VMTP 2025 Needs Assessment



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VMTP 2025 Needs Assessment

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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:

  • Corridor of Statewide Significance (COSS) - Interregional travel market
  • Regional Networks - Intraregional travel market
  • Urban Development Areas (UDA) Local activity center market

For projects to advance under the district grant program, they must meet a need on:

  • A Corridor of Statewide Significance
  • A Regional Network
  • An Urban Development Area
  • A Statewide Safety Need

For projects to advance under the high priority projects program, they must meet a need on:

  • A Corridor of Statewide Significance
  • A Regional Network

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.

Map of Needs Assessment


Needs Assessment Methodology

More about the methodology used can be found HERE.  


Corridor of Statewide Significance Needs Assessment

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: 


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Regional Networks Needs Assessment

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:

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Urban Development Area Needs Assessment

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:


Statewide Safety Needs Assessment


Every five year Virginia identifies the critical safety factors for all users of public infrastructure and develops a Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) with actions to address engineering, enforcement, education and emergency response needs. The SHSP is a good starting point for all safety planning at the local and regional level.


The VTRANS statewide safety needs assessment consists of identifying the top  intersections and segments identified based on Potential for Safety Improvement (PSI), within each VDOT district. A PSI score is the number of crashes minus the predicted for that type of intersection or roadway and the traffic volumes. Below is a map and table of the safety needs: 


Hampton Roads
Northern Virginia


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