Richmond, Va. — Following several months of meetings and input from local and regional governments, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved a new scoring process for transportation projects. Once projects are scored, the CTB will have the best information possible to select the right projects for funding.
“The scoring process is about investing tax dollars in the projects that will generate the greatest return on investment for Virginians in terms of easing congestion and stimulating economic growth,” said Gov.Terry McAuliffe. “I was proud to work with Speaker Howell and the General Assembly to pass the legislation that established this scoring process so that we can make transportation planning decisions based on sound data, not on the political whims that have defined our process for too long. This new process will improve our transportation decision-making so that we can invest in the infrastructure we need to build a new Virginia economy.”
“The law known as House Bill 2 (HB2) will improve transparency and accountability because the public will know how projects scored and the decisions behind the CTB’s project selections,” added Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne. “The Commonwealth developed the scoring process in collaboration with localities across the state so their particular needs are addressed.”
Since the beginning of the year, the state held numerous meetings, involving more than 200 representatives from local and regional governments to integrate their input, including more than 300 written comments, into the scoring process. The CTB also held public hearings in each of the nine construction districts that included opportunities for residents to learn and comment on the scoring process.
Projects will be scored according to the following factors:
- Safety – reduce the number and rate of fatalities and severe injuries
- Congestion – reduce hours of delay people spend in traffic and move more people through the transportation system
- Accessibility – increase access to jobs and travel options
- Economic Development – support economic development and improve movement of goods
- Environmental Quality – improve air quality and avoid impacts to the natural environment
- Land Use – support transportation and efficient land development patterns
Projects in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads will score higher if they reduce congestion. Projects in other parts of the state will score higher if they increase economic development.
Projects will be screened and scored through early 2016. Once the projects are scored and public input received, the CTB will select projects for funding to be included in next year’s update of the Six-Year Improvement Program, which will be adopted in June 2016.
Projects that are required to be scored will improve transportation on Corridors of Statewide Significance, such as interstates, major primary roads and regional multi-modal networks and urban development areas. The CTB must consider highway, transit, rail, road operational improvements and transportation demand projects, including vanpooling and ridesharing.
Projects funded with federal safety dollars, and projects that rehabilitate aging pavements and bridges are exempted from scoring.
Download the HB2 presentation delivered to the CTB at www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2015/june/pres/HB2Update.pdf.
For more information, visit www.virginiahb2.org.