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.

Congratulations to our 30 in Thirty Green Grant Winners!

Congratulations to our 30 in Thirty Green Grant Winners! 

Wow, Virginia, we are IMPRESSED! We received our highest number of entries ever for meaningful environmental projects from caring and resourceful Virginians, and we were proud to announce this year's recipients each day in June. Join us in congratulating them by following the link below as we look forward to getting an entry from YOU next spring! Stay tuned for highlights and results from Green Grant projects as they become available. Please visit HERE to learn more about these amazing groups and their efforts in their communities!

The VDOT Native Plantings Program

Speaking of IMPRESSED, did you know that VDOT creates naturalized areas with native plantings along state-maintained roadways and properties to provide habitats for threatened and dwindling pollinator species, like bees and butterflies? In addition to providing habitat, the program has other goals:

* Reduced mowing can allow plants to mature and produce seeds. VDOT recommends no mowing between March 31 - November 1 each year. 
* Native vegetation stabilizes slopes and reduces erosion. The deep roots also decrease stormwater runoff.
* Native plants defend against invasive species, reducing the costs of removing problem vegetation and decreasing the use of herbicides.

The program started with four 900-foot Pollinator Waystation plots in 2014 in NOVA. Since then, pollinator plantings have been added at 16+ VDOT properties. This critical program is funded through the purchase of the wildflower and protect pollinators license plates through the Virginia DMV. Consider this the next time you renew your license! 

This is just one of the many ways the Secretary of Transportation's office demonstrates its commitment to Environmental Stewardship and resiliency within our communities!  

A Free & Easy Way to Do Your Part

And never forget to Adopt-a-Highway if you haven't already and thank you for maintaining yours if you have one! Why not recruit a friend to Adopt-a-Highway, too?
We truly appreciate each and every one of you for your part in keeping Virginia beautiful!

Secretary Valentine celebrated Virginia Pollinator Week

June 17-23, 2019 — Secretary Valentine celebrated Virginia Pollinator Week - June 17-23 - by highlighting VDOT's many environmental stewardship initiatives, including the Pollinator Habitat Program.

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Governor visits Stafford to celebrate 'big day' for Interstate 95 express lanes

June 5, 2019 — Secretary Valentine joined Governor Ralph Northam, Congressman Rob Wittman, Transurban’s Jennifer Aument, and others on June 5 to announce the start of construction on a 10-mile extension of the I-95 Express Lanes in a vital economic region of Virginia. The Fredericksburg Extension project, known as “Fred Ex,” will provide new options for faster and more reliable travel along one of the nation’s most congested corridors by extending the dynamically-tolled express lanes from Route 610 to Route 17 near Fredericksburg.

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Secretary Valentine helped Virginia kick off the inaugural Celebrate Transportation Day

May 23, 2019 — To celebrate the history and ingenuity of transportation, the Virginia House of Delegates passed House Joint Resolution 59 during the 2018 General Session designating the Thursday prior to Memorial Day each year as Celebrate Transportation Day.

The day began with a bike ride on the Virginia Capital Trail and culminated in an outdoor festival with transportation-themed music, food trucks, the DMV2Go mobile office, Segway rides, VDOT’s equipment simulator, a Safety Service Patrol truck, and a selfie booth!

The theme for the inaugural Celebrate Transportation Day was the most valued aspect of transportation – our employees.  From runways to railways, from gateways to highways, the 2019 Celebrate Transportation Day honored the thousands of men and women across the Commonwealth who keep Virginia moving.

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State, local officials announce agreements for $3.8B HRBT expansionState, local officials announce agreements for $3.8B HRBT expansion

April 25, 2019 — Secretary Valentine joined Governor Northam who announced the Commonwealth's signing of a financial agreement and Comprehensive Agreement for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion project. The largest construction project in VDOT's history, this $3.8 billion project is projected to be completed by November 2025.

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Rocket launches with cargo for International Space Station

April 17, 2019 — Secretary Valentine helped Virginia Space, NASA, and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems celebrate the successful launch of the 10th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

The Antares rocket boosted an unmanned Cygnus spacecraft carrying a 7,500-pound payload to the ISS, including 3,700 pounds of scientific investigations.  The mission is launching or supporting more than 40 experiments designed to research such areas as cardiovascular health, Alzheimer’s, removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and exterior inspection of the space station by self-propelled cubesat robots.  This was also the inaugural launch of Virginia Space's "ThinSat" STEM program, carrying scientific projects from more than 50 schools into space.  

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Four experts talk innovation with Cecilia Kang

February 27, 2019 — Secretary Valentine participated in a panel discussion on "New Technology & America's Infrastructure," as part of the New York Times' "TimesTalks" series.  The discussion was moderated by Cecilia Kang, technology reporter for the New York Times.

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Audi expands Traffic Light Information - Now Includes Speed Recommendations to Minimize Stops

February 19, 2019 — Audi of America announced today an expansion of Traffic Light Information to include Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA), another industry first in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies from the brand. GLOSA can provide speed recommendations to Audi drivers of select 2017 and newer models that can assist drivers in catching the “green wave,” helping to reduce the number of stops at red lights.

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Virginia Loves Unmanned Systems

February 14, 2019 — The Virginia General Assembly unanimously approved Senate Joint Resolution 347 commending The Center for Innovative Technology’s Center for Unmanned Systems and the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, and the entire team of corporate and local government partners on successfully submitting a proposal and winning the U.S. Department of Transportation Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program approval.

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Watching Out for Highway and Public Safety Personnel

December 29, 2018 — At the beginning of this month, Governor Ralph Northam issued a directive to establish the Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety. The mission of this collaboration among the Virginia Departments of Education, Health, Motor Vehicles, State Police and Transportation and traffic safety advocates is to reduce the rising number of fatalities on Virginia’s roadways.

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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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