• Our Mission

    To be a regional leader in driving collaboration and strategy within our communities on issues that are critical to the economic growth, quality of life and sustainability of this region.

  • Planning

    The Regional Commission helps local governments address regionally significant issues with planning designed to enhance our region’s infrastructure, promote our region’s economic growth, and improve and sustain our region’s quality of life. 

  • Transportation

    The Regional Commission provides long-range transportation planning for the Roanoke Valley and rural localities within our region. Regionally coordinated approaches to planning and developing our region’s transportation infrastructure is central to the mobility of our citizens and supporting businesses that rely on logistics and supply chain management.

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Jul 11, 2019

The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) will two hold public hearings on amendments to the 1) Constrained Long-Range Multimodal Transportation Plan and 2) Transportation Improvement Program at the Policy Board meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Conference Room, 313 Luck Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016.

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Long-Range Plan

The Long-Range Plan guides the Roanoke Valley in creating a more efficient, responsive and environmentally-sensitive transportation system over the next 20+ years.  The plan examines transportation trends/issues and offers a list of specific projects for addressing the Roanoke Valley’s mobility needs.  It is updated every five years with amendments as needed in the years between.

The Long-Range Plan contains a list of projects that the RVTPO reasonably expects to be able to fund over the next 20 years, called the Financially Constrained List of Projects. It also includes a Vision List of Projects that the RVTPO would like to carry out should funding become available. Federal transportation funding programs require federally funded projects to be on the financially constrained list of projects. When needs or funding opportunities arise that weren’t planned for, or the timing or cost changes, the projects on the financially constrained list may need to change.

Details about projects proposed to be added, removed, or modified on the constrained & vision lists are available at this link.

Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Improvement Program is a four-year schedule of all federally-funded and regionally-significant transportation projects to be implemented in the RVTPO region.  It functions like a budget and projects can only be funded if they are consistent with the goals of the Long-Range Transportation Plan.  The Transportation Improvement Program is updated every three years with amendments as needed in the years between. The current Transportation Improvement Program is for fiscal years 2018 – 2021.

Projects proposed to be added to the Transportation Improvement Program:

List of projects



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Guide to Getting Around Roanoke Valley

Jun 05, 2019

There are many ways to get around the Roanoke Valley without a car. This guide explores  independent transportation options including buses and trolleys, transportation for people with disabilities, taxis, rideshare (Uber & Lyft), bikeshare (Zagster), rental bikes, and rental cars. Intercity bus, passenger rail, and air passenger services provide longer distance options.

Download the Guide To Getting Around Roanoke or visit 313 Luck Ave SW and get your copy today!

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Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Available for Public Comment

Apr 11, 2019

Roanoke, VA – The draft Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for public comment. The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission will hold public meetings where information about the region’s natural hazards, including mapping and plan drafts, will be on display. Citizens are encouraged to review them, ask questions and add their comments to the review process. A short overview presentation will be made at the start of the meeting.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that local governments, as a condition of receiving federal disaster mitigation funds, have a mitigation plan that; describes the process for identifying hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities, identifies and prioritizes mitigation actions, encourages the development of local mitigation, and provides technical support for those efforts. While the plan does not establish any legal requirements for the localities, it does provide a framework for natural hazard mitigation planning. The plan identifies hazards, establishes community goals/objectives, mitigation activities that are appropriate for the region, and addresses multiple hazards including flooding, severe weather, geologic hazards, and wildfires.

The planning area for the Hazard Mitigation Plan includes the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke; the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem; and the towns of Buchanan, Clifton Forge, Fincastle, Iron Gate, New Castle, Troutville, and Vinton. These are the same localities that participated in the 2006 and 2013 plans.

The meetings will be held on the following dates and locations. A short overview presentation will be made at the start of the open house and an hour later.

April 22, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, McCarthy Hall Room 509, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, 1000 Dabney Dr, Clifton Forge, VA 24422

April 24, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Roanoke Higher Education Center, Room 410, 108 North Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24016

More information about the plan is available at http://rvarc.org/community/hazard-mitigation/ .


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