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Virginia Surface Transportation Plan

What is the Virginia Surface Transportation Plan?

Developed jointly by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) through an integrated approach involving numerous statewide and regional transportation agencies, as well as key stakeholders and the general public, the Virginia Surface Transportation Plan (VSTP) serves as a blueprint for effective and sustainable statewide transportation investments, policies and planning initiatives during the coming decades.  Under the guidance of the Secretary of Transportation and consistent with the Governor’s Strategic Multimodal Plan, the VSTP provides recommendations for public transit, rail and highway projects, as well as facilities and programs that support carpooling bicycling, walking and other travel modes.

How does the VSTP Relate to Other State Policies and Plan?

The original 2035 VSTP was completed in 2010 and represented the first time in Virginia’s history that recommendations for all of the surface transportation modes were presented in one plan.  The 2035 VSTP Update was completed in April, 2013 and serves as a companion document to the 2035 VSTP.  It was developed in conjunction with the updates of Virginia’s multimodal policy plan, VTrans2035, and statewide modal plans for Highways, Rail and Transit/Transportation Demand Management.  These and other transportation agency modal plans are subsets of the VSTP and are also consistent with VTrans policy goals.

Drawing upon information developed for the modal plans, the VSTP Update provides overarching evaluations of current initiatives, assessments of critical needs and recommendations for projects, strategies and policies that meet existing and anticipated needs and achieve long-term goals for improving the performance of the surface transportation network.

How were the needs and recommendation identified?

VDOT analyzed the congestion, safety and reliability of the road network using quantitative measures of capacity, speed, crashes and travel time to identify areas of greatest need.  Key recommendations were identified and ranked based on advancing VTrans goals.  DRPT developed three scenarios to understand the funds that would be necessary to meet the backlog of transit vehicle replacement needs and what transit service improvements, expansions and new systems could be provided.  DRPT also identified rail needs based on system analysis and by collaborating with freight rail operators and passenger rail providers.  Both agencies incorporated public comments from a series of public meetings and virtual comment periods conducted in order to provide multiple venues to collect feedback.

How is the Virginia Surface Transportation Plan presented?

The 2035 VSTP and 2035 VSTP Update are both presented as a plan report and as an executive summary map.  The plan reports provide detailed information on recommendations and the methodology used.  The executive summary map provides a general overview of the report content and serves as a visual indicator for proposed recommendations.


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