Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Sept. 18, 2014
REVISED DRAFT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM RELEASED FOR PUBLIC REVIEW
Program adjusted for project prioritization
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is adjusting the FY 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program to transition to the new prioritization process, referred to as House Bill 2, which was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The CTB will hold meetings around the state this fall to inform the public about the prioritization process and solicit input on transportation needs.
“Prioritization is a significant development in transportation because – for the first time – law requires a consistent and objective analysis to screen and score projects according to critical transportation needs,” said Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne. “This process will serve as a valuable tool for the CTB to select projects and be held accountable for their decisions. Prioritization will also make project selection more transparent because the process will be open to the public. They will know how the projects scored and the decisions behind the CTB’s project selections. Key factors behind project scorings include congestion mitigation, economic development, accessibility, safety and environmental quality. Simply put, prioritization is about funding the right projects that generate the greatest benefits for jobs, the economy and ultimately our quality of life.”
In preparation for the new process, $416 million has been removed from more than 60 projects in the existing program. These projects will go through the prioritization process because they meet the criteria as described by law under House Bill 2. The projects are not fully funded and had not completed the environmental and study phases through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Enough funding has been left on these projects to bring them to a logical stopping point. The rest of the allocated funding has been set aside for prioritization. The CTB will select projects for funding once they have been screened and scored through the prioritization process. The projects remain in the six-year program and could be selected for funding once they are scored.
Projects that are exempt from the prioritization process include pavement and bridge rehabilitation projects, revenue sharing projects, projects funded through the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads regional revenues, certain federal funding categories and improvements funded through secondary and urban formula funds.
Currently the prioritization process and how it will be administered is being developed. The CTB will use the process to select projects beginning July 2016.
The public can learn more about prioritization and provide input on projects to be included in the six-year program through the following ways:
- Attend one of the public meetings (see meeting schedule below)
- Visit http://www.virginiadot.org/2014fallmeetings to view the revised program and other meeting information.
- Mail comments on rail, public transportation and transportation demand management to Public Information Officer, DRPT, 600 E. Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or DRPTPR@drpt.Virginia.gov and on highway projects to Program Management Director, VDOT, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.gov.
Comments will be accepted until October 30, 2014.
Once the fall meetings conclude, public input will be taken into consideration and the final revised six-year program will go to the CTB for their formal approval in November.
There will be nine meetings held around the state during September and October. The meetings begin Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the state’s nine transportation districts. See list below for dates and locations.
Meeting schedule at each location:
5 p.m. - Local official briefing; 5:30 p.m. - Open house displays and general discussion, and; 6:30 p.m. - Moderated public meeting
Tuesday, September 23
Holiday Inn Downtown Lynchburg
601 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Thursday, September 25
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Wednesday, October 1
VDOT Central Office Auditorium
1221 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Thursday, October 2
Germanna Community College
Center for Workforce & Community Education
10000 Germanna Point Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Wednesday, October 8
Blue Ridge Community College
Plecker Center for Continuing Education
Box 80, One College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Thursday, October 9
Daniel Technology Center
Germanna Community College
18121 Technology Drive
Culpeper, VA 22701
Thursday, October 16
VDOT Northern Virginia District Office
Potomac Conference Room
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tuesday, October 21
Northside High School
6758 Northside High School Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
Wednesday, October 22
Holiday Inn Bristol Conference Center
3005 Linden Drive
Bristol, VA 24202
About the Six-Year Improvement Program
The program allocates funding to a wide range of projects, including road, bridges, sidewalks, bike paths, rail and transit improvements across the state over a period of six years. The program is updated every year and approved by the CTB to reflect the latest priorities and revenue forecast.
About the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB)
Appointed by the governor, the 18-member CTB establishes the administrative policies for Virginia's transportation system. The CTB allocates highway funding to specific projects, locates routes and provides funding for airports, seaports and public transportation. For specific meeting, times and locations, consult the meeting schedule.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.