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Policies and Statutory Requirements Relevant to VTrans

There are several policies, statutory, and regulatory requirements that guide and inform VTrans. These requirements have changed over the years. OIPI’s Statewide Transportation Planning (STP) section conducts biennial review to remain up to date.

Key Requirements

At the federal level, VTrans addresses the requirement to develop a statewide transportation plan 23 CFR § 450.216 and to develop a state freight plan 49 U.S.C. § 70202.

At the state level, there are several transportation planning requirements or related items in the Code of Virginia that are addressed by VTrans. Some of the key requirements are:

  • Develop and Update Statewide Transportation Plan § 33.2-353: OIPI to assist the CTB in the development and update of a statewide transportation plan.
  • The Role of OIPI § 2.2-229: OIPI is to assist the CTB in the development of a comprehensive, multimodal transportation policy, which may be developed as part of the Statewide Transportation Plan pursuant to § 33.2-353.
  • Statewide Prioritization Process for Project Selection § 33.2-214.1: Projects and strategies shall be screened by the CTB to determine whether they are consistent with the assessment of capacity needs in VTrans.
  • Eligibility for Revenue-sharing Funds § 33.2-357: Board assigns second priority to transportation needs identified in VTrans.

List of VTrans-Related Statutory and Regulatory Requirements Items

This technical memorandum documents statutory and regulatory requirements as well as other items related to VTrans.

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