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NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON AMENDMENT TO THE FY 2015-2018 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Jun 27, 2016

TIP 15-18 COVER PAGE--FINALNotice is hereby given that the public is extended an opportunity to review and comment on an amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2015-2018 for the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO).  New projects funded in the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s Six-Year Improvement Program, will be considered for amendment into the TIP.  The TIP development process satisfies the requirements for public participation in the development and adoption of the Transit Program of Projects.

The public comment period will be in effect for no fewer than 30 days from the publication of this notice.  An official “Public Hearing” on the Amendment to the TIP will be held at the July 28, 2016 meeting of the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization at 1:00 p.m. at the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission office located at 313 Luck Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. Said “Public Hearing” will be duly advertised according to applicable laws.

If you would like to view, request or seek further information on the TIP Amendment, please visit www.rvarc.org or contact Bryan Hill, Ph: 540-343-4417, Fax: 540-343-4416 or E-mail: bhill@rvarc.org.  Hearing impaired persons can call 711 for access.

The RVTPO fully complies with Title VI of the Civic Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.  For more information, or to obtain a Discrimination Complaint Form, see http://rvarc.org/transportation/title-vi-and-ada-notices/ or call 540-343-4417.

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What is in a name? Environmental Justice (EJ) may not mean exactly what you think it does!

Jun 16, 2016
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Maps provided by Allison Homer

Environmental Justice (EJ) has a slightly misleading name.  It is more of a social justice and fairness concept.  It does have a connection to the physical environment through emphasizing that traditionally underrepresented communities, low-income and minority communities, should not be adversely affected by disproportionate exposure to pollution, or other adverse impacts, from transportation projects.  However, the central meaning behind EJ is more about not disrupting the social fabric, cohesion and development of traditionally underrepresented communities.  Disruption could occur by separating communities with large thoroughfare transportation projects that don’t directly serve the communities and may serve as barriers.  At its core EJ seeks to learn from the mistakes of the “Urban Renewal” era of the 1960s and 70s in which vibrant and successful urban neighborhoods were divided by freeways and highways subsequently harming the economic health and social fabric of the neighborhoods.  More information about the official history of the EJ concept with its origins in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Orders 12898 and 13166 in the late 90s and early 2000s can be found in the RVTPO Title VI, Environmental Justice and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan.

EJ concepts extend beyond the planning phase through the project development, engineering and construction phases.  For our purposes as a federally recognized Metropolitan Planning Organization (We go by the name Transportation Planning Organization in our region), EJ concepts will primarily be implemented at two separate levels:

  • In the long-range plan at the planning level to the financially constrained list of projects; and,
  • When RVTPO implements long-range plan by applying for SMART SCALE High Priority funding  (the Virginia Prioritization and Programming system) over successive application cycles.  SMART SCALE is the effective link between the long-range transportation plan and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

These two levels, separated in time, allow us to use a “canary in the coal mine” approach in the long-range plan. The EJ Framework will primarily identify red flags and screen out any patently inappropriate projects from the long-range plan. Later, before projects are actually applied for in SMART SCALE, we can use the framework again, in a more robust manner, to modify the scope of the SMART SCALE application to address any additional EJ concerns that arise.

In order to evaluate EJ impacts, both positive and negative, we will use our new EJ Benefits and Burdens Framework that was developed for the RVTPO  in the form of a Master Degree Thesis by Allison Homer at Virginia Tech.  We are fortunate to have this up-to-date framework that can incorporate new tools such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s EJSCREEN and go beyond these tools for a robust planning level implementation of EJ concepts.  Please look forward to more news on the applying EJ through the new Constrained Long-Range Multimodal Transportation Plan 2040 in the coming months.

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Roanoke Valley Transit Vision Plan- Now Available for Review

May 12, 2016
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See what the future of regional transit could look like in the Roanoke Valley Transit Vision Plan.

After much citizen input, a vision for how transit should develop over the next 25 years has been established as outlined in the Roanoke Valley Transit Vision Plan(draft).  Citizens young and old and from throughout our region have come together to envision what public transportation should look like in the years to come.

Today and thru May Friday, May 27, we are asking for our Citizens to review the plan and provide any remaining input. We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing role that our Citizens have played in this process and ask for their ongoing feedback.

Review the Roanoke Valley Transit Vision Plan by Friday, May 27.

Submit feedback to Cristina Finch at cfinch@rvarc.org

 

 

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