughout the region. From buses that take advantage of the 95/395 Express Lanes to Virginia Railway Express (VRE) enhancements, new and expanded services and infrastructure improvements have come to life because of Commuter Choice.

“Our partnership with Transurban through the innovative Commuter Choice program supports the regional economy, gives people more travel options and reduces congestion throughout Northern Virginia,” said Kate Mattice, Executive Director, NVTC. “Keeping Northern Virginia moving depends on finding ways to move more people on our existing roads and highways through targeted investments in projects that make a measurable impact.”

The annual commitment extends through the end of Transurban’s agreement with the Commonwealth in 2087 increasing by 2.5% each year—adding up to over $2.6 billion throughout the life of the concession. Transurban’s contributions have made meaningful impacts to mobility throughout Northern Virginia by:

  • Enabling 2.6 million transit passenger trips.
  • Saving 370,000 hours of travel time.
  • Reducing vehicle miles traveled by 35 million.
  • Saving commuters $5 million in fuel costs.
  • Avoiding 43 automobile crashes.
  • Bringing $10 million in regional economic benefit from reduced travel delays.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 69% vs. a single-occupancy vehicle trip.

For the full list of funded projects through the 395 Express Lanes Commuter Choice Program, visit NVTC’s website.

Recently along the corridor, Express Lanes improvements have enabled drivers, carpoolers, and transit riders alike to enjoy faster, more reliable trips. From the 10-mile Fredericksburg Extension opened in August 2023 to continued access improvements at Seminary Road and Opitz Boulevard coming soon, it’s easier than ever to use Transurban’s Express Lanes—no matter which way you travel.

About Transurban North America

Transurban is one of the world's largest toll-road operators and developers, working to get people where they want to go, as quickly and safely as possible. In fiscal year 2023, our faster, more reliable roads saved customers an average of 413,000 hours each workday across five global markets. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, our public-private partnerships are transforming transportation choices using dynamic, real-time pricing on the 495, 95, and 395 Express Lanes. As we celebrate a decade of keeping Virginia travelers moving, we continue to work alongside our government partners to drive the technology, policy and mobility solutions that are connecting and strengthening communities today and ten years from now.