The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization has TWO opportunities right now for public input on transportation investments: The Transportation Improvement Program (opportunity to comment and a public hearing) and the Surface Transportation Block Grant for Route 460 projects (a survey and a public hearing).
Transportation Improvement Program
Having previously collected public input on the Roanoke Valley’s priority transportation investments worth $208 million in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2021-2024, the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) will hold a public hearing on the TIP on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm during the Policy Board online meeting. Details on how to participate will be available in the agenda when it is posted one week before the meeting. Review the complete draft TIP here and comment here by June 18, 2020.
Surface Transportation Block Grant for Route 460 projects
Take the STBG Survey by June 18, 2020 or read more about it below first. In addition to the survey, there will be a public hearing Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm during the Policy Board online meeting. Details on how to participate in the online meeting will be available in the agenda when it is posted one week before the meeting.
The RVTPO urgentlyneeds public input on committing $5 million in regional funds anticipated in 2027 for five projects on Route 460! This commitment could bring up to $20 million into the region in additional funds.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) completed the Route 460 Operational Improvement Study with extensive public input, and developed key projects that will improve traffic flow and safety on this critical corridor. VDOT will be providing more information and seeking public comment on these key projects, but the RVTPO urgently needs public input NOW on committing $5 million in regional funds to these projects in order to bring up to $20 million additional funds to the region.
The RVTPO receives about $5 million/year regional funding through the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program to directly select and fund transportation projects in the Roanoke Valley, a small portion of the local, state, and federal funds that support transportation projects. The RVTPO recently obtained public input on projects submitted for STBG funding through 2026.
The City of Roanoke and Roanoke County seek a commitment of STBG funds anticipated in 2027 to leverage Route 460 applications for SMART SCALE funding, which is due soon. They request 20% of the estimated project cost to leverage the remaining 80% from SMART SCALE. STBG funds would be committed conditionally upon receiving SMART SCALE funding, but if the projects do not receive funding the STBG funds are no longer committed. The total requested STBG funds is $5 million (one year’s worth) and could potentially leverage $20 million in SMART SCALE funds to the region.
Before making the decision to conditionally commit STBG funds and make these applications more competitive in SMART SCALE, the RVTPO seeks public input, with the limited information available, on whether these Route 460 projects are good investments for the region.
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.
The Roanoke Valley doesn’t have much severe traffic congestion – and we want to keep it that way! Take the survey here.
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:
Another corridor that may be at risk is Gus Nicks Boulevard / Washington Avenue, but travel time data is not available.
Input from locality staff, freight logistics managers, and the public guides 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 will be launched to collect public input.
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.
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.
Left to right: Tiffany, Dr. Eck, Rachel, and Garrett
RVARC staff and volunteers learned about the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) during a workshop from the University of Virginia Transportation Technical Academy. PROWAG ensure that all people can navigate safely on foot in the public right-of-way.
Rachel Ruhlen felt the training would enhance the bike/walk/disability audits that the Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee has been doing with locality staff. During these audits, locality staff are always impressed watching Garrett Brumfield, a committee member, or Tiffany Lee, a volunteer, navigate the sidewalk and streets in their wheelchairs, or blind volunteers find their way around using sound and touch. The audits often turn up simple repairs that can make a big difference to a person with vision or mobility impairment.
RVARC sent Rachel, Garrett, and Tiffany to the workshop to learn PROWAG, the best practices for accessibility, developed by the US Department of Justice Access Board.
Mohamed Dumbuya, Title VI Coordinator and Civil Rights Program Manager for the Virginia Division of the Federal Highway Administration, gave a Title VI training to 23 people representing 12 agencies on February 27, 2019. Metropolitan planning organizations like the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) that receive federal transportation funds and must have a Title VI process to ensure compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its related authorities (executive orders, related legislation, court decisions, and other regulations).
Roanoke, like many cities, used urban renewal in an unfair and discriminatory manner, with consequences that are still felt today. These practices prompted the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other legislation throughout the decades. Another change since the days of urban renewal is the creation of metropolitan planning organizations which coordinate transportation planning between localities throughout the region. Abiding by Title VI and its related authorities at all steps of transportation planning ensures that the benefits and burdens of transportation projects are shared equitably.
RVTPO worked with FHWA and VDOT to bring Mohamed Dumbuya to Roanoke. Staff from RVTPO, VDOT, localities, and other MPOs took advantage of the Title VI training opportunity.
Title VI and its related authorities prohibit discrimination, intentional or unintentional, on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, and age. The related authorities protect minorities, people of low income, handicapped persons, and people with limited English proficiency and mandate fair and equitable treatment of persons displaced as a result of programs and projects receiving federal funds.
For the RVTPO, Title VI means:
Ensuring that all stakeholders have opportunity to comment on plans, programs, and projects,
Making sure that the benefits and burdens of plans, programs, and projects are shared equitably,
Documenting the methods of administration, and
Documenting Title VI data.
RVTPO will be updating its Title VI Implementation Process in the coming months.
The last time you experienced traffic congestion, where were you trying to go? Tell us with our first ever crowdsourcing map app!
Report congestion here. Use the buttons in the upper left to get help, add a point or a line with a comment, or view the legend.
Having trouble getting started? Click the help button in the upper left corner of the map:
Still not sure what to do? Use the mouse to pan and the mouse wheel or the “+” and “-” buttons to zoom in until you see the place where you experience traffic congestion. Use the search box to quickly find an address or street.
Click the “Edit” button and select “New Feature” to add a point or a line. For example, you might add a point at an intersection or specific address. Or you might draw a line along a longer segment where you experience congestion.
If adding a line, double-click to the end the line.
After adding a point or line, you can enter a comment. Tell us where you were going when you experienced traffic congestion.