Mid-Term Needs

Transportation planning is a process of identifying existing and anticipated transportation issues and finding solutions in a responsible way.

Mid-Term Needs

Transportation planning is a process of identifying existing and anticipated transportation issues and finding solutions in a responsible way.

As a bridge to Long-term Needs, the VTrans Mid-term Needs serve the purpose of identifying Needs that can be addressed by transportation funding programs such as SMART SCALE - a program focused on investing limited tax dollars in the right projects that meet the most critical transportation needs in Virginia.

VTrans Mid-term Needs serve as a screen for projects applying for consideration under the SMART SCALE program. A project application for funds from the High-Priority Projects Program (HPPP) or the District Grants Program (DGP) must meet an identified need in VTrans. This initial screening process is a critical component because it links the planning and programming processes to ensure the overarching transportation goals of the Commonwealth Transportation Board are advanced.

VTrans evaluates the Commonwealth’s transportation capacity and safety needs focused on the key travel markets outlined below.

Regional Networks highlighting Urban Development Areas and the Corridors of Statewide Significance.

It's important to note that the VTrans Needs identification process relies on a combination of stakeholder input and Needs measures. Mid-term Needs measures are being developed in alignment with the following VTrans Goals and will be used for identifying trends and making policy decisions.

Goals are as follows: Economic Competitiveness and Prosperity, Accessible and Connected Places, Safety for All Users, Proactive System Management, and Healthy Communities and Sustainable Transportation Communities.

Stakeholder input will be received at a series of Regional Workshops focused on VTrans Mid-term Needs during the summer of 2019. The Commonwealth Transportation Board will review the findings, as well as the draft list of Needs in the fall of 2019. The final CTB-approved list of Mid-term Needs will be published by the end of 2019 and will be utilized for the next round (Round 4) of SMART SCALE, for which the application intake will occur in 2020.