OIPI is leading the effort to develop and implement the Statewide Transportation Needs Assessment process as part of the VTrans Multimodal Transportation Plan (VMTP). The VMTP, along with the VTrans Vision Plan make up the overall statewide Transportation Plan, VTrans2040. One of the key purposes of the Needs Assessment is to serve as a screen for projects applying for consideration under the HB2 prioritization process. All projects submitted for the HB2 process must pass through an initial screening process. This initial screening process is a critical component because it links the planning and programming processes to ensure the overarching transportation goals of the Board are advanced. If a project does not meet the capacity and operations needs or the safety needs under the Transportation Needs Assessment of VTrans2040, it cannot move forward in the HB2 process. The Transportation Needs Assessment will assess the State’s transportation needs at three scales, and will include a statewide assessment of safety needs:
For projects to advance under the district grant program, they must meet a need on:
For projects to advance under the high priority projects program, they must meet a need on:
HB2 requires that every project clearly state if the proposed investment best fits a capacity need on one of the three established geographic scales and which scale it fits, or if it best meets a statewide safety need. This geographic designation will determine which transportation needs apply to the proposal. The draft Needs Assessment for each geographic scale, or travel market, provides the basis for these connections to be made in the HB2 project applications.
More about the methodology used can be found HERE.
CoSS are those facilities and services which comprise the multimodal network connecting major centers of activity (RNs and UDAs) and accommodate inter-city travel between these centers as well as interstate traffic. Due to the nature of such long distance travel, the primary considerations for the assessment of needs within CoSS are mobility and safety. Accessibility within RNs and UDAs will be captured in their respective needs assessments.
Below are the full needs assessment reports for each of the Corridors of Statewide Significance in PDF:
Regional Networks refer to multimodal networks that facilitate intra-regional travel within urbanized areas. They fill in a gap between Corridors of Statewide Significance that serve statewide objectives, and UDAs which serve local objectives. Regional Networks is a new concept introduced in VTrans2040, and Transportation Needs for Regional Networks will focus on economic competiveness in a region and the transportation network needed to support each region’s economic future.
Below are the needs assessment maps and tables, organized by region in PDF:
The General Assembly in §15.2-2223.1 established Urban Development Areas (UDAs) as a mechanism to assist with the coordination of transportation and land use planning, to encourage infill development, and to help reduce public costs related to the provision of services by focusing development in areas with existing infrastructure. In 2012, the legislation was amended to make the designation of UDAs voluntary across all localities and to include a more flexible definition. UDAs can be any area designated by a locality in their comprehensive plan for focused growth that incorporates the principles of Traditional Neighborhood Development. Traditional Neighborhood Development embodies classic characteristics of traditional communities such as:
VDOT’s Transportation Efficient Land Use and Design Guide provides examples of these principles in real places in Virginia and lists tangible economic and quality of life benefits resulting from these design approaches.
DRPT’s Multimodal System Design Guidelines provides guidance on transit and complete street applications in different multimodal corridors and centers in Virginia.
The two factsheets provided below include an overview of the history and characteristics of these places in Virginia and a summary of the general findings of the 2025 Needs Assessment.
The map and summary matrix below includes all UDAs and all similar designated growth areas (DGAs) that were consistent with §15.2-2223.1 per localities’ board resolutions or comprehensive plan amendments as of October 1, 2015.
The interactive map provides a snapshot of information based on designated locations as of October 1, 2015. OIPI plans to update the map and associated profiles regularly to reflect locality comprehensive plan updates and amendments.
Each location within the map includes some basic information you may view by clicking on the location - including the name, locality, VDOT district, and location id (which corresponds to the id on the summary table and on each profile).
The UDA needs assessment is locally driven at the individual UDA or DGA level, supported by local planning information and socioeconomic data to help organize and communicate needs to stakeholders and the public. This approach relies on input from local planners. Below are the needs assessment profiles for UDAs and eligible DGAs organized by VDOT District:
The statewide safety needs assessment consists of identifying the top 100 intersections and segments identified based on PSI, Potential for Safety Improvement, within each VDOT district. A PSI score is the number of serious or fatal crashes minus the predicted rate for that type/volume roadway. The top 100 intersections and top 100 segments from each VDOT district were included and will be used as the safety needs. Below is a map and table of the safety needs: