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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.


Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO Drafting FY16 Work Program

The Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO drafted its work program for FY16, outlining the work schedule for the period between July 1st, 2015 and June 30th, 2016. This document, also known as the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), provides a mechanism for coordinating transportation planning activities in the region. In the upcoming year, there are several exciting planning efforts and studies planned at the MPO. Some of the highlights include:

  • A comprehensive bike and pedestrian count that will be the first step in an annual bike/pedestrian report for the area;
  • A Transportation Academy program that will help to inform the community about transportation projects, processes and concepts;
  • Work on transit customer service surveys; and,
  • Planning work related to important transportation projects through the region.

The MPO Committees and Policy Board will review the work program in their May meetings, with a public hearing schedule for the end of May. Click here to view the draft work program. If you have any questions about the work program, please contact Will Cockrell at

VDOT News Release– Transportation Board Awards RT. 29 Solutions Contract

RICHMOND — The Commonwealth Transportation Board today awarded Lane/Corman Joint Venture the $116.7 million design-build contract to improve the Route 29 corridor in Albemarle County.  Lane/Corman will widen Route 29 between Polo Grounds Road and Towncenter Drive, extend Berkmar Drive from Hilton Heights Road to Towncenter Drive, and construct a grade-separated intersection at Route 29 and Rio Road.

The design-build team is comprised primarily of three companies: Lane Construction Corp., of Chantilly, Corman Construction Inc., of Chesterfield, and engineering firm RK&K of Richmond.

“Governor McAuliffe and his administration are focused on building the right transportation projects for the right reasons,” said Secretary of Transportation Aubrey L. Layne Jr. “These projects, and the rest of the Route 29 Solutions projects, will provide real safety improvements and real congestion relief for everyone who uses this corridor. The award of this contract is a major step toward delivery of these critical highway improvements.”

Preliminary engineering began in June of 2014 and final design will be completed by the design-builder.  Lane/Corman’s contract includes the following:

  • Rio Road – utility relocations begin in May and roadway construction begins this coming fall.  Click here for a rendering of what the improvements will look like. Drive through the project.
  • Route 29 widening – utility relocations begin this summer, followed by roadway construction.
  • Berkmar Drive extension – roadway construction begins in the spring of 2016.


The contract providing the three projects above has a fixed completion date of Oct. 30, 2017.
The Route 29 Solutions program includes eight highway projects to improve safety and increase mobility along the Route 29 corridor in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. In addition to the design-build contract, adaptive signal technology is being installed at 21 intersections on the corridor, Hillsdale Drive will be extended south to Hydraulic Road, the Route 29/250 interchange project has been awarded and construction begins this month.  Preliminary engineering will be done to recommend improvements to the Route 29/Hydraulic Road intersection and an additional extension of Hillsdale Drive. The initiative also fully funds a second daily passenger train between Lynchburg and Washington, D.C.

For more information go to

LRTP Lessons Learned Document

From the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2014, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) focused most of its planning efforts on the updating of its Long Range Transportation Plan. For this update the MPO's approach was dramatically different for previous planning processes. While there were many benefits to this new approach, there were several issues that made this planning process less successful than MPO staff had hoped. This report outlines the approach the MPO took to update the 2040 LRTP and provides insight into the issues that occurred when implementing each of the "key decisions" that were part of the process. Furthermore, this report includes recommendations on how certain steps could be better implemented with future LRTP updates.

It should be noted that this report is developed by MPO staff for future MPO staff to provide some context into the development of the 2040 LRTP. This insight will, hopefully, allow future planning processes to utilize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of the 2040 LRTP's planning process. This report is meant solely as a resource for future planning endeavors.

Charlottesville Albemarle MPO is Highlighted in New Nationwide Guidebook from Transportation for America

The Innovative MPO, released today by Transportation for America, is a new guidebook for staff and board members of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The guide showcases best practices from across the country to showcase ways MPOs can help their communities prosper.

The Charlottesville Albemarle MPO, a component of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TDPDC) is highlighted in the guidebook as a national leader, and a model for other MPOs to follow. Specifically, the report praises the MPO's use of a Housing and Transportation Affordability Index developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology to examine six different neighborhoods in the TJPDC jurisdiction. The report compared the relative costs associated with buying or renting a home along with predicted travel costs for that location based on job accessibility and other factors. The analysis showed that living further from the urban core might not be as cost-effective as people think and that foreclosure rates during the recent housing crisis were higher in suburban areas than in urban ones.

The Innovative MPO is available at

2040 LRTP and MPO's TIP Amendments

On July 23rd the MPO Policy Board approved amendments to both the 2040 Long Range transportation Plan and the MPO's Transportation Improvement Program. To review these amendments please see the links below.

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

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 (

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

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

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