New officers appointed to PRTC for 2017

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Provided by Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC)

At its February 9 meeting, the Board of Commissioners for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) appointed a new slate of officers for 2017.

For the second consecutive year, PRTC’s chairman is Frank J. Principi, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors representing the Woodbridge District.

“The Commission will be challenged in 2017 with the on-going fiscal constraints related to decreasing motor fuels tax revenues and development of a new strategic plan designed to transform the Commission into a mobility provider that better meets the needs of our residents and businesses,” Principi said.

“The strategic plan may result in the introduction of new services over the next several years including bike share/car share programs, Uber & Lyft agreements for first/last mile trips, employer shuttles, fast ferry service, and on-demand bus routes. Autonomous buses have also been discussed,” he added.

“The Commission will work to stabilize PRTC’s finances by increasing ridership, offering alternative transit services, and securing additional grant revenues to better serve a growing region,” Principi said.

Joining Principi on the 2017 Board are:

  • Vice Chairman Jeanette Rishell, the Mayor of Manassas Park;
  • Secretary Pamela Sebesky, a member of the Manassas City Council;
  • Treasurer Paul Milde III, the Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors representing the Aquia District;
  • Immediate Past Chairman John D. Jenkins, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors representing the Neabsco District; and
  • At-Large Member Matthew J. Kelly, a member of the Fredericksburg City Council.

PRTC provides commuter and local bus services, facilities ridesharing, and helps to oversee operations of the Virginia Railway Express. In calendar year 2016, PRTC made more than 2.6 million passenger trips.

The Board typically meets at 7:00 p. m. on the first Thursday of each month at the PRTC Transit Center in Woodbridge. Meetings are open to the public.


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