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ROANOKE VALLEY-
ALLEGHANY
REGIONAL
COMMISSION
FY 2007
Comprehensive
Work Program
Adopted April 27, 2006
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
FY 2007 Comprehensive Work Program
Table of Contents
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Overview ……………………………………………………………..
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Acronym Descriptions………………………………………………………………
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Service Area ………………………………………………………………
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Urban Transportation Projects ………………………………………………………
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Rural Transportation Projects ……………………………………………………………
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Ride Sharing /Alternative Transportation Projects…………………………………………….13
Economic Development Projects ……………………………………………………………..
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Environmental Projects ………………………………………………………..
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Community Development Projects………………………………………………………………
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Regional Support Activities ……………………………………………………………..
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Executive Director Planning Staff
Wayne G. Strickland Jake Gilmer, AICP, Regional Planner III
John Hull, Economic Resources Planner
Administrative Staff Mark McCaskill, AICP, Senior Planner
Olivia Dooley, Director of Finance Matt Miller, Director of Information Services
Jackie L. Pace, Office Manager Shane Sawyer, Regional Planner II
Eddie Wells, AICP, Senior Planner
Transportation Alternatives Coordinator
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OVERVIEW
The Annual Comprehensive Work Program is the basis for achieving the objectives and
strategies as outlined in the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commissionfs
Strategic Plan. The Commission strives to maximize its limited staff and resources by
developing a comprehensive work plan based on current needs and priorities of our
region.
This work program is a compilation of projects presented by local elected officials,
Commission members, the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
(RVAMPO) members, regional economic development-related organizations and staff.
The Commission and RVAMPO reviews and ranks projects according to importance to
the region. Projects are selected by balancing importance of the project to the region,
funding availability, staff time and other constraints to arrive at the projects. The intent is
to obtain the most benefit from the least direct cost to the local governments. Requests
not included in this yearfs work program are added to a list of potential projects for
future work programs. These potential projects may be included in next yearfs work
program if the need still exists and funding is available.
The work program is revised annually and may be amended as deemed necessary by
the member governments that we serve.
ACRONYM DESCRIPTIONS
ARC Appalachian Regional Commission
BCI Bicycle Compatibility Index
CDBG Community Development Block Grant
CTST Community Traffic Safety Team
DEQ Department of Environmental Quality
EAC Early Action Compact
EAP Early Action Plan
EMS Emergency Medical Services
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
FTA Federal Transit Administration
GIS Geographic Information System
GPS Global Positioning System
GRTC Greater Roanoke Transit Company
IFLOWS Integrated Flood Observing and Warning System
IMPLAN Impact Planning Software
ITE Institute of Transportation Engineers
ITS Intelligent Transportation System
LOCI Local Fiscal Impact Analysis
MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area
NEPA National Environmental Protection Act
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NWS National Weather Service
PL Planning funds (Virginia Department of Transportation)
RADAR Roanoke Area Dial a Ride
RFP Request for Proposal
RVARC Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (Cities of
Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt,
Craig, Franklin and Roanoke and Towns of Clifton Forge and
Vinton)
RVAMPO Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (Cities of
Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt and Roanoke,
Town of Vinton)
SPR State Planning Research funds (Virginia Department of Trans)
TAZ Transportation Analysis Zone
TDM Transportation Demand Management
TE Transportation Enhancement
TIP Transportation Improvement Program
TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load
VAPDC Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions
VDEM Virginia Department of Emergency Management
VDEQ Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
VDOT Virginia Department of Transportation
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URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Long-Range Transportation Planning
The primary tasks of the FY2007 long-range planning project are acquiring the 4-
step model software, train staff on its use, perform basic model runs, acquire
corridor simulation software, train staff on its use, evaluate management and
operations issues in the long-range planning process, finalize TAZ update
process, review scenario planning and conduct the annual Official Public
Meeting.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Mark McCaskill
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 1,001 hrs., FTA h 194 hrs.
Transportation Improvement Program
As required by federal planning regulations, the Transportation Improvement
Plan (TIP) for the Roanoke Valley area is a four-year program of highway, transit,
bicycle, pedestrian, safety and transportation enhancement projects receiving
federal funds. The TIP is updated every year and must be approved by the
RVAMPOfs policy board and the Governor of Virginia. Some major activities that
will be undertaken include amending the current TIP as needed, preparation of
the RVAMPO Self-Certification Statement and activities to assure that the
Statement is being followed, evaluation of TEALUS 4.0 software, development of
the 2007-10 TIP that complies with SAFETEA-LU provisions.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Regional Planner III
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 550 hrs., FTA -122 hrs.
Public ParticipationhEnvironmental Justice
Continue to find ways to incorporate Environmental Justice concerns in the long
range planning process using demographic data and detailed evaluation
methodologies. Update the Public Participation Process for the Long Range
Transportation Plan update to comply with SAFETEA-LU provisions, complete a
benefits and burdens framework, conduct focus groups and begin using the
computerized kiosk. Plan seminars and special events aimed at education and
outreach.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Transportation Alternatives Coordinator
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 434 hrs., FTA -135 hrs.
Ozone Early Action Plan Coordination
Coordination of transportation strategies to support the adopted Early Action
Plan (EAP) as it applies to the RVAMPOfs service area. The summer of 2005
was the first ozone season that comprises a gthree year rolling average which
will determine our compliance with the federal 8-hour ozone standard in 2007.
