New officers have been appointed to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) Board for 2017.
PRTC is the organization that handles the bus services and VRE rail service in Prince William and surrounding localities.
According to a release, Supervisor Frank Principi was named as PRTC’s Board Chairman for the second year in a row.
“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. 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,” stated Principi in a release.
The goals for the PRTC Board this year are to stabilize the organization’s finances by increasing ridership, offering alternative services, and securing additional grant funding, stated Principi.
The following are the new members of the Board:
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.
Last year, PRTC facilitated more than 2.6 million passenger trips, stated a release.