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September 26, 2022The Latest on About VTrans

VTrans has four major elements: (1) Vision and Goals; (2) Mid-term Needs and Priorities; (3) Long-term Needs; and, (4) Strategic Actions.

About VTrans

VTrans is Virginia's statewide transportation plan. It is prepared for the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) by the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI). VTrans lays out the overarching vision and goals for transportation in the Commonwealth and plans to achieve those goals.

VTrans Focus Areas

Pillars representing the focus areas of VTrans


The CTB's Vision, goals, and objectivesinform the identification and prioritization of transportation needs.


The CTB’s identified Mid-term Needs (0 - 10 years) are used to screen funding applications for the SMART SCALE program and prioritize funding requests received for VDOT's Revenue Sharing Program. The CTB has established prioritized locations based on the identified Mid-term Needs. OIPI, VDOT, and DRPT, in collaboration with local and regional partners, develop solutions for Priority 1 and 2 locations.


The CTB policy to develop and monitor a Long-term Risk & Opportunity Register which identifies uncertainties facing the transportation system into the future (20+ years) based on a trends analysis. The 2021 VTrans Risk & Opportunity Register has 19 items that require monitoring.


The CTB's strategic actions inform business plans that are developed by OIPI, VDOT, and DRPT. OIPI monitors and provides annual updates on the identified actions.

Previous VTrans Updates

The first VTrans plan was adopted in 2004. The CTB has adopted a series of policies to ensure VTrans remains relevant and informative for decision-making purposes. Final deliverables produced for each plan update are included below:

VTrans2035 Update

VTrans Fast Facts

VTrans is an expansive planning effort that includes planning for mid-term (0-10 years) and long-term (20+ years).

List of Fast Facts

Did You Know?

VTrans utilizes over 200 million data points to identify Virginia’s transportation needs, reduce congestion, improve travel time reliability, and enhance access to employment centers. Learn more.

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VTrans identifies priority locations with the greatest need for the entire state and each of the nine VDOT construction districts. Learn more.

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VTrans analyzes statewide freight movements by commodity type, mode, and tonnage/value. The Freight Element also identifies truck bottlenecks, corridors with safety risks, and analyzes truck delay and reliability. Learn more.

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VTrans develops a long-term transportation risk and opportunity register to prepare for four Megatrends: climate, technological advancements, changing consumption patterns, and socio-demographic changes. Learn more.

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In 2019, 60% of jobs in Goochland County could be completed remotely.

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In 2020, Virginia’s annual port volume reached nearly 2.9 million TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent units).

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Northern Virginia Construction District, which encompasses Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties, is projected to make up nearly 50 percent of Virginia’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM jobs by 2045.

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By 2045, nearly 3,000 directional miles of roadway could be impacted by inland-riverine flooding in VDOT’s Bristol Construction District.

VTrans-Related Statutory and Regulatory Requirements Items

VTrans addresses Federal requirements such as 23. U.S.C. 135, 49 CFR §5304, 49 U.S.C. 70202(e), 49 CFR § 266.15, as well as Code of Virginia § 33.2-353.

This technical memorandum documents statutory and regulatory requirements as well as other items related to VTrans. Please use the filter controls below to search for a specific VTrans-related statutory or regulatory provision.


Filtered results below:

23 U.S.C § 135: Requirements related to Statewide and nonmetropolitan transportation planning
49 U.S.C § 5304: Requirements related to Statewide and nonmetropolitan transportation planning
23 CFR § 450.216: Development and content of the long-range statewide transportation plan
23 CFR § 450.226: Phase-in of new requirements
23 CFR § 450.206: Requirements related to scope of the statewide and nonmetropolitan transportation planning process
23 CFR § 450.208: Coordination of planning process activities
23 U.S.C. § 119: Requirements related to State Asset Management Plan
49 U.S.C. § 5326: Requirements related to Transit Asset Management
49 U.S.C. § 70202: Requirements related to Statewide Freight Plans
49 U.S.C. § 22705: Requirements for content to be included in State Rail Plans
49 CFR § 266.15: Requirements for Statewide Rail Plan
49 U.S.C. § 5303: Metropolitan transportation planning
23 U.S.C. § 150: FHWA National goals and performance management measures
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-353: Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop and update Statewide Transportation Plan
Va. Code Ann. § 15.2-2223: Comprehensive plan to be prepared and adopted; scope and purpose
Va. Code Ann. § 15.2-2232: Legal status of plan
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-214: Transportation; Six-Year Improvement Program
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-214.1: Statewide prioritization process for project selection
Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-229: Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment of the Secretary of Transportation
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-354: Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop and update Statewide Pedestrian Policy
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-355: Goals for addressing transportation needs of populations with limited mobility
Va. Code Ann. § 15.2-2222.1: Coordination of state and local transportation planning
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-357: Revenue-sharing funds for systems in certain localities
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-370: High-priority projects program
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-371: Highway construction district grant programs
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-1004: Plans for acquisition of rights-of-way.
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-3201: Transportation planning duties and responsibilities of Metropolitan planning organizations
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-2605: Annual budget and allocation of expenses [HRTAC]
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-214.2 : Transportation projects; resiliency
Va. Code Ann. § 33.2-372: Interstate Operations And Enhancement Program
Budget Item 447.10 #1c: 2021 Transportation Funding Initiative
CTB Policy : Approval of the VTrans Implementation Plan (2011)
CTB Policy: VTrans2040 Virginia’s Statewide Multimodal Long-Range Transportation Plan Vision Plan and Needs Assessments (2015)
CTB Policy: Approval of VTrans Implementation Plan (2018)
CTB Policy: Actions to Approve the 2019 VTrans Vision, Goals, Objectives, Guiding Principles and the 2019 Mid-term Needs Identification Methodology and Accept the 2019 Mid-term Needs (2020)
CTB Policy: Adoption of Updated Policy for Implementation of the SMART SCALE Project Prioritization Process (2020)
CTB Policy: Actions to Approve the Policy for the Prioritization of the VTrans Mid-Term Transportation Needs and Accept the Prioritized 2019 VTrans Mid-term Needs (2021)
CTB Policy: Virginia’s Statewide Multimodal Long-Range Transportation Plan (2009)
CTB Policy: Northern Virginia North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance (2011)
CTB Policy: Establishes the policy for the development and monitoring of VTrans Long-term Risk & Opportunity Register; adopts 2021 VTrans Strategic Actions (2021)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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