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Transportation in Virginia

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VDOTThe Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) overviews the entire transportation network of the state to ensure safe and easy commuting of people and goods. Several miles of roads are owned and operated by the Virginia Department of Transportation, thus ranking it the nation's 3rd largest state highway system. VDOT maintains and functions to ensure a safe, efficient and convenient multimodal transportation network and provide easy connectivity of people and goods to many destinations and markets across the state and worldwide.

Virginia Road Transportation

The road transportation in Virginia comprises of several interstate highways, state routes, bridges and tunnels. VDOT is determined to ensure safe, convenient and excellent transportation and also to provide easy connectivity to various cities and states.

The important Interstate Highways in Virginia are Interstate 95, Interstate 85, Interstate 81, Interstate 77, Interstate 66, and Interstate 64. The interstate highways form an important part of inter-regional corridors.

Interstate 95 - It starts from DC's border, Alexandria to North Carolina border, Skippers.

Interstate 85 - It route connects North Carolina border, Lake Gaston to Petersburg's I-95.

Interstate 81 - The route connects the Tennessee border, Bristol to West Virginia border, White Hall.

Interstate 77 - The route links the North Carolina border to the West Virginia border.

Interstate 66 - The highway links DC border, Arlington to I-81 at Middletown.

Interstate 64 - The route links I-664 in Suffolk to the West Virginia border.

VDOT has initiated and implemented several programs for the improvement of road transportation in the state. Some of the notable programs include-highways

  • Safety Information Center
  • Public Involvement Process
  • Public Record
  • Adopt a Highway
  • Safety Information Center
  • Public Involvement Process
  • Public Record
  • Adopt a Highway
  • Bicycling and Walking
  • Environmental Programs
  • Scenic Byways

Highway safety corridors

VDOT has implemented the Highway safety corridors to minimize traffic accident rates in high crash alert areas. Fines are imposed for speeding and other offenses. In Highway Safety Corridors, fines for speeding may amount up to $500 in. Criminal offenses related to driving under the influence or reckless driving may amount up to $2,500.

Adopt a Highway

The Adopt-A-Highway-Program provides a great opportunity for individuals, organizations, schools or businesses to help maintain cleanliness of all roads within the State Highway System and also plant trees or wildflowers, and helps remove graffiti, to make roads more appealing. All volunteers must be atleast 12 years old and those above 18 years must be under proper adult supervision. The program is a successful government-public partnership program and various schools, social groups, business entities and religious groups actively adopt and participate in the program. The program helps to keeps the state clean by effectively reminding people not to litter, and also assist in saving taxpayers’ money.

Bicycling and Walking

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program has its mission to protect and improve safety and comfort of the bicyclists and pedestrians through the department’s practical policy, funding, and technical resources in bicycle transportation.

Virginia Trails and Routes

Listed below are the contact details of the trails of Virginia-

Accotink Trail
Lake Accotink Park
Fairfax County Park Authority
7500 Accotink Park Road,
Springfield, VA 22150

Adventure Cycling Association
P. O. Box 8308
Missoula, MT 59807

Arlington County Trails
Arlington County Bicycle Coordinator
2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

Assateague Island National Seashore
National Park Service
8586 Beach Road
Chincoteague, VA 23336

Guest River Gorge Trail
Clinch Ranger District
Jefferson National Forest
9416 Darden Drive
Wise, VA 24293
888-265-0019 or 540- 328-2931

Blackwater Creek Natural Area Bike Trail
Lynchburg Recreation and Parks Department.
302 Grove St.
Lynchburg, VA 24501
804- 847-1640

Blue Ridge Parkway
National Park Service
2551 Mountain View Rd.
Vinton, VA 24179

Chessie Nature Trail
(hiking only)
VMI Foundation
P. O. Box 932
Lexington, VA 24450

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Chincoteague, VA 23336

Fredericksburg Historic Tours
Fredericksburg Visitor Center
706 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
800-678-4748 or540- 373-1776
Mt. Vernon Trail
National Park Service
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Turkey Run Park
McLean, VA 22101

New River Trail State Park
New River State Park
Route 1, Box 81X
Austinville, VA 24312
540- 699-6778

Orange and Alexandria Historical Trail
Lake Accotink Park
Fairfax County Park Authority
3701 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Skyline Drive / Shenandoah National Park
National Park Service
Route 4, Box 292
Luray, VA 22835
540- 999-3500

Abingdon-Damascus section:
Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau
208 W. Main St.
Abingdon, VA 24210
540- 676-2282

Damascus-White Tip section:
Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area
Route 1, Box 303
Marion, VA 24354

Washington and Old Dominion Trail
Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
W&OD Railroad Regional Park Office
21293 Smiths Switch Road
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact State Bicycle Coordinator,
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
TTY 711

League of American Bicyclists
1612 K St. NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006

Colonial National Historic Park
P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, Virginia 23690


Major Parkways in Virginia are-

  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Colonial Parkway
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • Skyline Drive

Scenic Byways

The main mission and goal of the scenic highway program is to safeguard and improve the natural scenic beauty of the highways of California including its adjacent corridors. The program adopts a special conservation treatment to protect the roads and all the corridors from encroachment such as junkyards, dumps, concrete plants, and gravel pits, proper landscaping or screening, prohibit billboards and graffiti , environmental friendly developments, regulate grading to prevent erosion alteration in contours, preserve important vegetative, hillsides, provide a local transportation vehicle to promote local tourism.

Alleghany Highlands
Capital Country
Virginia's Millennium Legacy Trails
Southern Highlands
Virginia Civil War Trails
Northern Virginia
Peninsula Campaign
Shenandoah Valley
Lee vs. Grant
Lee's Retreat

Virginia Bus Service

Virginia’s commuter bus services are provided by the Fairfax Connector. Fairfax County, Virginia provides a public bus service called Fairfax Connector and it is operated by MV Transportation under agreement. The organization manages a fleet of 253 buses and all diesel powered. The original routes of this bus service links the county's southern region to the Huntington Metro station bordering Alexandria.

Contact Fairfax Connector:
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Phone: 703-324-7329, TTY 711
Website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector

The various publicly funded providers of transit bus and paratransit services in Virginia are-

Bay Transit Bus
Blacksburg Transit
Bristol Transit
Charlottesville Area Transit
Greater Lynchburg Transit Company
Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC)
Greater Roanoke Transit
Harrisonburg Transit
Petersburg Area Transit
Valley Metro (Roanoke)
WMATA (DC Metro area)

Air Transportation in Virginia

Air transport is an essential gateway of Virginia that serves the locals and tourists from all over the world. It is the major mode that offers all round efficient and easy connectivity. The Federal Aviation Administration authorizes and oversees all flight operations in Virginia.

The major Commercial airports in Virginia are-

  • Charlottesville–Albemarle AirportAirways
  • Lynchburg Regional Airport
  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
  • Norfolk International Airport
  • Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field)
  • Roanoke Regional Airport (Woodrum Field)
  • Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • Washington Dulles International Airport
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Virginia has two important spaceports, namely -

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is situated in Virginia's Newport News and collectively with Norfolk International Airport, it offers its services to the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. The Peninsula Airport Commission owns and operates the airport.

The major airlines and destinations PHF serve are -

  • Delta Air Lines - Atlanta
  • Delta Connection - Atlanta
  • US Airways Express - Charlotte, Philadelphia

Contact Details:
900 Bland Blvd. Suite G
Newport News
VA 23602
Phone: 757.877.0221
Website: http://www.flyphf.com/content/

Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport

Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport (CHO) is an airport for public use and located in Virginia's Albemarle County. The airport is owned by Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority. Some of the top domestic routes served by CHO are Charlotte, NC; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; and New York, NY. The airlines that operate to and from CHO include American Eagle, Delta Connection, Delta Air Lines, US Airways Express and United Express.

