Our Long-Term Plan

The Long-Term plan lays out a vision and guiding principles, supported by high-level goals and objectives. It provides a clear picture of desired outcomes and an overarching policy framework to guide the CTB and transportation agencies in developing plans and investment programs.

Our Long-Term Plan

The Long-Term plan lays out a vision and guiding principles, supported by high-level goals and objectives. It provides a clear picture of desired outcomes and an overarching policy framework to guide the CTB and transportation agencies in developing plans and investment programs.

What is in the Long-Term Plan?

The Long-Term plan addresses transportation-related needs, challenges, and opportunities that may arise over the coming decades. A complex array of constantly changing factors affects the mobility and accessibility of Virginia's residents and businesses, ranging from global and national trends in economic, environmental and technological realms to regional and local shifts in socio-economic and land development patterns. It is virtually impossible to predict precisely how these factors will evolve over time, so the long-term planning process involves analyzing potential scenarios that combine available data and stakeholder input. The resulting assessment of alternative futures and needs informs a set of long-term recommendations for updating the overarching goals and objectives.

Why update the Long-Term Plan?

The CTB and transportation agencies use the long-term plan as an essential policy reference for guiding the development of the VTrans Mid-Term Plan and agency business plans. Given the fast pace of changes in the many factors that influence mobility and accessibility, it is important to evaluate regularly the relevance of the long-term goals and objectives to critical evolutions and events. The overarching vision and guiding principles are generally stable over time, but the Commonwealth may need to shift the focus, emphasis, or strategic direction of its goals given changing economic, environmental, technological, and societal conditions.

What is in the VTrans2040 Long-Term Plan?

The VTrans2040 Long-Term Plan, titled the VTrans2040 Vision, was adopted by the CTB in December 2015. It was informed by detailed trend analyses and stakeholder input regarding transportation-related issues and opportunities associated with potential changes in catalytic factors such as major economic generators, freight movement, household characteristics, land development patterns, transportation technology, and the natural environment. Supporting reports for the Vision plan include analyses of trends in the Commonwealth's demography, economy, freight movement, commuting patterns, and overall mobility.