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Significant Corridors

What are the Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS)?

 

The CoSS were originally developed under VTrans2025 and validated during the VTrans2035 Update process. One new Corridor was recently added by the CTB (Northern Virginia North-South CoSS).
Corridors identified as CoSS demonstrate all of the following characteristics:
 

  • Multiple modes and/or an extended freight corridor,
  • Connection among regions, states and/or major activity centers,
  • High volume of travel, and
  • Unique statewide function and/or fulfillment of statewide goal
     

As codified by law (S1398, 2009), the CoSS are designated by the CTB. The CTB also is charged with developing criteria for prioritizing the CoSS and conducting studies of the corridors. Recent legislation mandates that localities discuss local segments of the CoSS in comprehensive plan updates.
The major modal components of the twelve Corridors are briefly described in the table below. A full description of each CoSS and its multimodal elements is included in Chapter 3 of the VTrans2035 Report to the Governor and General Assembly.  

 

Corridors of Statewide Significance


 

Corridors of Statewide Significance

Corridor Major Components

Coastal Corridor 
(Route 17)
Route 17, Local Transit Services, Port of Virginia, Port of Richmond, Rappahannock River, Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor, Norfolk Southern Coal Corridor, CSX National Gateway Corridor, CSX Coal Corridor, Amtrak, Norfolk International Airport, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
Crescent Corridor 
(I-81)
I-81, Route 11, I-381, I-581, Local Transit Services, Virginia Inland Port, Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor, Short Line Railroads, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Roanoke Regional Airport
East-West Corridor
(I-64)
I-64, Routes 250, 60 and 11, I-664, I-564, I-264, I-464, Local Transit Services, Port of Virginia, Port of Richmond, James River, York River, CSX Coal Corridor, Norfolk Southern Coal Corridor, Amtrak, Norfolk International Airport, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, Richmond International Airport, Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport
Eastern Shore Corridor (Route 13) Route 13, Local Transit Services, Port of Virginia, Bay Coast Railroad and Barge, Norfolk Southern, CSX, Amtrak, Norfolk International Airport, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
Heartland Corridor
(US 460)
Route 460, Coalfields Expressway, Local Transit Services, Port of Virginia, James River, Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor, Elliston International, Norfolk International Airport, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, Richmond International Airport, Lynchburg Regional Airport, Roanoke Regional Airport
North Carolina to WV Corridor (Route 220) Route 220, Local Transit Services, Norfolk Southern, Roanoke Regional Airport
North – South Corridor (new) Route 234, Local Transit Services, Prince William County Parkway, Washington Dulles International Airport
Northern Virginia Corridor (I-66)  I-66, Routes 50 and 55, WMATA Orange Line, Virginia Railway Express, Amtrak, Local Transit Services, Virginia Inland Port, Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor, Washington Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Seminole Corridor
(Route 29)
Routes 29, 50 and 28, WMATA Orange Line, Virginia Railway Express, Local Transit Services, Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor, Amtrak, Washington Dulles International Airport, Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, Lynchburg Regional Airport
Southside Corridor
(Route 58)
Route 58, Local Transit Services, Port of Virginia, CSX National Gateway, Norfolk International Airport, Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport
Washington to NC Corridor
(I-95)
I-95. I-395, I-495, I-85, I-195, I-295, Routes 1 and 301, WMATA Blue and Yellow Lines, Local Transit Services, Virginia Railway Express, Ports of Alexandria and Richmond, James River, CSX National Gateway Corridor, Amtrak, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Richmond International Airport
Western Mountain Corridor
(I-77)
I-77, Local Transit Service, Routes 52 and 11

 

CoSS Modifications 

 

 

Corridor Master Plan (CMP)
 

The Commonwealth of Virginia has identified a set of Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS).  The Corridors are broadly drawn and include multimodal facilities, including highways, transit services, port facilities, and airports.  House Bill 2019, adopted in 2009, requires that the Commonwealth’s long-range transportation plan (VTRANS) set forth an assessment of needs for all CoSS and that all modes of travel be considered.  As part of those assessments, the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment conducts Corridor Master Planning studies. These studies start by unifying the CTB’s vision for each Corridor, the VTrans goals, and local goals.  These master plans aim to provide a set of recommendations for the Corridor or Corridor segment. They seek to document existing plans related to the corridor, project future multimodal travel conditions, identify corridor needs based on technical analysis, and present recommendations for how the corridor or corridor segment should be improved in the future.


The designated Corridors differ with respect to their geography, their physical and operational conditions, and their level of past and recent planning.  In some cases, meeting the goals of HB 2019 will call for very comprehensive studies; in others, more focused or limited studies to supplement work already performed will be appropriate and sufficient.


Regardless of the level of new effort required, each corridor is addressed according to comparable standards.  At a minimum, the CoSS CMPs are designed to provide a multimodal statewide perspective to guide localities in their land use and transportation plans. The CoSS plans are designed to provide sufficient detail to help ensure that local governments can accurately reflect the proper level of detail in local comprehensive plans.

 

Completed Corridor Master Plans
 

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