Transportation Planning for Prince William County

Prince William County’s transportation planning is coordinated between the County’s Planning Office and the County Department of Transportation.

Comprehensive Planning

The current version of the Prince William County Comprehensive Plan, was developed by the county Planning Office and adopted by the County Board of Supervisors in 2008. The plan contains recommendations for future land use, transportation systems, schools, parks, libraries, historic and environmental resources, and other resources, facilities, and services. The plan is implemented through Plan maps, a Capital Improvements Program, a subdivision ordinance, and a Zoning Ordinance and Map.

Countywide Transportation Planning

Prince William’s Transportation Plan is an element of the county’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan is intended to identify a multi-modal transportation network to meet future needs, including roadways, transit facilities, and services, as well as non-motorized options. The projects in the Plan are designed to promote the safe and efficient movement of goods and people throughout the County and into surrounding jurisdictions. It serves as a guide to the Prince William County Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), as well as the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and other transportation related agencies in the region.

Plans for Specific Locations and Transportation Modes

The County Planning Office and the County Department of Transportation conduct a variety of special planning studies.

Operations and Maintenance

The Commonwealth of Virginia, through VDOT, provides all road maintenance in the County, including snow removal. VDOT fills potholes and repaves roads, clears drainage ditches along the roads, services storm drain outlets, and mows along roadsides and on medians. VDOT maintains traffic signals and traffic control signs. VDOT determines the timing of traffic signals based on traffic volume and commuter needs.

However, the County Department of Transportation does implement a limited number of road projects that have been approved by County voters as part of road bond referenda. Voter approval allows the County to sell bonds in order to establish funding for projects.

Prince William County, in conjunction with Manassas and Manassas Park, operate commuter buses through the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC).

Northern Virginia Transportation Planning

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority ties together the transportation priorities of Northern Virginia’s jurisdictions, including Prince William, in its long-range plan. The most recent version of this plan, TransAction 2040, was approved in 2012.

Visit the NVTA meeting calendar for information opportunities.

Photo of the Manassas National Battlefield Park by Richard Welty on Flickr.