Secretary of Transportation

Secretary of Transportation


The Secretary of Transportation is committed to creating and maintaining a multimodal network that connects Virginians to jobs, education, and health care across the Commonwealth and serves as the platform for Virginia’s economy.  Working collaboratively, we can advance this network by tying transportation decisions to economic competitiveness and identifying innovative solutions to transportation challenges.

Agencies the Secretariat oversees move people and goods by rail, water, transit, and over our roadways. Our sea ports, airports, space port, bridges, tunnels, and highways serve as global gateways for the Commonwealth, opening Virginia to economic opportunity by creating access to regional, national, and world markets.


Shannon Valentine

Shannon Valentine was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2018, and oversees a $5 billion multimodal transportation system crossing seven agencies with more than 10,000 employees.

As Secretary, she also serves as Chair of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).

Valentine is a former Member of the Virginia House of Delegates, serving on the House Transportation and Courts of Justice Committees. Her legislative priorities focused on transportation, economic development, education, and ethics. She led bipartisan efforts to create transparent government, expand clean energy production, and invest in intercity passenger rail service for the first time in Virginia’s history.

Following an assignment as a Director of the Transportation Policy Council in 2013 for then Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s transition team, Valentine was appointed as the Lynchburg District representative to the CTB in May 2014. During this time, she created the first Regional Connectivity Study in Virginia that correlated transportation decisions with workforce, business expansion and recruitment and investment, covering eight modes of transportation.

For more than 25 years, she worked to create economic opportunity through housing, education and transportation. Valentine was named 2017 Transportation Woman of the Year by WTS Central Virginia Chapter. She has been honored with the Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Democracy in Action Award by the League of Women Voters, Freedom Fighter Award by the NAACP, Woman of the Year in Government by the YWCA, and the Commonwealth Autism Services Award.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in economics. She graduated from the Sorensen Institute at UVA, and completed Education for Ministry, a four-year theology course through Sewanee University’s School of Theology.

Secretary Valentine is married to Dr. Mike Valentine, and has three children, Catherine, Jack and Brooke.


Email: Shannon Valentine


Secretary of Transportation
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: 804-786-2211




Virginia Department of Aviation

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The Commonwealth of Virginia maintains one of the nation’s most comprehensive and advanced statewide aviation systems consisting of 66 public-use airports across the Commonwealth. This includes Dulles International and Reagan National airports. The Virginia Department of Aviation’s mission is to cultivate an advanced aviation system that is safe, secure and provides for economic development; promote aviation awareness and education; and provide the safest and most efficient flight services for the Commonwealth’s leadership and state agencies.

Department of Motor Vehicles

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Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) serves 6.2 million licensed drivers and ID card holders with over 7.8 million registered vehicles. DMV also serves a wide array of businesses, including dealers, fuels tax customers, rental companies, driving schools, other state agencies, local governments and non-profit organizations.

DMV’s responsibilities include vehicle titling and registration, driver licensing and maintenance of driver and vehicle records. The agency also collects Virginia’s fuel tax, monitors the state’s trucking industry and serves as Virginia’s Highway Safety Office. In addition, DMV effectively enforces motoring and transportation-related tax laws, and efficiently collects and distributes transportation-related revenues.

DMV operates 75 customer service centers, five mobile customer service centers, 53 DMV Select offices, 13 permanent motor carrier service centers (weigh stations), 13 mobile weigh crews, a virtual customer contact center, automated telephone service, five DMV Connect teams, and a website that offers more than 40 transactions.

Department of Rail and Public Transportation

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The Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is the Commonwealth’s advocate for promoting multi-modal transportation options to the general public, businesses, and community decision makers. DRPT supports both passenger and freight rail initiatives. The agency focuses on the movement of people and goods throughout the Commonwealth, with primary areas of activity including rail, public transportation, and commuter services. DRPT works with local, regional, state, and federal governments, as well as private entities to provide support for projects and programs.

There are more than a dozen railroad companies and services in Virginia, including Norfolk Southern, CSX, Amtrak, VRE, and nine shortline railroads.

DRPT’s partnership with the Port of Virginia provides the Commonwealth with a gateway to the global economy.

The agency supports over 41 transit services and 18 Transportation Demand Management agencies.

Virginia Department of Transportation

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The Virginia Department of Transportation plans, delivers, operates and maintains a transportation system that is safe, enables easy movement of people and goods, enhances the economy and improves our quality of life.

Virginia has the third-largest state-maintained highway system in the country, with a $5.41 billion total annual budget. VDOT is responsible for 57,867-miles of roads, bridges and tunnels.

Motor Vehicle Dealer Board

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The Motor Vehicle Dealer Board (MVDB) is dedicated to regulation and oversight of the new and used car and truck dealer industry. The Board’s responsibilities also include the licensing and regulatory responsibility for recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and trailer dealers from DMV to MVDB.

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority

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The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA), also known as ‘Virginia Space,’ promotes commercial space activity, economic development and aerospace research within the Commonwealth.

Virginia Space serves as a driver for Virginia’s Economy by providing safe, reliable, and responsive space Access at competitive prices, and secure facilities for testing of unmanned vehicles for integration into the National Air Space.

Virginia Space owns and operates the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and the MARS UMS Airfield.

Virginia Space aims to provide and is proud to offer full-service launch and drone testing facilities for commercial, government, scientific and academic users.

Virginia Port Authority

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Cargo moving through Virginia Port Authority’s world-class facilities is transported from and to markets around the globe, carrying the goods and supplies that manufacturers, corporations, and individual consumers use in their everyday lives. This cargo is moved by way of:

  • 6 Terminals
  • 1,864 acres
  • 19,885 L.F. of berth
  • Up to 50’ deep berths
  • 30 miles of on-dock rail

Virginia Port Authority’s deep water harbor–the deepest on the US East Coast–shelters the world’s largest naval base; a robust shipbuilding and repair industry; a thriving export coal trade and the sixth largest containerized cargo complex in the United States.

The Virginia Inland Port (VIP) is an intermodal container transfer facility in Front Royal, Virginia (Warren County) owned by the Virginia Port Authority. VIP is approximately 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. The terminal brings The Port of Virginia 220 miles closer to inland markets and enhances service to the Washington D.C. / Baltimore Metro Region by providing rail service to the terminals in Hampton Roads. VIP also consolidates and containerizes local cargo for export.

Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment 

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The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment encourages the coordination of multimodal and intermodal planning across the various transportation options within Virginia. Oversees the SMART SCALE program, which is an objective means for selecting and allocating capitol transportation improvements throughout the Commonwealth.

Office of Transportation Innovation

Virginia realizes that embracing innovation and coordinating technological advances across transportation agencies will provide efficiencies, economic synergy and a platform for harnessing research and emerging business technology in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Office of Transportation Innovation is a new office that resides within OIPI and will focus on coordinating innovation among the commonwealth’s transportation agencies including Aviation, DRPT, Virginia Space, the Virginia Port Authority, VDOT and DMV.

The office will work across Virginia’s multimodal transportation system to identify opportunities, coordinate research, and create an entrepreneurial environment within the transportation sector. Its work will include Connected Corridors, Data Analytics, Integrated Applications, and Unmanned Systems that span space, land, water and aviation.


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