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The commonwealth’s statewide long-range plan, VTrans, provides a blueprint of Virginia's transportation future.


What is VTrans?

VTrans is the long-range, statewide multimodal policy 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 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. Rather, 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.

The most recent iteration of VTrans, VTrans2040, is currently underway. The VTrans2040 Vision document is being drafted at this time and will be available for review in the near future. The VTrans2040 Multimodal Transportation Plan (VMTP, formerly the VSTP) is in the scoping phases and will be kicked-off soon as well. 

Why Do We Have A Statewide Transportation Plan?

Virginia’s transportation system is a complex network of highways, sidewalks, trails, rail corridors, transit systems, information systems, airports and runways, shipping ports and docks, intermodal connectors, and even a space port. This variety is the essence of a “multimodal” transportation system.   The multimodal transportation system serves residents, businesses, tourists and other visitors, all of whom have different needs and desires.  Virginia’s transportation providers are facing ever-increasing challenges to address growing demands for facilities and services with limited public funds. Consequently, it is more important than ever to identify the most critical needs and cost-effective means to operate, maintain and improve the Commonwealth’s transportation systems.


Timeline of VTrans Efforts:



Virginia Surface Transportation Plan


Developed jointly by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) through an integrated approach involving numerous statewide and regional transportation agencies, as well as key stakeholders and the general public, the Virginia Surface Transportation Plan (VSTP) serves as a blueprint for effective and sustainable statewide transportation investments, policies and planning initiatives during the coming decades.

What is the Virginia Surface Transportation Plan?


Under the guidance of the Secretary of Transportation and consistent with the Governor’s Strategic Multimodal Plan, the VSTP provides recommendations for public transit, rail and highway projects, as well as facilities and programs that support carpooling bicycling, walking and other travel modes.

How does the VSTP Relate to Other State Policies and Plan?

The original 2035 VSTP was completed in 2010 and represented the first time in Virginia’s history that recommendations for all of the surface transportation modes were presented in one plan.  The 2035 VSTP Update was completed in April, 2013 and serves as a companion document to the 2035 VSTP.  It was developed in conjunction with the updates of Virginia’s multimodal policy plan, VTrans2035, and statewide modal plans for Highways, Rail and Transit/Transportation Demand Management.  These and other transportation agency modal plans are subsets of the VSTP and are also consistent with VTrans policy goals.

Drawing upon information developed for the modal plans, the VSTP Update provides overarching evaluations of current initiatives, assessments of critical needs and recommendations for projects, strategies and policies that meet existing and anticipated needs and achieve long-term goals for improving the performance of the surface transportation network.

How were the needs and recommendation identified?

VDOT analyzed the congestion, safety and reliability of the road network using quantitative measures of capacity, speed, crashes and travel time to identify areas of greatest need.  Key recommendations were identified and ranked based on advancing VTrans goals.  DRPT developed three scenarios to understand the funds that would be necessary to meet the backlog of transit vehicle replacement needs and what transit service improvements, expansions and new systems could be provided.  DRPT also identified rail needs based on system analysis and by collaborating with freight rail operators and passenger rail providers.  Both agencies incorporated public comments from a series of public meetings and virtual comment periods conducted in order to provide multiple venues to collect feedback.

How is the Virginia Surface Transportation Plan presented?

The 2035 VSTP and 2035 VSTP Update are both presented as a plan report and as an executive summary map.  The plan reports provide detailed information on recommendations and the methodology used.  The executive summary map provides a general overview of the report content and serves as a visual indicator for proposed recommendations.


2013 Virginia Multimodal Freight Plan

Virginia Multimodal Freight Plan: An Addendum to VTrans2035 Update - Now Available (PDF, 10 MB)  >> 

The Virginia Multimodal Freight Plan is the Commonwealth’s strategy to improve goods movement on its highway, rail, waterborne, and aviation system.  The efficient movement of freight is critically important to the Commonwealth’s economy—to support industries located in Virginia, and to sustain national commerce that moves over its transportation system.  The purpose of the Freight Plan is establish the vision, goals, and priority actions to facilitate goods movement statewide. The Plan accomplishes the following:  


  • Introduces the major freight trends and issues in the Commonwealth;
  • Summarizes the Commonwealth’s recent freight transportation planning efforts;
  • Shows how Virginia meets Federal guidelines for statewide freight plans encouraged by the most recent surface transportation law:  Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21);
  • Describes the relationship between statewide transportation goals and freight-specific investment priorities and investment strategies to improve goods movement in Virginia;
  • Identifies Key Performance Indicators to track progress toward achieving the investment strategies, the investment priorities that they influence, and the overall systemwide goals;
  • Summarizes recent outreach efforts to engage public agencies and freight stakeholders in the development of the plan; and
  • Organizes and supplements the Virginia Multimodal Freight Study to identify freight transportation needs throughout the Commonwealth Virginia Multimodal Freight Plan Draft Final with appendices (Nov. 1, 2013)


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