Virginia DRPT Releases Draft Six-Year Improvement Program

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
DRPT photo

DRPT photo

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has released its draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2025-2030 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP), which allocates nearly $6.2 billion for public transportation and freight and passenger rail over the next six fiscal years.

For FY25, DRPT’s draft SYIP allocates $392 million to local and regional public transportation providers, $426 million to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for its metro rail and metrobus services, and $16 million for the Virginia Railway Express’s (VRE) operating and capital budget. For rail, $18 million is budgeted for DRPT’s freight rail programs and $182 million for the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) to expand and sustain passenger rail in Virginia.

The public is invited to provide comment on the draft program. DRPT will be hosting a public hearing on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. Community members can participate in person at DRPT’s Headquarters (600 E Main St, Suite 2100, Richmond, VA 23219), DRPT’s Northern Virginia office (1725 Duke Street, Suite 675, Alexandria, VA 22314), or virtually. To attend virtually, participants must register here.

In addition to the May 16th meeting, the Commonwealth Transportation Board will be hosting a total of nine public meetings across Virginia to gather feedback from the community.

More information on the program is available here.

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