Traversing Northern Virginia is fairly simple until you start factoring in D.C. and Maryland. In NoVA, there are multiple public transportation options, airports, commuter trains and buses, slug lines, highways and byways.
The Nellis group has put together some of these options to better familiarize newcomers with our transportation system and options.
DCA- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is, along with Washington Dulles International Airport, part of a two-airport system that provides domestic and international air service for the Washington DC metropolitan and surrounding regions. Both Airports have been managed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) since 1987 when Congress transferred them to the Authority under a long-term lease authorized by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Act of 1986.
Primarily serving as a "short-haul" airport, Reagan National offers nonstop service to destinations no further than a 1,250-mile perimeter from Washington, D.C. as part of the federally-instituted "Perimeter Rule." Over the years, the federal government has granted exceptions to this rule, allowing daily flights to several cities beyond the perimeter, including Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland (Oregon,) San Diego, and Austin.
The "slot rule" was created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1969 at five high-density airports to reduce congestion and spur growth at other nearby airports. Reagan National's slot rule limits the number of landings and takeoffs to 62 per hour. Federal legislation in 2000, 2003, and 2012 added 24, 22, and 8 new slots.
IAD- Washington Dulles International Airport:
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located in Chantilly, Virginia, on 12,000 acres outside of Washington, DC. The Main Terminal opened in 1962 and was designed by architect Eero Saarinen. Dulles is a major hub for domestic and international air travel with a mixture of legacy and low fare carriers that provide air service throughout the world. Flights operate from midfield concourses A, B, C, and D, and from Z-gates connected to the Main Terminal. The airport has invested in its infrastructure through a major capital program, including two parking garages, a new airport traffic control tower, expanded B-gates, a new fourth runway, an AeroTrain people mover system, and an expanded International Arrivals Building. The airport is connected to the region's highway system via an Authority-operated, 16-mile Airport Access Highway dedicated to airport users. A 23-mile expansion of the region's Metrorail system that includes a station at Dulles is under construction.