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Rural Transportation Planning

The Rural Transportation Planning Program functions as a cooperative forum for transportation planning among the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT), transportation service providers, and the counties of Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Albemarle. While the Metropolitan Planning Organization has authority over the urbanized areas of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville, the Rural Transportation Planning Program focuses on the region’s rural areas. The TJPDC serves as the Policy Board for this program, with the Rural Technical Committee serving as the advisory body.


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.

Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to conduct joint public hearings on Six-Year Improvement Program

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will be conducting joint public hearings and meetings across the state to give citizens the opportunity to review and provide comments on the working draft of the Revised Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program (FY15-20 SYIP). The FY15-20 SYIP adopted by the CTB in June 2014 is being revised to comply with a new prioritization process as required by law. This process will determine critical transportation priorities through a fair and objective analysis. The Revised FY15-20 SYIP will be presented to the CTB for adoption in November 2014. Comments will also be accepted for the FY16-21 SYIP and statewide prioritization. Your comments and ideas are very important to the process. You are invited to participate at any of the locations, or in a "virtual meeting". The meeting dates and locations are listed at the link below. If you cannot attend a meeting, you may attend a virtual meeting and view the displays and provide your comments on line. The virtual meeting will be available on this website beginning September 23, 2014.

Visit the VDOT Public Hearings website.

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