The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 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 Vision 2040. RVTPO is updating the TIP and would like to know what you think of the proposed projects.
The Federal Team reviewing the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization wants to hear from YOU. However, due to the COVID-19 emergency, the public meeting has been cancelled.
Please provide your input through the survey link below.
The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) is responsible for planning the Roanoke Valley’s future transportation system and programming funds to fulfill that vision. The RVTPO’s work is primarily funded by the federal government which reviews regulatory compliance every four years. The Federal Team will consider public input to assess the quality, effectiveness, and any areas of concern on the RVTPO’s performance-based multimodal transportation planning and programming process.
The RVTPO and the Federal Team appreciate your input!
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The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) administers the region’s Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding program which provides approximately $5 million/year for transportation improvements in the RVTPO region. In September, the RVTPO received 13 new funding requests:
Botetourt County – Route 220 Superstreet and Access Management – ($924,000)
GRTC – New Downtown Transit Transfer Center – Real-time Transit Passenger Information (RTPI) Project – ($400,000)
City of Roanoke – Aviation Drive / Valley View Blvd Pedestrian Improvements ($2,513,437)
City of Roanoke – Greenway Connection – Riverland Road ($1,198,410 )
City of Roanoke – Roanoke River Greenway – East ( $835,000 )
Roanoke County – Route 419 Streetscape Improvements, Phase 2 (Starkey Rd. to Ogden Rd.) – ($1,505,438)
Roanoke County – Oak Grove Streetscape Improvements – ($216,748)
Roanoke County – Ogden Road Multimodal Improvements Scoping – ($80,000)
Roanoke County – Old Cave Spring Road Intersection Improvements – ($2,861,756)
Roanoke County – Orange Market Park and Ride/Parking Lot Improvements – ($343,573)
Roanoke County – Valleypointe Parkway Realignment – ($5,352,108)
Town of Vinton – Glade Creek Greenway Phase 3 Engineering Study and Design Plans, 2022 – ($144,442.50)
Town of Vinton – Gus Nicks Boulevard Pedestrian/Bicycle Crossing, 2021 – ($169,650)
The RVTPO Policy Board is reviewing these funding requests along with the needs of currently funded STBG projects; a draft investment plan is expected to be available for public input in early 2020. The Policy Board will be approving transportation project investments in the spring 2020. More information about the STBG program may be found online at rvarc.org/stbg.
In the FY20 RVARC Work Program, Franklin and Roanoke Counties made similar requests for housing market studies. Roanoke County sought to study the greater Roanoke Valley. As such, staff has applied for funding through the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) for a Community Impact grant to fund a Regional Housing Market Analysis Study. The anticipated outcome is to identify housing needs and demands for housing based upon current and future economic development needs.
The study area will include the Counties of Franklin and Roanoke (incorporating the Towns of Boones Mill, Rocky Mount, and Vinton respectively) and the Cities of Roanoke and Salem. The study will also reference findings from two market studies performed in Botetourt County and the Alleghany Highlands.
The goals of the study are to:
Develop a document that identifies housing needs and provides both a region wide and locality-specific market analysis.
Analyze commuter and residential patterns.
Incorporate results and findings from recently performed housing studies in Botetourt County, Village of Ferrum (Franklin County), Route 419 Town Center Plan Residential Analysis (Roanoke County), and the Alleghany Highlands portion of the region.
Create economic development opportunities by providing strategies to address housing concerns.
Develop regional and locality-specific recommendations that address local housing needs and encourage private investment.
Engage stakeholders to determine local housing needs and identify potential opportunities and partners to address and identify needs.
On February 12th, staff issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a consultant to perform the study. The deadline for proposals was Friday, February 28th. Upon funding from VHDA, a consultant will be selected and a regional stakeholder group will meet periodically during the study process to review the consultant’s progress.
Here is a link to the RFP. For more information, contact Bryan Hill at 343-4417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Regional Commission is updating the 2006 Rural Bikeway Plan. Last week, Commission staff held two public input meetings, one at Just the Right Gear in Catawba and the other at Jack Mason’s Brewing in Clifton Forge, to capture cyclist’s preferred routes and chief concerns in the study area. This Friday, the public will get one more chance to chime in on this phase of the plan. Visit Downshift in downtown Roanoke from 5pm to 7 pm on Friday, January 31st to let us know what on-road routes you cycle in the rural service area!
Modern technology has revolutionized our ability to define and objectively measure traffic congestion. Using “big data” collected from GPS-equipped vehicles and smart phone apps, we can literally see where traffic congestion occurs, how long it lasts, and how often. The traffic congestion metric that the Roanoke Valley uses is Planning Time Index.
Click on the image to see how Planning Time Index changes throughout the day.
Analysis of this data shows that the Roanoke Valley traffic congestion is not widespread, does not last a long time, and does not occur very often. Four corridors may be at risk of performing poorly:
Input from locality staff, freight logistics managers, and the public guided this update.
Locality staff attended a Congestion Workshop on November 6, 2019.
The Land Use focus group discussed how local government can guide or nudge land use through the permitting process to manage traffic congestion while promoting economic growth.
The Transportation Demand Management focus group discussed the efforts of RIDE Solutions, the local transportation demand management organization that promotes carpooling, transit, and bicycle and pedestrian travel.
The Performance Measures focus group discussed technical details about monitoring traffic congestion regionally and at specific locations.
Freight logistics managers provided input through individual interviews about how traffic congestion affects freight movement.
A survey collected input from 304 participants who provided 527 comments.
On behalf of the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization, RVARC staff have published a State of Transportation for the Roanoke Valley report which details the current status of various facets of the regional multimodal transportation system. Download the report HERE or find it online at rvarc.org/plans-and-studies.
On Thursday, November 14th, the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission hosted their 50th Anniversary Celebration. The dinner was attended by Commissioners, Staff, and their families, and representatives of partner organizations.
The Regional Commission would like to take this opportunity to thank our 11-member governments, various stakeholders and the citizens of the region for their continued support over the years.
Follow this link to view a slideshow of the Regional Commission throughout the years.
Have you had a chance to take our survey about the idea of a shuttle service to McAfee Knob? Time is running out! The survey will close on December 15th – this Sunday.
McAfee Knob is one of the most photographed spots in the Roanoke Valley, receiving thousands of visitors every year.The Virginia Department of Transportation is working with the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club to install a pedestrian bridge across Route 311, a busy roadway which separates the trailhead parking lot from the trail to the McAfee Knob peak. This project will reduce parking spaces during construction, but will ultimately protect your safety. We’re not expecting long-term parking impacts at this time, but construction will take nine to twelve months. At this time construction is expected to start in 2023.
As part of this project, the Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission is reaching out to collect information about how you learned about McAfee Knob. We’re also looking at alternative ways to help you reach the trailhead during construction.