Metropolitan Planning Organization

2/6/2017 - Public Comments Needed for the Draft VTrans 2025 Recommendations

Please see the message below from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.  A survey is available now through March 1st to comment on draft VTrans 2025 recommendations.  This link provides the most straight-forward overview of the content most in our area would be interested in:

http://www.vtrans2040.com/Documents/ConstructionDistricts/Salem/PresentationBoards_Salem.pdf 
 
After reviewing the proposed need descriptions, utilize the link below to submit your suggestions.

Sincerely,
 
Elijah N. Sharp
Deputy Executive Director, NRVRC

540-639-9313 ext. 210


Dear Interested Citizen,
 
The movement of people and goods is important for Virginia’s vitality and competitiveness.  As we plan for a pipeline of short-range improvements to 2025, we are also scenario planning for 2040.  We need to understand your ideas and concerns regarding transportation planning across our state.
 
Every four years, the Code of Virginia directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board, with assistance from the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI), to conduct a comprehensive review of transportation needs in a Statewide Transportation Plan – VTrans. The development of VTrans2040 was initiated in spring 2014. The 2025 Virginia Multimodal Transportation Plan (VMTP) is part of the overall VTrans plan.  As part of the development of the VMTP, a comprehensive statewide needs assessment was completed.  The VMTP Needs Assessment includes multimodal transportation capacity and operations needs at three travel market scales and included a statewide assessment of safety needs.   
 
The assessment led to draft 2025 Recommendations as follows:

Over 800 statewide needs identified in the Needs Assessment were consolidated across travel markets,

The resulting 170 total consolidated needs statewide were evaluated and divided into 3 Tiers,

Tiering was completed by combining a data-driven “criticality assessment” of the consolidated Needs with an outreach process in which regional and local stakeholders and the public correlated each Need with VTrans goals and the importance and urgency of each Need to individual regions, and

The resulting Tiered 2025 Needs were shared with the public in the CTB Fall 2016 Public Meetings

The Tier 1 needs were compared to existing plans and programs to identify projects to meet the needs, and in some cases, new project ideas also were drafted.

The Draft 2025 Recommendations for Tier 1 needs are currently being presented to all MPO and/or PDC regions in Virginia.  All the materials from these meetings are available at:

http://www.vtrans2040.com/Pages/Recommendations.aspx

Since this is the first time VTrans has included project-level recommendations in a Multimodal Transportation Plan, we are eager to receive feedback on the Tier 1 needs that address the VTrans Vision, Goals, Objectives and Guiding Principles (found here).
 
Please share your comments on the Draft 2025 recommendations using this survey:

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VMTP2025 (A link is also provided on the vtrans2040.com page).  

The survey will take about ten minutes to complete.
 
Comments will be gathered through March 1, 2017.
 
Thank you in advance - your feedback is very valuable to this process!
 
  
Jay Lindsey | Statewide Multimodal Transportation Planner
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
Office: (804) 371-4057 | Cell: (804) 239-8599
 



 



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