Mid-term Needs

Transportation planning is a process of identifying existing and anticipated transportation issues and finding solutions in a responsible way. VTrans provides critical guidance and information to help the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and transportation agencies make decisions about investing in Virginia’s complex array of multimodal networks and services. A companion to the long-range element of VTrans, which focuses on ultimate desired outcomes, the Mid-term plan provides direction on the steps we can take over the next ten years toward achieving the overarching vision and goals.

Mid-term Needs

Transportation planning is a process of identifying existing and anticipated transportation issues and finding solutions in a responsible way. VTrans provides critical guidance and information to help the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and transportation agencies make decisions about investing in Virginia’s complex array of multimodal networks and services. A companion to the long-range element of VTrans, which focuses on ultimate desired outcomes, the Mid-term plan provides direction on the steps we can take over the next ten years toward achieving the overarching vision and goals.

VTrans Needs

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The Mid-term Needs serve as the guide for addressing the most pressing transportation issues over the next 7-10 years. These Needs can be addressed by various transportation programs and funding from federal, state, and local sources.

Importance of the 2019 Update of the VTrans Mid-term Needs

  • They serve as a screen for projects applying for consideration under SMART SCALE – a program focused on investing limited tax dollars in the right projects that meet the most critical transportation needs in Virginia.
  • They receive priority consideration in VDOT’s Revenue Sharing program.
  • They inform VDOT and DRPT’s project planning and development activities.

VTrans Travel Markets

  • VTrans evaluates the Commonwealth’s transportation capacity and safety Needs focused on the key travel markets outlined below.

Regional Networks highlighting Urban Development Areas and the Corridors of Statewide Significance.

Inputs for VTrans Mid-term Needs

  • VTrans Goals and Objectives: VTrans Goals and Objectives form the basis for VTrans performance measures.
  • Goals are as follows: Economic Competitiveness and Prosperity, Accessible and Connected Places, Safety for All Users, Proactive System Management, and Healthy Communities and Sustainable Transportation Communities.
  • Data: A performance measure is a numeric description of a transportation system’s performance or condition. Performance measures are based on data and tell a story about whether the Commonwealth is making progress towards the VTrans Vision, Goals, and Objectives. To identify Mid-term Needs, the 2019 VTrans Update is relying on the performance measures outlined in the table below:

 

Mid-Term Needs Measures and Categories

  • Stakeholder Input: VTrans stakeholders include the public and local jurisdictions such as regional agencies, public transit operators, railroad owners, and others. The graphic below summarizes VTrans engagement and outreach efforts.

By the Numbers VTrans Feedback and Outreach as of August, 2019

As part of the Needs Identification Process, OIPI staff conducted Regional Workshops with transportation planning stakeholders from around the Commonwealth. Comments received at these workshops, along with other feedback from public meetings and online, helped OIPI finalize the performance measures and thresholds used to identify Mid-term Needs. The updates based on this feedback can be found in the document here.

2019 Update of the VTrans Mid-term Needs Development Process

The following graphic outlines the VTrans development process:

PREPARATION
Step #2 February - May 2018 VTrans Lessons Learned Exercise
  • Interviews with 19 state agency staff
  • Review of 15 other state and regional long-range transportation plans
Step #3 June - August 2018 Develop an approach for VTrans update
  • CTB Briefings
ANALYSIS
Step #4
  • What transportation future is VTrans meant to encourage?
  • How should existing conditions be measured?
  • What travel, infrastructure, and modes should be included?
  • Do the measures identify meaningful variations in performance?
Step #7
Step #8
  • Documentation of changes to Mid-term Needs Identification Methodology and thresholds
  • What level of performance generates a “Need”?
  • Would resolution of the needs help Virginia achieve the VTrans goals and objectives?


2019 Update of the VTrans Mid-term Needs

The VTrans Mid-term Needs can be accessed by three different methods:

Option 1: The 2019 Update of the VTrans Mid-term Needs are compiled by VDOT Construction Districts and documented in an Executive Summary and Methodology report. Each Executive Summary document includes maps depicting the Mid-term Needs, whereas each Methodology report includes maps depicting results of the underlying performance measures used to identify the Mid-term Needs. These reports are available below.

Option 2: The 2019 Update of VTrans Mid-term Needs are available as an ArcGIS Map Package, which includes a description of the Needs data. To access these materials, download the following zip file:

Option 3: The 2019 Update of the VTrans Mid-term Needs are available on InteractVTrans, an interactive mapping application developed as a tool for public and stakeholder feedback and for accessing VTrans related data.

Next Steps

The final CTB-approved list of Mid-term Needs will be utilized for Round 4 of SMART SCALE, for which the application intake will occur in 2020. The Needs will also inform decisions regarding VDOT’s Revenue Sharing funding program, and will serve as a resource for plans and programs developed by VDOT, DRPT, and Virginia’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

During 2020, OIPI will continue with the following tasks:

  • Developing a tiering structure for the Mid-term Needs to highlight the most urgent and important Needs.
  • Establishing new performance indicators and measures that can be used to ascertain progress toward the VTrans Vision.
  • Considering long range issues and trends associated with technological, financial, demographic, and environmental trends and disruptions; these analyses will guide VTrans Long-term Needs.

As needed, OIPI will modify the adopted Mid-term Needs to reflect changes in the transportation system that may affect the data or assumptions used to develop them.

Frequently Asked Questions

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