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About VTrans2025

VTrans2025, the Commonwealth of Virginia's statewide long-range multi-modal transportation plan, has been developed by the Secretary of Transportation through the four state transportation modal agencies - Department of Aviation (DOAV), Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT), Port Authority (VPA), and the Department of Transportation (VDOT). A summary of transportation issues facing the Commonwealth and an evaluation of transportation policies was used to develop a first rate, well-balanced plan that reflects the interests of all parts of the Commonwealth.

 


VTrans2025 Regulations

Implementation of the Statewide Multi-modal Long-Range Transportation Plan is both a federal and state legislative requirement. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) establishes procedures for statewide transportation planning and the Code of Virginia directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to prepare a statewide transportation plan. The Commonwealth’s Statewide Multi-modal Long-Range Transportation Plan will fulfill the  requirements of both TEA-21 and the Code of Virginia.
 

The VTrans2025 final report was accomplished through three phases. Phase 1 involved setting the vision, goals, and objectives, conducting background research and analysis, and establishing the framework upon which the plan will be built. Subsequent work during Phase 2 involved the development of a Vision/Policy Plan that built upon the broad goals and objectives established in Phase 1 to include performance measures, an implementation plan, an inventory and evaluation of the existing system, a trend analysis, and an evaluation of policies, practices, and procedures that impact transportation. Phase 3 involved completion of the modal needs assessments, development of policy recommendations, strategies and identification of revenue and investment options to develop the final plan.
 

Development of VTrans2025 will continue to be a truly multi-modal effort, employing the expertise and experience of key representatives from each transportation area. Additionally, stakeholder involvement will continue to be a key element of the plan's implementation. This has been a major undertaking at a statewide level, and an excellent opportunity for all Virginians to participate in the development of the Commonwealth's future multi-modal transportation system.
 

Federal

In 1991, Congress enacted the Inter-modal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), which required each state to develop a statewide transportation plan that considered all modes and connections. In 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) reauthorized the provisions of ISTEA with some refinements. One of the key federal program requirements continued under TEA-21 is the statewide transportation planning process. TEA-21 identifies seven broad areas to be considered in the statewide planning process:
 

1. Support economic vitality by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency;
 

2. Increase the safety and security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;
 

3. Increase the accessibility and mobility options available to people and for freight;
 

4. Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, and improve quality of life;
 

5. Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight;
 

6. Promote efficient system management and operation; and
 

7. Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system.
 

In addition, TEA-21 requires a continuing, comprehensive, and multi-modal statewide transportation planning process, which involves Federal, state, and regional agencies, as well as the public.
 

State

During the 2000 legislative session, §33.1-23.03 of the Code of Virginia was amended to require the CTB to develop and update a statewide multi-modal transportation plan. The legislation requires presentation of the plan to the Governor and General Assembly on December 1, 2002, and every five years thereafter. The plan must contain a comprehensive review of statewide transportation needs and establish goals, objectives, and priorities covering a 20-year planning horizon. All modes of transportation must be considered and the plan must promote economic development, multi-modal connectivity, environmental quality, accessibility, and safety. 
 

House Bill 771 from the 2002 General Assembly session changes the schedule for the plan update and identifies several deliverables as part of the plan update.

 




 

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