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.

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

Legend

VTrans Task
Stakeholder Engagement
Commonweath Transportation Board (CTB) Engagement