Overview

The Metropolitan Washington region has a notorious reputation for congestion and traffic. Though Northern Virginia has only about 4% of the state’s land area, it has about 24% of the population, 24% of the registered vehicles, 29% of the employment, 21% of the highway/road lane miles and 21% of the overall daily vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the state.

The region also boasts the second most utilized peak-hour public transportation network in the country that includes an extensive Metrorail & Metrobus system, seven local and regional bus systems, three international airports and the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail system.

In short, Northern Virginia’s heavy congestion is not the result of a lack of transportation choices.