Answered By: Ken Winter
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2017     Views: 14

Appointed by the state governor, the 17-member Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) establishes the administrative policies for Virginia's transportation system by allocating funding to specific projects, locates routes and providing funding for airports, seaports and public transportation. 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state's roads, bridges and tunnels through the direction of the CTB. 

Within the framework of state law, the CTB has power to:

  • Choose locations of routes
  • Award contracts for construction, maintenance, and improvement of roads
  • Make traffic regulations
  • Name highways
  • Enter into contracts with local entities created for transportation purposes
  • Contract with other states
  • Administer, distribute, and allocate funds in the Transportation Trust Fund

The CTB provides also provides oversight to the Port of Virginia, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and the Virginia Department of Aviation.

Precise wording from the Code of Virginia is provided at § 33.2-200. Commonwealth Transportation Board; membership; terms; vacancies.

The CTB usually meets on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of the month in months where meetings are scheduled. Meeting agendas, minutes, audio and video are archived and publicly accessible at: http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/meetings.asp