Mid-Term Needs

Transportation planning is a process of identifying existing and anticipated transportation issues and finding solutions in a responsible way. VTrans provides critical guidance and information to help the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and transportation agencies make decisions about investing in Virginia’s complex array of multimodal networks and services. A companion to the long-range element of VTrans, which focuses on ultimate desired outcomes, the Mid-term plan provides direction on the steps we can take over the next ten years toward achieving the overarching vision and goals.

Mid-Term Needs

Transportation planning is a process of identifying existing and anticipated transportation issues and finding solutions in a responsible way. VTrans provides critical guidance and information to help the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and transportation agencies make decisions about investing in Virginia’s complex array of multimodal networks and services. A companion to the long-range element of VTrans, which focuses on ultimate desired outcomes, the Mid-term plan provides direction on the steps we can take over the next ten years toward achieving the overarching vision and goals.

VTrans is developing a list of Mid-term Needs to address some of the most pressing transportation issues over the next 7-10 years. These Needs can be addressed by various transportation programs and funding from federal, state, and local sources.

Importance of VTrans Mid-term Needs

  • They serve as a screen for projects applying for consideration under SMART SCALE – a program focused on investing limited tax dollars in the right projects that meet the most critical transportation needs in Virginia.
  • They are one of the two options to quality for VDOT’s Revenue Sharing program.
  • They inform VDOT and DRPT’s project planning and development activities.

VTrans Travel Markets

  • 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.

Inputs for VTrans Mid-term Needs

  • VTrans Goals and Objectives: VTrans Goals and Objectives form the basis for VTrans performance measures.
  • 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.
  • Data: A performance measure is a numeric description of a transportation system’s performance or condition. Performance measures are based on data and tell a story about whether the Commonwealth is making progress towards the VTrans Vision, Goals, and objectives. The VTrans Update is using the performance measures outlined in the table below:

 

Mid-Term Needs Measures and Categories

  • Stakeholder Input: VTrans stakeholders include the public and local jurisdictions such as regional agencies, public transit operators, railroad owners, and others. The graphic below summarizes VTrans engagement and outreach efforts.
  • By the Numbers VTrans Feedback and Outreach as of August, 2019

    As part of the Needs Identification Process, OIPI staff conducted Regional Workshops with transportation planning stakeholders from around the Commonwealth. Comments received at these workshops, along with other feedback from public meetings and online, helped OIPI finalize the performance measures and thresholds used to identify Needs. The updates based on this feedback can be found in the document here.

VTrans Mid-term Needs Development Process

The following graphic outlines the VTrans development process:

PREPARATION
Step #2 February - May 2018 VTrans Lessons Learned Exercise
  • Interviews with 19 state agency staff
  • Review of 15 other state and regional long-range transportation plans
Step #3 June - August 2018 Develop an approach for VTrans update
  • CTB Briefings
ANALYSIS
Step #4
  • What transportation future is VTrans meant to encourage?
  • How should existing conditions be measured?
  • What travel, infrastructure, and modes should be included?
  • Do the measures identify meaningful variations in performance?
Step #7

13 Regional Workshops

  • Does the performance make sense in light of local and regional knowledge?
  • Are there gaps in the analysis?
  • How can the measures be improved?
Step #8

Documentation of changes to Mid-term Needs
Identification Methodology and thresholds

  • What level of performance generates a “Need”?
  • Would resolution of the needs help Virginia achieve the VTrans goals and objectives?
APPLICATION
Step #9

WE ARE HERE

  • Are Virginia’s most important transportation issues flagged as Needs?
  • Are there gaps?
Step #10
  • The CTB takes action.

Draft VTrans Mid-term Transportation Needs

The Draft Mid-term Transportation Needs have been compiled by VDOT Construction Districts and summary documents are available below. The Draft Needs are subject to change prior to finalization and action by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB). The documents include an Executive Summary outlining the Needs identification process, maps depicting the Draft Needs, as well as Appendices with maps showing performance measures data.

Next Steps

The CTB will review 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.

Looking for more specific information about VTrans? Find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page here: http://vtrans.org/get-involved/frequently-asked-questions