The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is a state agency that reports to Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation. DRPT’s mission is to facilitate and improve the mobility of people and promote the efficient transport of goods and people in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner. DRPT works with local, regional, state, and federal governments and with private entities to support projects and programs that expand transportation choices in the Commonwealth through rail, public transportation, and commuter services.
Virginia’s public transit agencies are committed to cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles and providing the safest ride possible for all passengers. Find your local transit agencies’ COVID-19 policies.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) found that there is no direct correlation between the use of urban public transit and transmission of COVID-19. APTA indicates that there is minimal risk from using public transit, especially with safeguards such as face coverings, well-functioning ventilation systems, and minimal talking by riders.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports that people who switch from driving to taking transit can save, on average, more than $847 per month (that’s over $10,000 a year)! Switching to transit means saving on gas costs, tolls, car maintenance bills, and parking fees. Find out how much you can save on gas with APTA’s fuel savings calculator.
Taking transit on a regular basis is a great way for Virginians to help improve the environment. Switching to transit reduces carbon emissions and gasoline consumption, saving the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually, according to APTA. Buses and other forms of transit have also become more environmentally friendly; many buses are electric hybrid vehicles or run on natural gas.
DRPT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For additional information on DRPT’s nondiscrimination policies and procedures or to file a complaint, please contact the Title VI Compliance Officer, Linda Balderson, 804-786-4440, 600 E. Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond, VA 23219.