The Secretary of Transportation is committed to creating and maintaining a multimodal network that connects Virginians to jobs, education, and health care across the Commonwealth and serves as the platform for Virginia’s economy.  Working collaboratively, we can advance this network by tying transportation decisions to economic competitiveness and identifying innovative solutions to transportation challenges.

Agencies the Secretariat oversees move people and goods by rail, water, transit, and over our roadways. Our sea ports, airports, space port, bridges, tunnels, and highways serve as global gateways for the Commonwealth, opening Virginia to economic opportunity by creating access to regional, national, and world markets.

On this site, you can learn more about Secretary Shannon Valentine and the agencies that comprise the Secretariat, view photos and stories of recent transportation news and events, and find contact information for the office of the Secretary.

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Welcomes Rocket Labs to Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

October 18, 2018 — Secretary Valentine joined Virginia Space CEO and Executive Director Dale Nash and NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Director Bill Wrobel on Wallops Island to welcome California-based Rocket Labs to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Rocket Lab’s decision to choose this site as the location for its first launch facility located in the United States is a significant investment in the region. The company's presence helps the Commonwealth further utilize the “vertical highway” to create game-changing access for governmental and business entities to space.

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VDOT's SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam held in Fredericksburg

September 28-29, 2018 — Six teams of developers, students, planners, and data enthusiasts competed to win cash prizes in VDOT's "SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam" held at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg. Using VDOT's SmarterRoads data portal and open data sources, teams developed concepts and solutions over two days to help address Virginia's greatest transportation challenges..

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Cathay Pacific Airlines celebrates launch of only non-stop service to Hong Kong from Washington DC 

September 25, 2018 — Secretary Valentine joined Rupert Hogg, CEO of Cathay Pacific, Jack Potter, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and other dignitaries to celebrate the launch of Cathay Pacific Airlines’ only non-stop service to Hong Kong out of the Washington, DC, area.  Officials marked the occasion with a ceremonial roast pig cutting to symbolize good luck and prosperity.

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Odd Fellows Road Interchange Ribbon Cutting

July 10, 2018 — The City of Lynchburg and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a ribbon cutting to commemorate the completion of Phase One of the Odd Fellows Road Interchange Project.

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GRTC Pulse Begins Service Today

June 25th, 2018 — A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the opening of the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) Pulse. The project was completed within budget and ahead of schedule with the contractual completion date of June 30, 2018GRTC Pulse is a modern, high quality, high capacity rapid transit system that serves a 7.6-mile route along Broad Street and Main Street, from Rocketts Landing in the City of Richmond to Willow Lawn in Henrico County.

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Clean-up Begins after Category EF3 Tornado Hits the Lynchburg Region

An EF3-category tornado, with a maximum wind speed of 150 mph, struck Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst and Campbell on Sunday, April 15, 2018, damaging numerous structures.  On April 19th, Secretary Shannon Valentine and others toured the damage, visited the Incident Command Center, and met with front line VDOT staff, emergency personnel, and volunteers.

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Residents get glimpse of Fredericksburg District transportation plan

May 8th, 2018 — Stafford County Board of Supervisor Meg Bohmke told a small gathering at one of a string of public meetings on the state’s Six-Year Improvement Program for transportation that she’d recently returned from a trip to Florida.

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Governor Northam Recognizes Finalists in DMV’s License Plate Contest

April 12th, 2018 — Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and members of the General Assembly celebrated the eight finalists in DMV’s Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest. Kaya Windpainter of Blacksburg submitted the winning concept and received a $1,000 prize, courtesy of AAA. Her design concept will be available on license plates this summer.

The 2018 Transportation Innovation video is here!


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