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With growing population throughout the Thomas Jefferson Planning District, and decreasing funding, it is becoming increasingly important to make smarter choices about our transportation options. The ideal options will provide a balanced transportation system integrating all travel modes and complementing environmental, economic, and community development goals.


Transportation Planning Intern

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) is looking for an intern to assist with a variety of transportation related tasks including the development and maintenance of the MPO's 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the Transportation Improvement Program. The LRTP is a federally-required, planning document that outlines the 20-year vision for transportation planning within the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The Transportation Improvement Program is another federally-required, planning document that outlines the implementation schedule of regional transportation improvements over the next four years.

Candidates will be evaluated based on their knowledge, skills, and experience. Preference will be given to candidates possessing hands on experience with GIS and ESRI software. Preference will also be given to candidates studying urban planning or civil engineering or a related field; or who have had prior experience in a related discipline. Preference will also be given to students in graduate programs. The TJPDC is seeking an intern who can work 40 hours per week over the summer of 2014 and up to 15 hours per week during school year 2014/15.

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Bike Route 76 Corridor Study

Route 76

As part of its FY14 Rural Transportation Program, the TJPDC is conducting a Corridor Study of the Route 76 Bike Route within our region. U.S. Bicycle Route 76, also known as the TransAmerica Bike Route, is a national Bike Route that spans from the Midwest to eastern Virginia. Along this path, the route passes through five of the localities in our region - Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson. The intent of this work is to increase safety, access and awareness of the bike route. The Rural Technical Committee has conducted a scoping meeting for this project to help guide the process and deliverables.

The project scope includes three main elements:

  1. An Inventory of existing conditions;
  2. A promotional campaign to provide route information and online resources; and,
  3. Recommendations for roadway improvements that would increase bike safety.

Work during the current fiscal year will focus on Item 1, an inventory of existing conditions along the 136-mile stretch of Route 76 in our region. For additional information on this project, please visit the project website at or contact Will Cockrell at, 434-979-7310 x 440.

Free Bridge Area Congestion Relief Project

On November 18, 2013 the Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO hosted the kick-off stakeholder meeting for the Free Bridge Area Congestion Relief project. This meeting focused on the history of Free Bridge and previous planning efforts surrounding the Free Bridge Area. The Institute of Environmental Negotiation (IEN) facilitated this meeting and will be the TJPDC's partner throughout this grant process.

This project is being funded by a Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) pilot project designed to test the effectiveness of implementing FHWA's Eco-Logical process, an innovative ecosystem-based approach to developing infrastructure project alternatives. The Eco-Logical approach encourages stakeholder involvement in the development of new infrastructure. The goal of the process is to collaboratively develop project ideas in an effort to address significant impacts early in the project development process.

The stakeholder team that will guide this process will meet six times over the next year. They will work on identifying resources, determining appropriate mitigations, discussing potential infrastructure alternatives and other topics.

For additional information, please visit the Eco-Logical project page at or contact Sarah Rhodes at

The FY12 to FY15 Transportation Improvement Program has been approved

The FY12 to FY15 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has been amended to be in full compliance with FY12 funding estimates. The Charlottesville-Albemarle TIP is used to schedule spending of federal transportation funds within the metropolitan region, in coordination with significant state and local funds, for the federal fiscal years 2012 through 2015. The TIP is a prioritized listing/program of transportation projects that is developed and formally adopted by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as part of the metropolitan transportation planning process.

Please click here to go to the TIP home page.

Welcome to the New Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee

The MPO Policy Board amended its bylaws on September 25th 2013. These amendments alter language about the MPO's Citizen Advisory Committee, formerly known as Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Transportation Committee or CHART. In June the CHART Committee began a process of redefining its role in the MPO. The committee drafted new bylaws that were approved by the MPO Policy Board in July. Because the Citizen Committee serves as an advisory committee for the MPO Policy Board these new bylaws could not take effect after the MPO Policy Boards Bylaws were amended and approved. Please click here to review the final MPO Policy Board Bylaws. Please click here to review the new bylaws for the MPO's citizen advisory committee, which has been renamed the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee or CTAC. If you have any questions please contact MPO Program Manager, Sarah Rhodes at

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