Potomac Rappahannock Transit Commission (PRTC) faces an $11 million annual shortfall starting in FY 2017, resulting from declining motor vehicle fuels tax revenue and changes in how the federal government distributes transportation funds. While parallel efforts are ongoing in Richmond to correct problems associated with the fuels tax structure, and other stakeholders work to address federal components, as the primary beneficiary of PRTC services, Prince William County has the most to lose from cuts to PRTC services.  

For this reason, Supervisor Frank Principi is a leading proponent of the County helping to close this funding gap, and encourages area residents to attend Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) meetings and contact state legislators in support of investing in PRTC. The BOCS accepted his resolution to allocate $6 million dollars annually (from FY2017 to FY2021) to avoid drastic service cuts. PRTC plays a major role in lessening traffic congestion in Prince William, taking thousands of cars off of our roads. On any given day, more than 11,000 riders rely on PRTC to get them to work, medical appointments, job training and day-to-day errands. PRTC also adds to the appeal of living in Prince William, allowing residents to enjoy all that our community has to offer while providing convenient access to additional employment opportunities throughout the region.

PRTC reports that 97 percent of those who ride OmniRide/MetroDirect, which connects to localities outside of the County, do so to commute to and from work.  Within the County and Manassas, 71 percent of OmniLink/Cross County Local riders rely on the service to get to work. For more than half of those who use OmniLink —that’s over 1,500 residents—it is their only means of transportation.


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