Contact Details:
100 Bowen Loop, Suite 200
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone: (434) 973-8342
Fax: (434) 974-7476
Airport Police: (434) 981-4152
Website: http://www.gocho.com/

Hours: 4:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Norfolk International Airport

Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is an airport for public use and located in Virginia's city, Norfolk. City of Norfolk owns the airport and the Norfolk Airport Authority operates ORF.The airlines that operate to and from ORF include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express, Southwest Airlines, US Airways Express and US Airways.

Contact Details:airports
2200 Norview Avenue
Norfolk VA 23518-5807
Phone: (757) 857-3351
Website: http://www.norfolkairport.com/

Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located in Dulles, Virginia. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority owns and operates the airport.

The major airlines that operate to and from IAD are-

  • United Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Virgin America
  • Air France
  • JetBlue

Contact Details:
Washington Dulles International Airport
Washington, D.C. 20041
Phone: (703) 572-2700
TTY:(703) 572-2400
Website: http://www.mwaa.com/dulles/dulles.htm

Rail Transportation in Virginia

The railways is also one of the main transportation modes in Virginia that serves people from all walks of life and also important for cargo transfer. The Virginia department of Rail and Public Transportation overviews all rail services and its proper functioning across the state.

Virginia Passenger Rail Service

Passenger rail service in Virginia is mainly provided by Virginia Railway Express and Amtrak.


Amtrak offers comfortable, convenient and easy connectivity to and from Virginia. The services it offers are suitable for pleasure as well as business trips to and from the state.

Virginia Amtrak routes include Lynchburg, Richmond, Norfolk, Newport News, Roanoke to Washington, DC, and extend to far northern regions such as Boston or the Commonwealth.

The following Stations are served by Amtrak in Virginia -

  • Alexandria, VA (ALX)
  • Ashland, VA (ASD)
  • Burke, VA - Burke Centre (BCV)Rails
  • Charlottesville, VA (CVS)
  • Clifton Forge, VA (CLF)
  • Culpeper, VA (CLP)
  • Danville, VA (DAN)
  • Fredericksburg, VA (FBG)
  • Lorton, VA - Auto Train Only (LOR)
  • Lynchburg, VA (LYH)
  • Manassas, VA (MSS)
  • Newport News, VA (NPN)
  • Norfolk, VA (NFK)
  • Petersburg, VA (PTB)
  • Quantico, VA (QAN)
  • Richmond, VA - Main Street (RVM)
  • Richmond, VA - Staples Mill Road (RVR)
  • Staunton, VA (STA)
  • Williamsburg, VA (WBG)
  • Woodbridge, VA (WDB)

Learn more: Amtrak

For Reservations & Customer Service, contact at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or TDD/TTY (1-800-523-6590)

Virginia Railway Express

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a commuter rail serving regionally. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission own VRE. VRE has 2 lines that link the Northern Virginia suburbs to Washington DC's Union Station.

The 2 lines are -

  • The Fredericksburg Line - Serves from Fredericksburg, Virginia,
  • The Manassas Line - Serves from Broad Run/Airport station in Bristow, Virginia.

Learn more: Virginia Railway Express

Station Map

Contact Details:
1500 King Street, Suite 202
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 684-1001
Fax: (703) 684-1313
TTY: (703) 684-0551

Amtrak's Auto Train Service

Amtrak's Auto Train is a scheduled train service for passengers and their automobiles. The service links between Lorton in Virginia and Sanford, Florida. The Auto Train is one of its kind in the east that uses Superliner cars. Coach seats or sleeping car are available for passengers ride and their automobiles are carried in autotracks, an enclosed automobile-carrying freight cars.

Learn more: Amtrak's Auto Train

Water Transportation in Virginia

Water Transportation is also a major transportation system. It serves the people as an enjoyable mode of transportation with many scenic sites to explore along the way. Additionally, water transportation is a major mode for freight movement to various cities, states and worldwide through seaports.


