RECOGNIZING VIRGINIA'S

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

2021

CELEBRATE TRANSPORTATION DAY

About

During its 2018 session, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that designates the Thursday before Memorial Day each year as Celebrate Transportation Day in Virginia.

This year, Celebrate Transportation Day is May 27. The event showcases each Virginia multimodal transportation agency and all that is offered to residents and visitors. From runways, railways, waterways and roads, thousands of men and women across the Commonwealth keep Virginia moving through their roles across these agencies.

A strong commitment to Virginia’s environment is highlighted this year. Teams across the Commonwealth are dedicating time to clean up local trails and paths this Celebrate Transportation Day.

Today and every day, Virginia’s residents and visitors are asked to commit to a clean, healthy environment and join in the effort to keep our state litter-free. Visit LoversNotLitter.org to learn more about these efforts and take the No Love For Litter Pledge today.

Virginia Transportation Trivia

Seven agencies oversee Virginia’s multimodal transportation network, connecting people to jobs, supplies and healthcare across the Commonwealth.

Test your transportation knowledge by answering the questions below. Point to a box for answers.

VDOT

How many miles of roadway does VDOT operate and maintain?

Answer

VDOT maintains over 57,000 miles, including 1,118 Interstate, 8,111 primary road, 48,305 secondary road and 333 frontage road miles.

Port Authority

How much barge traffic travels from The Port of Virginia’s facilities in Hampton Roads to the Richmond Marine Terminal and on the Chesapeake Bay?

Answer

The barge traffic accounted for nearly 60,000 containers in 2020. Lined up end-to-end, that equates to nearly 500 miles of trucks.

Virginia Space

Virginia is one of only four states that offers vertical transportation. Do you know what that is?

Answer

It refers to launching rockets into space. The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority provides full-service launch and drone testing facilities.

Aviation

How many Virginians travel by air each day?

Answer

More than 72,000 Virginians travel to destinations around the globe daily.

DRPT

How much time do Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs save Virginians?

Answer

TDM/Commuter programs save driver’s more than three million auto trips and more than 110 million miles traveled per year.

MVDB

What is DealerTalk?

Answer

DealerTalk is one of the first newsletters in the U.S. written specifically for dealers. The semi-monthly publication goes to subscribers across the country.

DMV

How many licensed drivers are there in Virginia?

Answer

There are about 5.9 million licensed drivers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Port Authority

What is The Port of Virginia’s Green Operator dray truck replacement program?

Answer

Since 2006, the program has helped get newer and cleaner technology to over 480 trucks, reducing emissions by more than 30%.

VDOT

How does VDOT rank in the size of its highway system?

Answer

VDOT operates the third largest state-maintained highway system in the country, just behind North Carolina and Texas.

Aviation

What is the value of the aviation industry?

Answer

Aviation is a $23 billion industry in Virginia, connecting people to locations worldwide.

Virginia Space

What is the connection between Virginia Space and bats?

Answer

Construction of the MARS UAS Airfield was timed to protect the nesting season for native bats found on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

MVDB

What do Motor Vehicle Dealer Board (MVDB) Field Representatives do?

Answer

MVDB Field Representatives oversee 285 dealerships spanning over eight counties, who conduct inspections to keep dealerships in compliance.

DRPT

True or False: DRPT removes three million tons of CO2 and avoids 1.7 billion truck miles from Virginia's highways annually.

Answer

True.

Port Authority

What happens to the used wire rope from The Port of Virginia cranes?

Answer

It’s donated to Engineers in Action to build footbridges in rural communities in 11 countries, connecting people to essential resources.

DMV

True or False: Virginia has the most personalized license plates in the U.S.

Answer

True. Out of approximately 8.6 million registered vehicles in Virginia, about 969,000 are personalized.

VDOT

How does VDOT contribute to a cleaner environment?

Answer

VDOT manages many programs to keep Virginia beautiful, including Adopt-a-Highway, Beautify Virginia and Pollinator Habitat and Lovers, Not Litter.

MVDB

How many car dealerships are in Virginia?

Answer

The Motor Vehicle Dealer Board licenses over 3,400 dealerships and 19,500 salespersons across the state.

DRPT

How many electric transit buses are currently in service throughout Virginia?

Answer

DRPT was awarded 17 electric transit buses to replace diesel buses, reducing diesel fuel and carbon and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Aviation

What makes the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport passenger terminal the most environmentally-friendly facility of its kind in the U.S.?

Answer

The terminal has 28 geo-thermal wells for heating/cooling and 72 solar panels for electricity. Rainwater is harvested for potable water in the building.

Virginia Space

What is the average speed for a cargo delivery to the International Space Station?

Answer

Virginia Space delivers goods at approximately 17,640 mph, the speed needed to reach orbital velocity and dock with the International Space Station.

DMV

How many online services are offered by DMV?

Answer

DMV offers over 50 online transactions through its online portal.

Busy Interstate blue airplane Airport travelers
Rocket launch Highway at night Port
special event Airplane in the blue sky American flag in front of an amtrak
Road sign for international space station Workman standing with hat, safety gear, arms crossed. DRPT bus stop
Truck on the highway approaching electronic message sign airport Transforming rail in Virginia sign
People watch a space launch A man working on a propeller on a yellow airplane. sky view of the port
Road work ahead of storm amtrak cars a man shows the back of his t-shirt: one giant leap for mankind

Partners

Information and trivia activities featured have been provided by the following Commonwealth of Virginia agencies within the Transportation Secretariat:

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Department of AviationDOAV
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Port of VirginiaPort of Virginia
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