Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Virginia Passenger Rail Authority

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA), established by Chapter 1230 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly, will be responsible for promoting, sustaining, and expanding the availability of passenger and commuter rail service in the Commonwealth. Once fully operational, the new authority will assume all administrative and fiduciary responsibilities for Virginia’s state-supported passenger rail services, including the current six daily roundtrip Amtrak Northeast Regional services originating in Roanoke, Norfolk, Newport News, and Richmond.  The VPRA will also provide funding to Virginia Railway Express (VRE), which will continue to operate commuter rail service in northern Virginia. Moving forward, the VPRA will also administer all capital expansion projects, infrastructure, and land acquisitions related to Governor Northam’s $3.7 billion Transforming Rail in Virginia initiative, which will double Amtrak and VRE service in Virginia over the next decade.

Meet the Board


  • Board Chairperson- Jennifer Mitchell, DRPT Director
  • The Honorable Sharon Bulova of Fairfax County, Former Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Deborah H. Butler of Norfolk, Retired Executive, Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Victor O. Cardwell of Salem, Principal, Woods Rogers PLC
  • Patricia Doersch of Falls Church, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • The Honorable Jay Fisette of Arlington, Managing Principal, DMV Strategic Advisors, LLC
  • Roderick "Rod" D. Hall of Woodbridge, Government Affairs Advisor, K&L Gates LLP
  • Charles Moorman of Charlottesville, Retired Chairman and CEO, Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Cynthia Moses-Nedd of Prince William County, Chief of Staff, Office of Wildland Fire, United States Department of the Interior
  • The Honorable Paul F. Nichols of Woodbridge, Principal, Nichols Zauzig
  • Hossein Sadid of Richmond, CFO, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Jim Spore of Virginia Beach, President and CEO, Reinvent Hampton Roads
  • Mariia Zimmerman of Richmond, Principal, MZ Strategies, LLC
  • Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Member- Rich Dalton, VRE CEO
  • Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Member- Bruno Maestri, Vice President of Government Relations Amtrak



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