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Transportation Planning
The CRC partners with VDOT to provide Transportation Planning Services.

Rural Transportation Planning Program

The Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC) receives State Planning and Research Funds (SPR) from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for the Rural Transportation Planning Assistance Program. The purpose of this program is to provide transportation planning assistance to local jurisdictions within Planning District (PD) 14.  Please review the Rural Long Range Plan Funds Scope of Work & Resolution

Each Planning District has partnered with VDOT to create the Rural Long Range Transportation Plan (RLTRP). The purpose of this Plan is to evaluate each regions rural transportation system and recommend a range of transportation improvements that best satisfy existing and future needs. The CRC developed transportation goals and objectives that were used to guide the development of the RLRTP.  To see a complete copy of the current RLRTP click CRC RLRTP.   The CRC is currently in the process of developing the 2045 RLRTP – the Plan is expected to be completed by Fall of 2020.  To better assist the CRC in developing the 2045 RLRTP, the CRC asks that you participate in our interactive-online survey at: CRCTransportationSurvey.metroquest.com.

For questions on the Commonwealth Regional Council Title VI Plan and procedures, please contact Mr. Todd Fortune, Deputy Director at (434) 392-6104 or by email at tfortune@virginiasheartland.org .

The regional transportation plans will be incorporated into Virginia’s 2035 State Highway Plan. The rural focused plans will complement the transportation plans that already exist for metropolitan areas of Virginia.

Route 60 Corridor Study

US 60 Corridor Study Virtual Public Meeting materials are now available on the Lynchburg project website:

http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/lynchburg/route-60-corridor.asp

 

SMART SCALE Round 4

Virginia’s SMART SCALE (§33.2-214.1) is about picking the right transportation projects for funding and ensuring the best use of limited tax dollars. It is the method of scoring planned projects included in VTrans that are funded by House Bill 1887. Transportation projects are scored based on an objective, outcome-based process that is transparent to the public and allows decision-makers to be held accountable to taxpayers. Once projects are scored and prioritized, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has the best information possible to select the right projects for funding.

Pre-Applications for SMART SCALE Round 4 opened on March 2, 2020 and close on April 3, 2020.  Once all submitted applications undergo a pre-screening process by VDOT staff, the full application submission will be due by August 3, 2020.

Funded Smart Scale Projects can be found at: http://smartscale.org/projects/default.asp along with more detailed information on each project submitted for funding.

VDOT is also providing a Dashboard for citizens to keep abreast of how the Smart Scale Projects are performing: http://dashboard.vasmartscale.org/

Previous Years Planning

In 2015, the CRC created and distributed Unpaved Road Maps to counties.   This activity was designed to provide a visual tool for county government to make decisions on road improvements in their counties.

Amelia Unpaved Roads Map
Buckingham Unpaved Roads
Charlotte Unpaved Roads
Lunenburg Unpaved Roads
Prince Edward Unpaved Roads

In 2014, the CRC completed the Charlotte Court House Pilot Intersection Study to look at the Route 40/47 Intersection in the downtown area of Charlotte Court House.

In 2012 the CRC completed the CRC Public Transit Connectivity Study . This Study looked at the various Public Transit Systems routes available in the region and also the connectivity of the various Systems. The CRC held a meeting with representatives of the Public Transit Systems to receive information on the services they provide and input for the Study. A Public Transit Connectivity Map of the Bus Routes was created as a part of the Study utilizing a Geographic Information System (GIS).  To view individual pdf’s of the town’s/communities Bus Routes click on the following:

Amelia Bus Routes
Buckingham/Dillwyn Bus Routes
SVCC Bus Routes
Cumberland Bus Routes
Kenbridge Bus Routes
Victoria Bus Routes
Lunenburg Court House Bus Routes
Burkeville/Crewe Bus Routes
Blackstone Bus Routes
Farmville Bus Routes

The CRC also hosted on June 18, 2012 a Ride Along Day with VDOT to take local officials and a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board out on local roads to discuss transportation issues.  Click on the CRC Ride Along Day Report to learn more about this event.

In 2011 the CRC completed the CRC Park and Ride Study .  This Study examined areas in PD14 that could potentially serve as new Park and Ride lots.

In 2010 the Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC) updated the 2010 Regional Bicycle Plan. The purpose of this plan is to provide information and guidance on the development of bicycle facilities and accommodations and to enhance and encourage safe bicycle travel within Planning District 14. To view the Document and Maps open the following:

2010 CRC Regional Bicycle Plan
2010 CRC Regional Bicycle Map2010 Regional Bike Map, Farmville Pop Out

In 2010-2011 the CRC partnered with Longwood University’s Geogrpahy Department to complete several Sidewalk Surveys to assist VDOT in locating the current inventory of sidewalks in the CRC region.

Lynchburg/CRC VDOT District Sidewalks
Lunenburg Court House Sidewalk Survey
Victoria Sidewalk Survey
Kenbridge Sidewalk Survey
Nottoway Court House Sidewalk Survey
Crewe Sidewalk Survey
Burkeville Sidewalk Survey