Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
- NEPA Study - September 16 Public Workshop
- NEPA Study - Multimodal Passenger Station
- The Tri-Cities Area MPO provides opportunities for public input and participation into the transportation planning process.
- Tri-Cities Area Transportation Guide
- FY 15-18 TIP Public Meeting
- 2013 MPO Certification Public Meeting
- Tri-Cities MPO Information Guide
- Americans With Disabilities Act Notice
- 2005 Federal Certification Review
- Facebook Page for Tri-Cities Area MPO
- All MPO meetings are open to the public.
- The Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has been formed under U.S. Code Title 23, Highways, and U.S. Code Title 49, Public Transportation by agreement between the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and units of local government in the Tri-Cities Area. The purpose of the Tri-Cities MPO is to develop transportation plans and programs for the metropolitan area.
- Policy Committee - Regular meetings of the MPO Policy Committee are held on the second Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Petersburg Multi-Modal Station located 100 West Washington Street in Petersburg. Scheduled meeting dates may change or be cancelled.
- Technical Committee - Regular meetings of the MPO Technical Committee are held on the first Friday of each month at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Public Library located at 1000 Yacht Basin Drive, Colonial Heights, VA.
- It is suggested contact be made with the Crater Planning District Commission staff at 804-861-1666 or email@example.com in advance of a scheduled meeting to confirm meeting date, time, location and provision needed for participation during the citizen information portion of the meeting. Citizen comments on any item related to transportation planning are welcomed.
Meeting packets are .zip files* containing documents distributed for committee meetings, and include meeting agendas and any other documents to be discussed at these meetings. Most documents are in MS Word, Excel, or Adobe Acrobat format. Meeting packets will be made available for approximately one year from the date of the meeting before being removed from the site.
Unified Transportation Planning Work Program (PDF)
- The Tri-Cities MPO is responsible for the development of several metropolitan transportation plans and programs.
- Download the FY 2017 Unified Transportation Planning Work Program (UTPWP)
- Download the FY 2016 Unified Transportation Planning Work Program (UTPWP)
2035 Long Range Transportation Plan
- The long-range plan represents the vision for transportation improvements in the regional transportation system. The intent of the 2035 Plan is to meet future-oriented, multi-modal transportation needs of the region, such as autos, transit, bicycling and pedestrians. The long-range plan is updated on a 4-year cycle. The plan was adopted in June 2012 and is consistent with the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) as established under federal law in 2005.
- Click here to download the pdf
- Click here for an online interactive map
2014 Land Use and Transportation Performance Measures Report
- The Virginia General Assembly adopted legislation during the 2009 session requiring each MPO serving an urbanized area greater than 200,000 in population to identify and annually monitor land use and transportation performance measures. The categories of measures to be monitored were prescribed by the State. The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) within the Secretary of Transportation’s Office and the affected MPOs produced a template for the regional performance measures. The staff of the Crater Planning District Commission prepared the 2014 Report and Transit Data Map on behalf of the Tri-Cities Area MPO.
- The 2013 Report and the 2011 Report are also available for review.
2010 Tri-Cities Area Transit Development Plan (TDP)
The 2010 Transit Development Plan (TDP) is a multi-year planning document prepared for the purpose of identifying mass transit capital and operating improvements in the Tri-Cities Area. The 2010 TDP includes an assessment of the operational efficiencies of current routes operated by Petersburg Area Transit and addresses the feasibility of additional routes in the Tri-Cities. This document was adopted in January 2011 by the MPO and by the City of Petersburg in November 2011.
During calendar year 2012, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation sponsored a multimodal station study to present comparative data points for two alternates sites located in the Tri-Cities. The purpose of the study was to offer local, regional and state officials an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each location.
Richmond/Petersburg Metropolitan Planning Areas Coordinated Human Services Mobility Plan
The 2014 Richmond/Petersburg Coordinated Human Services (CHSM) Plan includes an assessment of public and private human service agency transportation services and resources; an assessment of transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and people with low incomes; identifies strategies, activities and projects to address the identified gaps between current services and needs; and, identifies priorities for implementation based on resources and the feasibility for implementing transportation strategies and activities identified.
The 2008 CHSM Plan is also available for review.
2003 Congestion Management System (CMS) Operations Plan
- Federal transportation planning regulations require a Congestion Management System Operations Plan in Transportation Management Areas (TMAs). Transportation Management Areas are located in urbanized areas over 200,000 in population, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau or other areas designated as TMAs by the U.S. Department of Transportation at the request of the MPO and the Governor. The purpose of a CMS is to reduce roadway congestion and improve traffic safety by improving technology, expanding roadways and increasing vehicle occupancy. The 2003 CMS Operations Plan includes the use of volume/capacity or V/C as a performance measure to evaluate present and future traffic congestion on major highway facilities designated as the CMS network for the Tri-Cities Area. Using existing and projected traffic volumes, highway facilities with a V/C of 1.0 or greater are indicated on present-day and future-day maps of the Tri-Cities Area CMS network of major roadway facilities.
