VTrans is Virginia’s statewide transportation plan that lays out the overarching vision and goals for transportation in the Commonwealth.
It is developed by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB). VTrans plans for two planning horizons:
- Mid-term Planning (0–10 years): VTrans identifies transportation needs and investment priorities for SMART SCALE, VDOT Revenue Sharing, and advanced activities and project development per the Board policy.
- Long-term Planning (0–20+ years): VTrans focuses on preparing the Commonwealth’s transportation system for ongoing trends, challenges and opportunities.
The Mid-term planning process produces a set of location-based needs and priorities to help decision-makers identify locations for which to develop solutions. The result of the Long-term planning process is the development of strategies and new policies (or the modification of existing policies), which are compiled as VTrans Strategic Actions to provide direction to OIPI as well to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).
Purpose of Statewide Transportation Plan
Virginia’s transportation system serves residents, businesses, and visitors, all of whom have different transportation needs and desires. Virginia’s transportation providers are facing 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 and cost-effective means to operate, maintain and improve the Commonwealth’s transportation system.
VTrans-Related Statutory and Regulatory Requirements and Items
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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 discusses VTrans frequently throughout the year 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.
The development of VTrans is a collaborative process that relies on input and active participation from many agencies whose mission influences Statewide and regional transportation plans and investment decisions.
By working closely with its partners, OIPI seeks to align VTrans goals, priorities, and performance measures with those of State transportation agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local governments, and other organizations that can help to realize the Commonwealth's transportation vision.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
The Virginia Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates the state's roads, bridges and tunnels focusing on safety, enabling easy movement of people and goods, enhancing the economy and improving our quality of life.
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT)
The Department of Rail and Public Transportation supports the transportation of people and goods with programs for passenger and freight rail, public transit, carpooling and vanpooling. DRPT's mission is to facilitate and improve the mobility of the citizens of Virginia, promoting the efficient transport of goods and people in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner.
Other Agency Stakeholders
- Metropolitan Planning Organizations
- Planning District Commissions
- Other Regional Agencies
- Local Jurisdictions
- Transit Agencies
For More Information
- Program Updates: For information on recent VTrans developments and milestones, please visit the Program Updates page.
- Newsletters: To receive 3–4 yearly email newsletters and other major project updates please subscribe to our email list.
- 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