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March 25, 2022The Latest on Strategic Actions

In December 2021, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) adopted VTrans Strategic Actions. The status of the Strategic Actions will be updated to reflect the progress OIPI is making in collaboration with VDOT and DRPT.

Strategic Actions

VTrans Strategic Actions are identified based on the development of VTrans Vision, VTrans Mid-term Needs and Priorities, VTrans Long-term Risk & Opportunity Register, as well as the VTrans Freight Element. The Strategic Actions are initiatives that will help the Commonwealth achieve its transportation Vision, Goals and Objectives and may require the creation of new policies or modifications to existing policies.

Development of VTrans Strategic Actions

The approach to develop VTrans Strategic Actions include reliance on planning that is informed by VTrans stakeholders, including state-level partners and external partners such as MPOs, PDCs, and localities. The aim is to seek out gaps and/or new opportunities to make the transportation system better prepared for existing and potential challenges consistent with the CTB’s Vision. Available resources, timeframes, and feasibility will also be taken into account.

VTrans Strategic Actions relate to:

  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities
  • Developing stronger linkages between planning and programming
  • Ensuring consistency and improving transparency
  • Improving coordination between transportation and land use
  • Improving efficiency of multimodal and intermodal connections

2021 VTrans Strategic Actions

The 2021 Strategic Actions can be found below.


1: Collect data (e.g., right-of-way mapping, precipitation, roadway elevation, etc.) to accurately assess flooding risks for state- and locally-maintained roadways that can be used to identify funding needs and prioritize investment.
2: Develop policies, based on robust data collection and analysis, to ensure flooding risks are reflected in transportation asset life cycle and/or transportation project planning processes.
3: Collaborate with state/regional agencies to systematically identify solutions that facilitate consistent and systematic prioritization and support the allocation of state resources to address flooding risks.
4: Evaluate options to gather vehicle automation and capability data for the state’s registered vehicle fleet to develop a more complete and accurate assessment of risks and opportunities associated with automated vehicles.
5: Develop a roadmap for implementing foundational digital practices such as digital as-builts (DABs) and information management processes for capturing asset information for transportation infrastructure.
6: Evaluate and facilitate desirable deployment of vehicle-to-infrastructure communications along limited-access highways by the private sector.
7: Evaluate opportunities to provide access to the available real-time or up-to-date state transportation asset and operations data in digital formats for use by the public and industry partners to support autonomous vehicle deployment.
8: Identify and develop solutions to address barriers to the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure by the private sector.
9: Evaluate and establish sidewalk and curb management best practices for state-owned roadways and promote them for locality-owned roadways.
10: Formalize a process for comprehensive needs identification and prioritization for the § 33.2-372: Interstate Operations and Enhancement Program utilizing the transportation planning policies established by the CTB in VTrans.
11: Evaluate the performance of selected construction projects from the SMART SCALE, Interstate Operations and Enhancement Program, Virginia Highway Safety Improvement Program, and DRPT’s MERIT program to determine if the selected projects are providing the anticipated benefits and to support efforts to continue to improve project evaluation criteria and methods.
12: Establish a regular study cycle for Project Pipeline studies, as defined in the CTB Policy for the Prioritization of VTrans Mid-term Needs adopted in March 2021, to include solutions for the most up-to-date VTrans Priority 1 and 2 locations.
13: Evaluate the feasibility of and alternatives to a combined dashboard to monitor performance and delivery of projects and programs included in the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP).
14: Evaluate and, if feasible, integrate the remaining application‐based highway and transit capital funding programs and transit operating funding programs administered by OIPI, VDOT, and DRPT into the SMART PORTAL to provide one-stop access to state’s funding programs.
15: Identify and clarify roles and responsibilities of the state transportation agencies related to emerging areas such as curb management, shared mobility, drones, etc., to ensure greater focus.
16: To methodically address items in the 2021 VTrans Risk & Opportunity Register, formalize OIPI’s role in supporting and advising the CTB in the conduct of CTB business and developing a comprehensive transportation policy as required by 2.2-229.

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