Transportation Funding

An overview of major transportation funding sources in Alexandria and process for grant applications and project selection

Page updated on Jan 20, 2022 at 10:39 AM

What's New  

  • At their January Meeting, the Transportation Commission endorsed the application for Safe Routes to School projects through the Transportation and Land Use Connections (TLC) grant.  City Council will consider these applications on February 8. 
  • In December, the City was awarded $7.2 million through the TRIP program to fund Fare Free DASH over the next three years.
  • On December 15, the Transportation Commission approved three grants to the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) for operational funding and capital reimbursement for bus purchases.  City Council will consider these projects on January 25.  They also discussed changes to the grant approval process and community involvement.
  • The Transportation Commission endorsed the FY 2028 CMAQ/RSTP projects at their November 17 meeting - City Council approved these projects on December 14. 
  • On November 13, City Council adopted a resolution to apply for $1.5 million from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) State of Good Repair (SGR) program for the resurfacing of City-maintained primary route extensions.
  • On September 28, City Council approved the submission of up to $10m to  NVTA 70% funds for the West End Transitway Phase II Design (South Van Dorn Street from Metro Road to McConnell Avenue) and for a new bridge on the Holmes Run Trail at Morgan Street to replace the fair-weather crossing.
  • In June 2021, the City was awarded $20M for FY 2026 SmartScale grant projects.


Funding for the City’s Transportation initiatives comes from various state, federal, and local sources. The City’s annual budget provides details on the projects and programs that receive this funding. There are numerous grant opportunities each year that fund ongoing programs and one-time Capital projects.    

The Transportation Long Range Plan is a list of unfunded projects from approved plans that staff uses as a resource to identify potential grant opportunities. The Transportation Commission updates the list of projects, reconsiders the evaluation criteria, and reprioritizes the projects every two years.

Capital projects are selected from approved planning documents with consideration of the eligibility criteria for each particular grant, as well as the City's Strategic Plan, Transportation Master Plan, and Transportation Long Range Plan priorities. The City also applies for grants to assist with day to day operations and state of good repair. The City develops and submits applications for these grants that are typically endorsed by the Transportation and approved by City Council. 

Major Project Funding

Transportation Grant Funding Schedule