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

VTrans Travel Markets

VTrans evaluates the Commonwealth’s transportation capacity and safety needs focused on key travel markets.

Background

Consistent with Virginia State Code § 33.2-353, VTrans evaluates three distinct travel markets: Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS), Regional Networks (RN), and Urban Development Areas (UDAs). Additionally, per the policy adopted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), VTrans also identifies statewide safety needs.

Importance of VTrans Travel Markets

Each travel market is associated with unique characteristics, system users, and travel patterns.

Number

12

Definition

An integrated, multimodal network of transportation facilities that connect major centers of activity within and through the Commonwealth and promote the movement of people and goods essential to the economic prosperity of the state. These corridors include highways, rail lines, seaports, and airport facilities.​

Travel Purpose

Inter-regional and interstate travel​

Established

December 17, 2009 - 11 CoSS established as part of VTrans2035​

May 18, 2011 - 12th corridor added​

Characteristics

  1. Multimodal - must involve multiple modes of travel or must be an extended freight corridor​​
  2. Connectivity - must connect regions, states, and/or major activity centers​
  3. High volume - must involve a high volume of travel​
  4. Function - must provide a unique statewide function and/or address statewide goals
Number

15

Definition

Based on designated Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) within the Commonwealth. If an MPO boundary includes only a portion of a county, the entire county will be included in the needs analysis area.

Travel Purpose

Intra-regional travel (travel within a region)​

Established

December 9, 2015

Characteristics
  1. At least 50,000 people across the space of at least two jurisdictions
  2. Per 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) Five-year Estimate, 87% of Virginia’s population is in the 15 RNs.​​
Urban Development Areas (UDAs)
Number

230, including pending (as of November 2019)​

Definition

Designated growth areas based on local initiatives pursuant to § 15.2-2223.1​

Purpose

To the extent possible, to direct federal, state and local transportation, housing, water and sewer facility, economic development, and other public infrastructure funding or efficient transportation infrastructure.​​

Established

Ongoing, per local government designation in Comprehensive Plan​

UDA Factsheet

Industrial and Economic Development Areas (IEDAs)
Number

535 (as of November 2019)​

Definition

Locally-identified industrial and economic development sites pursuant to § 2.2-2238 and consistent with Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)’s Business Ready Sites Program (VBRSP) ​

Purpose

To the extent possible, to direct federal, state and local transportation, housing, water and sewer facility, economic development, and other public infrastructure funding for efficient transportation infrastructure.​​​

Established

Ongoing​

Number

n/a

Definition

Safety analysis for the entire roadway network in the Commonwealth​

Purpose

Improve roadway safety per Board’s Goals​

Established

2015

Characteristics

Risk and evidence based safety assessment

By The Numbers

Explore VTrans Travel Markets

Explore the map viewer below for additional information on the VTrans Travel Markets. There are two tabs:

  • The “Corridors of Statewide Significance” tab displays the CTB designated primary and secondary Corridors of Statewide Significance.
  • The “Regional Networks & Urban Development Areas” tab displays polygon areas for Regional Networks, Urban Development Areas and Industrial and Economic Development Areas.
  • Clicking each layer will display additional details about the VTrans Travel Markets.
Basemaps

Interactive map intended for larger browser screens

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for more answers to specific questions about VTrans Travel Markets? Find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page here: https://vtrans.org/get-involved/frequently-asked-questions.