VTA Recognizes Tom Rust

June 1, 2015

The Virginia Transit Association (VTA) honored Delegate Tom Rust at its annual awards ceremony in Williamsburg, Virginia with the Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award in recognition of his efforts in support of transit. Rust also gave the ceremony’s keynote address, noting how, as a “roads” engineer, he came to appreciate the importance of transit for mobility options. 

As chairman of the Transportation Committee in the Virginia House of Delegates, Rust has been a leader in the advancement of public transportation and multimodal transportation solutions across the Commonwealth. He has been outspoken in his support of adequate funding for transit – even in the face of opposition. 

Rust has represented the 86th District in the Virginia House since 2002. He is a native Virginian and has resided in the town of Herndon, where he served as mayor for almost 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s in public works engineering from George Washington, and another master’s in urban and environmental planning from University of Virginia. He is a registered professional engineer and certified planner and serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of Pennoni Associates, a top engineering and design consulting firm. He also serves on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, and Dulles Corridor Rail Association. Having chosen not to run for re-election, Rust is concluding his legislative career this year.

A leader in the House, Rust has made a significant contribution to public transportation. Over the course of his career, his efforts have resulted in more transportation choices.