Staff will be responsible for communication of the Ozone Alert messaging and
educational outreach and providing bi-annual reports to DEQ.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Botetourt and
Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Transportation Alternatives Coordinator
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 300 hrs., FTA h 65 hrs.
Operations Management and Planning
Coordination of operations management and ITS using VDOTfs newly
constructed gSmart Travel Center . Information will be used in the next Long-
Range Transportation Update.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Regional Planner III
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 150 hrs., FTA h 50 hrs.
MPO Bylaws Review and Update
The 3C process requires a properly functioning MPO Policy Board. The purpose
of this element is to comprehensively review the current RVAMPO bylaws and
compare them with bylaws from similarly sized MPOs around the country. The
resulting recommended bylaws will touch on all elements of the policy board
including meeting schedule, officers, tenure, committees, use of technology in
voting etc.
Project Leader: Transportation Alternatives Coordinator
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 150 hrs.
Bikeway Plan Coordination
Staff will partner with local government planning and public works departments
and VDOT to facilitate bicycle accommodation implementation. Staff will also
work with local government stakeholders to review and consider amendments to
the bicycle plan on an annual basis.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Preparation for Valley Metro Ridership Survey
Staff will research current regulations and methods for conducting the required
ridership survey for the Greater Roanoke Transit Company. Staff will then
develop a survey instrument, test survey instrument and develop an execution
plan for survey that will be conducted in 2008.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Transportation Alternatives Coordinator
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: FTA h 139 hrs.
Emergency Evacuation Plan (Transportation Security)
Staff will coordinate with traffic officials, law enforcement, emergency
responders, local officials, hospital officials and others to develop an evacuation
plan that focuses on designating appropriate transportation routes and policies
that facilitate safe and orderly evacuation.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Regional Planner III
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 228 hrs., FTA h 25 hrs.
Freight Strategies Implementation
The continuing activities of this task will focus on two specific elements:
integrating freight into the long-range planning process and the continued
support of the freight advisory committee. Staff will work with local government
planners to advance the concept of freight villages and/or warehousing and
logistics zoning in local comprehensive and other plans. Staff will continue to
work with private sector representatives and chambers of commerce to support
the recently established gFreight Advisory Committee.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Mark McCaskill
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 100 hrs.
Safety Planning Phase II
Staff will attend the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board meetings for
coordination of common transportation safety related issues. Staff will conduct
specific transportation safety related studies and investigate the application of
the gSafe Routes to School Program .
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Regional Planner III
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 268 hrs., FTA h 10 hrs.
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General Technical Assistance & Technical Support Activities
RVARC staff will research, develop, maintain, and analyze data for use in a
variety of technical support and planning support activities. Work activities will
be organized around the following:
Technical Support Activities – travel time studies, turning movement counts
and other technical support activities as requested.
Transportation Enhancement Assistance h as requested by local
governments
General Technical Assistance h as requested by local governments
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Staff
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 338 hrs., FTA 75 hrs.
Transportation and Land Use Connection
Using parcel data, staff will highlight development and growth in 10-year
increments by examining the years buildings were constructed in the Roanoke
Valley. Aerial photography from 1970 to 2001 will be used to provide visual
examples of high growth areas. Aerial photography will be used to identify new
terrain road construction. The analysis will seek to identify the impact of road
construction upon land use. Staff will also begin to compile land use esnapshotsf
by saving and filing copies of parcel data at 5 year increments for comparison to
data to be released later. Census data aggregated for Cities of Roanoke and
Salem, the Counties of Bedford, Botetourt, and the Town of Vinton will be
compiled to show population growth for comparison to the parcel data. Staff will
relate the transportation/land use pattern to existing plans and evaluate future
impacts of patterns.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: John Hull
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 650 hrs.
Regional Greenway Plan Update Phase II
Transit Route Maps
Staff will update transit maps as requested by the Greater Roanoke Transit
Company or RADAR.
Localities served: City of Roanoke, City of Salem, County of Roanoke, Town of
Vinton
Project Leader: Matt Miller
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: FTA h 100 hrs.
Greater Roanoke Transit Company Financial Capacity Analysis
Staff will update the analysis of financial strengths and weaknesses and depict
GRTCfs future financial needs.
Localities served: City of Roanoke
Project Leader: Olivia Dooley
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: FTA h 100 hrs.
I-81 NEPA Process MPO Report
I-81 in Virginia is currently under a tiered NEPA process. A Tier 1 report was
recently published; however a Tier 2 report is required for the 1-81 corridor
within the RVAMPO Study Area Boundary. Staff will compile a report of issues
that the RVAMPO feels should be incorporated into the Tier 2 document. The
RVAMPO will publish the report and submit it as official RVAMPO feedback for
the NEPA process on I-81.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Mark McCaskill
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 130 hrs.
Neighborhood Transportation Corridors
As regional thoroughfares, such as routes 460 and 419 become more congested,
motorists are increasingly traveling through neighborhoods to a destination. This
element will identify neighborhood street systems, near regionally significant
thoroughfares, that have the potential to become a cut through for pass through
traffic. Staff will then recommend traffic calming measures that can be applied to
the selected routes for multiple future use scenarios chosen by the MPO.
Localities served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt
and Roanoke, Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL h 120 hrs.
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