- 2003 CMS Operations Plan
- 2003 CMS Map 1
- 2003 CMS Map 2
- 2003 CMS Map 3
- 2003 CMS Map 4
- 2003 CMS Map 5
Intermodal Transportation Study
- In January of 1999, the data collection phase of an Intermodal Transportation Study for the Richmond Region was completed. The purpose of this study was to examine and recommend enhancements for the movement of goods thru the Greater Richmond Region by truck, rail, air and water. Phase II of the study was completed in February 2002. This phase prepared forecasts future goods movement thru the Region by mode and identified probable impacts of this traffic on the region. Phase II also identifies issues and contains recommendations for trucking, railroad, airfreight and port. The study also contained the finding that an intermodal facility for central Virginia was not warranted at this time.
- An Intermodal Committee for the Greater Richmond Area has been formed to monitor the need for the intermodal facility. The Tri-Cities Area and Richmond Area MPOs have representation on this committee.
- This document is available in CD format. Contact Joe Vinsh for more information.
- Download the Intermodal Transportation Study Cover
- Download the Intermodal Transportation Study Executive Summary (8 MB - large download)
- In September 1979 the MPO adopted a bikeways plan for the region. In August 2003, a plan update was completed. The Transportation Technical Committee adopted the updated bikeways plan in March, 2004.
- Download the 2003 Bikeways Plan Update
Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)
- The development of an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for the Richmond/Tri/Cities Region began in 1996 with a federally sponsored study that investigated the use of enhanced traffic management technologies. The study recommended the development of a regional 24-hour operations center to manage freeway traffic. The VDOT Smart Traffic Center (STC) began operations in March 2000. The travel center presently uses variable message signs and video cameras to enhance traffic flow along interstate facilities.
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) - FY's 2015-2018
- The TIP consists of several program listings of highway and transit projects anticipated to receive federal funding during the next four-year period. The Tri-Cities Area MPO has project selection authority for Section 5307 transit projects, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Projects (CMAQ) and, after July 2004, Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) projects. The Commonwealth Transportation Board selects all other projects listed in the TIP.
- Download the 15 - 18 TIP
Air Quality Conformity Analysis of FY's 2012-2015 TIP
- The air quality impacts of proposed transportation improvement projects contained in the Tri-Cities Area 2035 Transportation Plan and FY12 – FY15 Transportation Improvement Program have been analyzed. VDOT has completed this analysis in accordance with provisions contained in Section 176 c of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The findings of this report indicate volatile organic compounds (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) produced by the implementation of proposed improvement projects are within the limits allowed by the State Implementation Plan.
- Download the Air Quality Conformity Analysis of the 2035 Transportation Plan and FY 12 - FY15 Transportation Improvement Program.
Federal Obligated Transportation Improvement Funds
- These tables provide information on project descriptions, federal funding sources, and amounts by highway (document 1, document 2) and transit system anticipated to be under contract or obligated for the one-year period from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Crater Street Name Clearinghouse
- During the 1980's, the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee recognized the need to institute a regional street name clearinghouse to assist in the delivery of emergency response services. The purpose of the Crater clearinghouse is to review proposed street names for duplication with existing street names. This service is voluntary and currently has over 9,000 street names listed in the Crater Planning District.
- The general procedures used for the Crater Street Name Clearinghouse are as follows:
- The person or entity proposing a new street name submits a request to the city or county government in which the new street is to be located
- The city or county government submits the proposed name(s) to Crater Street Name Clearinghouse for review
- The clearinghouse advises the city or county of any conflicts with existing street names
- The city or county takes action on the request and advises the person or entity of the results of the review
- The city or county advises the clearinghouse of any new street names approved for use
Data and Information
The following is available:
- Socioeconomic estimates and forecasts by traffic analysis zones
- Tri-Cities Area Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Program Allocations
- Regional Surface Transportation Program Allocations
If you would like more information on these topics, please contact Joe Vinsh at (804) 861-1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Transportation Planning Agencies
- Chesterfield County
- Dinwiddie County
- Prince George County
- Colonial Heights City
- Hopewell City
- Petersburg City
- Greater Richmond Transit Company
- Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
- Petersburg Area Transit
- Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
- Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation
- Virginia Department of Transportation
- Virginia Employment Commission