Port of Virginia

The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) owns the Port of Virginia. The Port of Virginia is a group of facilities and its main affairs are localized on Virginia's harbor of Hampton Roads. The Port of Virginia encompasses 4 marine terminals and 1 inter-modal container transfer facility.

The four marine terminals are -

  • Norfolk International Terminals (NIT)
  • Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT)
  • Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT)
  • Virginia International Gateway (VIG) at Portsmouth

The inter-modal container transfer facility is -

  • The Virginia Inland Port (VIP) at Front Royal, Virginia.

Learn more: Virginia Port Authority (VPA)

Norfolk International Terminals

Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) is located in the Hampton Roads Harbor in Virginia and it is the largest terminal of Virginia Port Authority.

NIT is classified into 3 main sections, namely-

  • The South Terminal (272 acres)
  • The North Terminal (245 acres)
  • The Central Rail Yard (approximately 50 acres)

Contact Details:

Norfolk International Terminals (South) – Primary truck interchange
7737 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23505
Phone: 757-440-7160

Norfolk International Terminals (North) – Personal Occupancy Vehicle (POV) gate
Hampton Blvd. and N. Gate Rd.
Norfolk, VA 23505
Phone: 757-440-7160

Portsmouth Marine Terminal

Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT) is located on Elizabeth River's west bank. PMT is attended by CSX and Norfolk Southern through the Norfolk Portsmouth Beltline Railway.

Contact Details:

Portsmouth Marine Terminal
Intersection of Cleveland St. and Lee Ave.
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Phone: 1-757-440-7160

Portsmouth Empty Container Yard (PPCY)
Tunnel Facility Dr.
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Phone: 1-757-292-4315

Newport News Marine Terminal

Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT) is the principal roll-on/roll-off and break-bulk facility of the Virginia Port Authority. The facility provides many acres of outside and covered storage space. Additionally NNMT also encompasses large rail system operated by CSX.

Contact Details:
Newport News Marine Terminal
25th St. and Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23607
Phone: 757-440-7160

Virginia International Gateway

Virginia International Gateway (VIG) is the largest marine container terminal which is privately owned. VIG is located in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Contact Details:
Virginia International Gateway
1000 Virginia International Gateway Blvd
Portsmouth, VA 23703
Phone: 1-800-446-8098

Port of Richmond

The Port of Richmond is located parallel to the western bank of the James River. The City of Richmond owns the facility which is leased by the Virginia Port Authority based on a contract.

Contact Details:
The Port of Richmond
5000 Deepwater Terminal Road
Richmond, VA 23234
Phone: 804-726-3092

Virginia Inland Port

The Virginia Inland Port (VIP) is an inter-modal container transfer facility. The Virginia Port Authority owns the facility which is located in Virginia's Front Royal, Warren County.

Contact Details:
The Virginia Inland Port
7685 Winchester Road
Front Royal, VA, 22630
Phone: 1-800-883-7678


Important VDOT Contact Details:

  • Virginia Department of Transportation Central Office
    1401 E. Broad St
    Richmond, VA 23219800
    Phone: 367-7623 (toll-free)
    711 (hearing impaired)

  • Customer Service Center: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
    TTY users can call 711

  • To order maps call 800-367-7623, or write:
    VDOT Information Center
    1221 E. Broad St
    Richmond, VA 23219

  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
    203 Governor St., #302
    Richmond, VA 23219
    800-933-PARK or 804-786-1712
    Website: www.dcr.state.va.us

  • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
    2300 W.Broad St.
    Richmond, VA 23220
    Website: ww.DMVNOW.com

  • Virginia Tourism Corporation
    901 E. Byrd St.
    Riverfront Plaza West
    19th floor
    Richmond, VA 23219
    800-932-5287 or 804-786-4484
    Website: www.VIRGINIA.org
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