VTrans

cargoWhat is VTrans?

VTrans is the long-range, statewide multimodal plan that lays out overarching vision and goals for transportation in the Commonwealth. It identifies transportation investment priorities and provides direction to transportation agencies on strategies and programs to be incorporated into their plans and programs.

The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment completed the most recent iteration of VTrans, VTrans2040. The Office led the effort to develop and implement the Statewide Transportation Needs Assessment process as part of the VTrans Multimodal Transportation Plan (VMTP). VMTP Needs can be found here 

The VMTP, along with the VTrans Vision Plan make up the overall statewide Transportation Plan, VTrans2040.  One of the key purposes of the needs assessment was to serve as a screen for projects applying for consideration under the SMART SCALE program prioritization process.  All projects submitted for the SMART SCALE program process must pass through an initial screening. This initial screening process is a critical component because it links the planning and programming processes to ensure the overarching transportation goals of the Board are advanced.

Please refer to the VTrans website to learn more.

Summary of Previous VTrans Updates

The VTrans2025 Report was completed in 2004, and the VTrans2035 Report was accepted by the CTB in December, 2009. The interim update of VTrans2035 (VTrans2035 Update) did not establish a new horizon year, nor did it include a fully updated analysis of anticipated long-range transportation needs. It focused on transforming the existing components of VTrans2035 into a new framework for linking system-wide performance evaluations to planning, policy development, and funding decisions. Using this “performance-based planning” framework, transportation agencies and decision-makers can use information about projected transportation needs with assessments of current system performance to develop cost-effective strategies that simultaneously address existing transportation needs and anticipated future conditions. 

Significant Corridors

As codified by law (S1398, 2009), the CoSS are designated by the CTB. The CTB also is charged with developing criteria for prioritizing the CoSS and conducting studies of the corridors. Recent legislation mandates that localities discuss local segments of the CoSS in comprehensive plan updates.

A full description of each CoSS and its multimodal elements is included in Chapter 3 of the VTrans2035 Report to the Governor and General Assembly.

Please refer to the VTrans website to learn more.