VTrans is Virginia's Transportation Plan. It is prepared for the Commonwealth Transportation Board by the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment.

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.

Major Components of VTrans

1. CTB's Vision, Guiding Principles, Goals and Objectives2. Mid-term Needs Identification and Prioritization3. Long-term Risk & Opportunity Register4. Strategic Actions


The first critical piece is CTB'sVision, goals, and objectives. These goals and objectives inform the identification and prioritization of transportation needs.


CTB has established a policy to identify and prioritize transportation needs, known as Mid-term Needs (0 - 10 years). The identified Mid-term Needs are used to screen funding applications for the SMART SCALE program and prioritize funding requests received for the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Revenue Sharing Program. CTB has also 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.


CTB has also established a 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.


Finally, the fourth pillar is a set of strategic actions adopted by the CTB. These actions inform business plans developed by OIPI, VDOT, and the Department of Rail and Public. OIPI monitors and provides annual updates on the identified actions.

Importance of VTrans

Virginia's transportation system and service providers face ever-increasing challenges to address growing demands for transportation facilities and services with limited public funds. Therefore, it is more important than ever to have a statewide transportation plan that identifies the most critical needs to direct limited transportation dollars while preparing the Commonwealth to make the most of future opportunities and be prepared for long-term risks.

VTrans-Related Statutory and Regulatory Requirements and Items

The components also help Virginia meet 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. Use the filter controls below to search for a specific VTrans-related statutory or regulatory requirement or item. Search for a specific keyword or by a category such as year.


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Role of the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment

The Virginia General Assembly has entrusted the CTB with the development of VTrans (§ 33.2-353). The CTB is assisted by the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) that works with partner agencies at the statewide, regional, and local level.

OIPI collaborates with VDOT and DRPT staff members that meet with OIPI to help guide the work and outputs of the VTrans. Their hands-on engagement throughout the process encourages strong coordination among key agency departments and divisions to help ensure a successful VTrans outcome.

OIPI also actively works with local government and regional agency staff and elected officials at conferences and individual meetings with Virginia’s 15 Metropolitan Planning Organizations and 21 Planning District Commissions.

For More Information

  • Program Updates: For information on recent VTrans developments and milestones, please visit the Program Updates page.
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  • Frequently Asked Questions: Looking for more specific information about VTrans? Find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page here: http://vtrans.org/get-involved/frequently-asked-questions