Our Mid-Term Plan

VTrans provides critical guidance and information to help the Commonwealth Transportation Board 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.

Our Mid-Term Plan

VTrans provides critical guidance and information to help the Commonwealth Transportation Board 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.

What's in the VTrans Mid-Term Plan?

Based upon data-driven analyses and input from residents, businesses, and communities across the Commonwealth, the mid-term plan includes an analysis of economic issues and opportunities, an assessment of critical needs, and a blueprint of strategies to optimize transportation investments during the coming ten years.

Why update the Mid-Term Plan?

The CTB and transportation agencies use the mid-term plan as an essential reference for screening and selecting projects to be prioritized in the SMART SCALE program as well as agency business plans and funding of projects in the six-year transportation improvement plan.

What is the status of the Mid-term Needs identified in VTrans2040 and will they be used in this Needs identification process?

The Mid-term Needs identified in VTrans2040 (as part of the VMTP process) will be considered in the VTrans Needs identification process. However, as part of the VTrans Update, there will be an outreach process to all regions in the state, as well as new metrics and performance measures applied. The results of this outreach process and new performance metrics will modify the prior VTrans2040 Needs into a new set of Mid-term Needs that are based on this new input and information. The VTrans Needs framework will assess the State’s transportation Needs and will include a statewide assessment of Safety Needs.

What is the current Mid-term Needs update approach?

The current VTrans Mid-term Needs update approach is as follows:

  • Validate and build upon the Needs identified in VTrans2040, using the below travel markets.
    • Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS), which serve inter-regional travel.
    • Regional Networks (RN), which serve commuters, intra-regional, and local travel.
    • Urban Development Areas (UDA), which are designated by local governments and are intended to promote walkable development and traditional neighborhood design.
    • Safety
  • Tie the below performance measures to the VTrans Goals and Objectives.
    Performance measures are as follows: Congestion, Reliability, Accessibility, Safety, Preservation, and Modal Demand (Healthy Communities)
  • Introduce new/improved data sources and new measures in line with federal performance reporting requirements.
  • Coordinate with regional and local stakeholders to update Needs.
    • Stakeholders provide input on measures and thresholds for Needs identification.
    • Stakeholders provide input on any issues regarding Needs and data.

What is the time frame for the adoption of the Mid-term Needs?

The VTrans Team will update the VTrans Mid-term Needs during summer 2019, re-engage regions, and present findings during fall 2019. The draft list of Mid-term Needs requires approval of the CTB. The final approved list of Mid-term Needs will be published by the end of 2019.

For more information about Mid-term Needs, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions.