Updated: Apr 15
The Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization extends the public comment period for the draft Universe of Projects, made available for public comment on March 8, 2021. The public comment period for the Draft Universe of Projects has now been extended to close on April 15, 2021. This extension is being made in response to public requests for additional review time.
The RRTPO is currently working on ConnectRVA 2045, the Richmond region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). ConnectRVA 2045 will be a significant decision tool to guide how the RRTPO and its partners can address the transportation needs of the Richmond region now and in the future. The plan budget will be based on projected funding streams over a 25-year planning horizon or the year 2045. The ConnectRVA 2045 Advisory Committee (AC) spearheads the development of the plan with the power to make decisions guiding the process and outcomes. An integral part of the plan engaged the AC along with two public on-line surveys in developing a Vision Statement, Guiding Principles, Goals and Objectives that will guide the assessment of projects.
Staff have been developing a master list of potential regional projects, a “Universe of Projects” (Excel spreadsheet) (Adobe PDF) for the Richmond region based on regional and local transportation studies, additional recommendations provided by AC members, future transportation issues identified by the Richmond/Tri-Cities Travel Demand Model and public input received through the ConnectRVA 2045 website, community engagement, and advisory committees. The purpose of this stage of the planning process is to set the foundation for all the projects that we will test and rank for possible inclusion in the draft plan (this is what we are referring to as the Universe of Projects). By being on this list it doesn't mean anything is approved or that it is included in the plan - we still need to go through data-driven travel demand model testing, benefit/cost analysis, and equity/social impact testing on each potential project. After that, the ranking of priority projects can be performed and compared with expected funding allocations to set the draft constrained plan. These steps will happen between now and early fall, with plenty more opportunity for public feedback and engagement (see the flow chart below for where we are in the process).
The draft Universe of Projects and online interactive maps are now available for your review and comment on our website. Please leave your comments below or on our interactive map. Comments may be related to projects that you feel are not mentioned but are needed, projects that should not be included, projects you support, or general questions of clarity. The comment period will be open through April 15, 2021. All comments will be provided to the Advisory Committee and the RRTPO Policy Board.