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01/12/2015 PRTC Ridership Declined in 2014 : Lower Transit Benefit and Falling Gas Prices Are Likely Causes

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Introducing PRTC

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is a regional transportation district comprised of six jurisdictions: Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

Virginia law authorizes the creation of transportation districts to facilitate regional transportation solutions to problems that transcend individual localities’ borders. With that aim, PRTC was established in 1986 to help create and oversee the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail service and also to assume responsibility for bus service implementation as its member governments saw fit.

PRTC today offers a comprehensive network of commuter and local bus services in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, as well as a free ridematching service. In addition, PRTC continues to operate VRE in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, which represents the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.

Important Numbers

Funding for PRTC’s transportation services comes from several sources including passenger fares and advertising as well as federal, state and local government subsidies. All of PRTC’s member jurisdictions rely on a 2.1% motor fuels tax to meet their respective local subsidy obligations. In addition, Prince William County uses general fund appropriations to a small degree when necessary as a supplement. Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg confine their PRTC service sponsorship to VRE, as does the newest member, Spotsylvania County, which started appropriating funds to PRTC in FY 2012.  Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park sponsor both PRTC bus services and VRE.

3.3 million The number of passengers PRTC carried on its buses in the 2013 calendar year.
1.6 The percentage that ridership decreased on PRTC's bus services in calendar year 2013 compared with 2012.
9,399 The average daily ridership on PRTC's commuter bus services in FY 2013.
3,911 The average weekday ridership on PRTC's local bus services in FY 2013.
2,866 The average number of passengers transported daily in PRTC-affiliated carpools and vanpools in FY 2013.
4.7 million The number of passenger trips made by VRE in FY 2012.
$38.8 million PRTC’s operating budget in FY 2014, excluding VRE.

Our Services

PRTC’s goal is to provide safe, reliable and flexible transportation options while helping to reduce area congestion and pollution. Those goals benefit everyone in the region. Even those who don’t use our services benefit from less congested roads and better air quality. These are the services PRTC offers:

OmniRide – OmniRide commuter buses serve residents on weekdays along the highly congested I-95 and I-66 corridors with destinations including Tysons Corner, the Pentagon, Crystal City, Rosslyn/Ballston, downtown Washington, Capitol Hill and the Washington Navy Yard. Along with morning and evening rush hour service, mid-day service is available.

Metro Direct – Three Metro Direct routes provide weekday connections to and from nearby Metrorail stations. Routes link eastern Prince William County with the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station, the Manassas area with the Vienna and West Falls Church metro stations, and the Linton Hall corridor with the West Falls Church Metro Station.

OmniLink – The groundwork for OmniLink was laid in the early 1990s when human services officials recognized a need for local public transportation services to help the transit-dependent, senior citizens, and people with disabilities to keep a measure of their independence. OmniLink started running in 1995 with a unique “flex-routing” system that is a model for other transit agencies nationwide. Flex-routing enables the bus to travel up to ¾ mile off the standard route to help those who have difficulty using fixed bus stops.  Today, OmniLink local buses have six weekday routes: Dale City, Dumfries, the Route 1 Corridor, Woodbridge/Lake Ridge, Manassas and Manassas Park. In addition, Saturday service is available on routes serving eastern Prince William County.

Cross County Connector – The Cross County Connector provides transportation to people who need to travel between eastern Prince William County and the Manassas area. It features access to major shopping centers, social service agencies and government offices as well as easy transfer points to OmniRide and OmniLink buses.

OmniMatch – OmniMatch is a free, personalized ridematching program to help commuters find the carpool or vanpool that best suits their needs. By accessing Commuter Connections’ extensive regional database, OmniMatch can match commuters with other carpoolers and vanpoolers who have similar commutes and work hours.

Virginia Railway Express – VRE offers train service to six commuter rail stations in the Prince William and Manassas areas. Both the Manassas and the Fredericksburg rail lines provide connections to other transit at all stations in the District and at many Virginia stations.

You can get a better understanding of PRTC’s service area by visiting our system map. And for more information about PRTC , contact PR Specialist, Christine Rodrigo at 703-580-6127 or

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