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The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the forum for cooperative transportation decision-making among Charlottesville, Albemarle, state and federal officials. The MPO considers long-range regional projects and combines public input, technical data, and agency collaboration to develop forward-thinking solutions. Organized for the City of Charlottesville and the urbanized area of Albemarle County immediately surrounding the City, it is responsible for carrying out continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning and programming process. The MPO coordinates the transportation planning activities of the various transportation-related agencies that have both a direct and indirect impact on the Long Range Plan and Transportation Improvement Program.


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POTENTIAL AMENDMENTS –

2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

The potential amendments to the 2040 LRTP are now available for review. These amendments, if approved, would alter the 2040 LRTP fiscally-constrained project list to reflect the projects that were recently developed as part of the Route 29 Solutions Process and added to Virginia’s Six Year Improvement Program (SYIP) by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on June 18th 2014. To illustrate these potential amendments, MPO staff choose to fully revise fiscally-constrained project list. This document shows completely how these amendments, if approved by the MPO Policy Board, would alter the existing 2040 LRTP. Potential additions to the document are shown in red text and potential deletions to the document are shown by struck-through text. This document is meant to serve as a hypothetical illustration based solely on the projects approved on June 18th. These projects will not be incorporated into the 2040 LRTP until the MPO Policy Board officially votes to include them. The MPO Policy Board will vote on this amendment on July 23rd 2014 at 4pm, in Albemarle County’s Lane Auditorium. A public hearing will be held for these amendments. For any questions or comments regarding these potential amendments, please contact MPO Program Manager, Sarah Rhodes at srhodes@tjpdc.org.

Public comment regarding these potential amendments is encouraged.

Charlottesville-Albemarle Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The potential amendments to the TIP are now available for review. These amendments, if approved, would alter the several existing projects in the TIP and incorporate several new projects into the TIP. These project revisions and additions reflect the projects that were recently developed as part of the Route 29 Solutions Process and added to Virginia’s Six Year Improvement Program (SYIP) by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on June 18th 2014. The materials that illustrate these amendments can be found below.

Unfortunately the timing of these amendments coincides with the transition of the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to a new programming timeline, FY15 to FY18. While the MPO’s FY15 to FY18 TIP is already approved, the STIP is not yet approved by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which means that the TIP amendments must be structured under the existing STIP timeline of FY12 to FY15. All of the projects in these TIP amendments are structured under the earlier timeline, which makes interpretation of the TIP information challenging. In reviewing these amendments the important information is the project’s scope, total costs, and notes from the MPO. The obligation information, while accurate, is dated. If these amendments are accepted by the MPO Policy Board, then once the STIP for FY15 to FY18 is approved, the new TIP information about obligations will be incorporated into the MPO’s FY15 to FY18 TIP. The obligation information just shows, when VDOT will be requesting authorization to request reimbursement from FHWA for projects by phase. This scheduling information in the TIP is solely for programming purposes only and does not suggest or follow a project implementation timeline.

These projects will not be incorporated into the TIP until the MPO Policy Board officially votes to include them. The MPO Policy Board will vote on this amendment on July 23rd 2014 at 4pm, in Albemarle County’s Lane Auditorium. A public hearing will be held for these amendments. For any questions or comments regarding these potential amendments, please contact MPO Program Manager, Sarah Rhodes at srhodes@tjpdc.org.

Public comment regarding these potential amendments is encouraged.



MPO Resolution of Endorsement for the Route 29 Solution Process Project Package

At the May 28th 2014 MPO Policy Board meeting, the Board voted to approve a resolution of endorsement supporting the Route 29 Solutions project package. This project package includes eight specific projects listed in the resolution and two non-specific recommendations also listed in the resolution. The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is anticipated to vote on the Route 29 Solutions project package at its June 18th meeting. If the CTB votes to include the project package into the FY15 to FY20 Six Year Improvement Program (SYIP), the MPO will begin the process of amending its 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan and it FY15 to FY18 Transportation Improvement Program. This amendment process is planned for July 2014.

Click here to review signed Resolution of Endorsement.



FINAL FY15 Unified Planning and Work Program

The MPO Policy Board approved the FY15 Unified Planning and Work Program at its May 28th 2014 Board meeting. The UPWP outlines the tasks that the MPO expects to complete over the next fiscal year, including MPO Administration, MPO Long Range Planning and MPO Short Range Planning. For more information about the UPWP please contact MPO Program Manager, Sarah Rhodes, at srhodes@tjpdc.org.

Click here to review Final FY15 Unified Planning and Work Program
Click here to review signed resolution approving the FY15 UPWP.



Route 29 Solutions Project Package Letter of Support

The MPO Policy Board Chair, Kristin Szakos, has written a letter of support for the Route 29 Solutions project package presented to the Commonwealth Transportation Board at the Board’s workshop held May 13th 2014 in Charlottesville Virginia. Information regarding the package of improvements presented at the workshop can be found at the Route 29 Solutions website, under the May 8th meeting materials. This letter was distributed to members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board at the workshop and has been mailed to the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Lanye. Please contact Sarah Rhodes, MPO Program Manager, if you have any questions or comments (srhodes@tjpdc.org).



FFY13 Annual Listing of Obligations

On March 6th 2014, the MPO Policy Board approved the FFY13 Annual Listing of Funding Obligations. The Annual Listing is a required document that outlines what transportation projects within the MPO received federal funding obligations in the previous Federal Fiscal Year (FFY). This document is intended to increase the transparency of government spending on transportation projects within the MPO. Document is available here.



Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO’s Title VI Plan
The Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO’s Title VI Plan outlines how Title VI and Environmental Justice populations are distributed within the MPO planning area and how the MPO provides outreach to those populations. This document also includes a procedural outline and  a compliant form for any persons who feel that the MPO has discriminated against them. This document also includes the MPO’s non-discrimination statement and the MPO’s Americans with Disabilities Act notice. For more information about the MPO’s Title VI plan please contact Sarah Rhodes, the MPO Program Manager for the Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO by phone at (434) 979-7310 ext. 360 or by email at srhodes@tjpdc.org.

Click here to review the MPO’s Title VI Plan.





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