About VTrans

Virginia's transportation system is a complex network of highways, streets, sidewalks, trails, rail corridors, transit systems, information systems, airports and runways, shipping ports and docks, intermodal connectors, and even a space port. This variety is the essence of a "multimodal" transportation system.

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About VTrans

Virginia's transportation system is a complex network of highways, streets, sidewalks, trails, rail corridors, transit systems, information systems, airports and runways, shipping ports and docks, intermodal connectors, and even a space port. This variety is the essence of a "multimodal" transportation system.

What Is VTrans?

VTrans is Virginia's multimodal transportation plan developed by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) every four years. VTrans lays out the overarching Vision and Goals for transportation in the Commonwealth, identifies transportation investment priorities, and provides direction on implementation strategies and programs to the CTB and to transportation agencies such as Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), as well as regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).

Why do we have a Statewide transportation plan?

VTrans is prepared to meet Federal requirements such as 23. U.S.C. 135, 49 CFR §5304, 49 U.S.C. 70202(e), 49 CFR § 266.15, and Commonwealth of Virginia's Code § 33.2-353.

Additionally, Virginia's transportation system serves residents, businesses, tourists and other visitors, all of whom have different needs and desires. Virginia's transportation providers are facing ever-increasing challenges to address growing demands for facilities and services with limited public funds.

Therefore, it is more important than ever to have a statewide transportation plan that identifies the most critical needs and cost-effective means to operate, maintain and improve the Commonwealth's transportation system.

Who develops VTrans?

Virginia General Assemly has entrusted CTB with the development of VTrans (§ 33.2-353). The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) uses the plan to guide critical investment decisions such as the Six Year Improvement Program, including the SMART SCALE funding program.

Monthly CTB meetings often include VTrans progress reports and discussions. They are open to the public and streamed live via the Web. More Information is available on the CTB Meeting Calendar.

The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) coordinates VTrans updates, working closely with partner transportation agencies.

Who Helps to Shape VTrans?

All Virginia residents and businesses are invited to be part of the VTrans development process! See the Get Involved section for more information about how you can share your ideas, concerns, and opinions about the future of Virginia's transportation system with OIPI and the CTB.

The VTrans Steering Committee (VSC), which includes key VDOT and DRPT staff members, meets with OIPI for monthly meetings and periodic working group sessions to help guide the work and outputs of the VTrans. Their hands-on engagement throughout the process encourages strong coordination among key agency departments and divisions to help ensure a successful VTrans outcome.

OIPI also discusses VTrans frequently throughout the year with local government and regional agency staff and elected officials at conferences and individual meetings with Virginia's 15 Metropolitan Planning Organizations and 21 Planning District Commissions.

Development Timeline

2019
April - May
May - June
July
August
September
October
October - November
December

Early 2020
Mid 2020
Late 2020

2021

April - May 2019

Host VTrans Open House meetings around the Commonwealth
Opportunity for public and agencies to attend VTrans Open House meetings

May - June 2019

Presentations of Mid-term Needs approach to MPO and PDC Technical Committees
Local and regional entities provide input on Mid-Term Needs approach
VTrans Update to CTB

July 2019

Develop draft performance measures for VTrans Mid-term Needs identification

August 2019

Regional Workshops: Present draft performance measures and initiate needs discussion
Local and regional entities provide input on performance measures and thresholds

September 2019

InteractVTrans comments received

October 2019

Draft Mid-Term Needs released for review and comment
Webinars to introduce Draft Mid-Term Needs to local and regional entities
CTB review of Draft Mid-Term Needs

October - November 2019

VTrans information available at Fall Transportation Meetings
Opportunity for public and agencies to attend Fall Transportation Meetings
CTB members review and provide direction on Draft Mid-Term Needs

Early December 2019

December CTB Meeting: CTB takes action on VTrans Vision, Goals, andObjectives, Mid-Term Needs Methodology, and list of Mid-term Needs.
Opportunity for public and agencies to Comment
CTB Action

Late December 2019

Publish final CTB-approved list of Mid-term Needs
Opportunity for public and agencies to comment

Early 2020

Prioritize Mid-term Needs
Identify Mid-term recommendations

Mid 2020

Long-term Needs Identification

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VTrans Task
Stakeholder Engagement
Commonweath Transportation Board (CTB) Engagement