Franklin to lead OmniRide Commission for second year

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Margaret Franklin, who is elected to represent the Woodbridge District on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, will again this year lead the OmniRide Board of Commissioners.

Franklin retained her seat during the commission’s first meeting of the New Year.

Her reappointment comes as the transit agency has suspended services in the heavily populated eastern end of Prince William County, due to low ridership as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

OmniRide outlined the changes in a press release last month.

Service on three Express were suspended November 30. The routes had been experiencing extremely low ridership – in the single digits. These routes are suspended until further notice.

  • Dale City – Mark Center (D-400)
  • Lake Ridge – Mark Center (L-300)
  • Tysons (T)

Riders of those routes have been provided alternate commute options which can be viewed here or contact our Customer Service office.

Also under Franklin’s leadership, OmniRide in 2020 awarded a five-year, $25 million contract to Keolis to operate and maintain its bus fleet, ending a 17-year relationship with First Transit Services of America.

The OmniRide Commission, also known as the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, includes members from Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania counties, as well as the cities of Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Manassas Park.

A press release from OmniRide details her appointment, as well as five others that will serve on the OmniRide Commission’s Executive Committee.

Prince William County Supervisor Margaret Angela Franklin has been re-elected Chair of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) Board for 2021 and will lead an Executive Committee that for only the second time is comprised entirely of women.

Joining Franklin on the 2021 Executive Committee are:
Vice Chair Jeanette Rishell, Mayor of Manassas Park
Secretary Pamela Sebesky, Vice Mayor of the City of Manassas
Treasurer Deborah Frazier, a member  of the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors
At-Large  Member Andrea Bailey, a member of the Prince William County  Board of Supervisors
At-Large  Member Cindy Shelton, Vice-Chair of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors

The PRTC Board of Commissioners is responsible for overseeing OmniRide’s mobility services as well as Virginia Railway Express operations in the region. OmniRide operates commuter and local bus services, promotes ridesharing, and works with large employers to encourage alternatives to driving alone.

The PRTC Board typically meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the OmniRide Transit Center in Woodbridge. However, due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the Commissioners have been meeting virtually.  The public is welcome to view the meetings in real time or later at YouTube.com/PRTCtransit.

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