As part of the development of the Hampton Roads 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which will serve as the blueprint for the region’s multimodal transportation system over the next twenty years, potential candidate transportation projects are evaluated and ranked using the HRTPO Project Prioritization Tool (an objective methodology which evaluates transportation projects based on their technical merits and regional benefit).
For the 2040 LRTP, approximately 190 candidate projects were submitted by regional stakeholders and citizens from across the area. These projects range in scope from interstate bridges and tunnels to new bike paths and multiuse trails. For prioritization purposes, candidate projects are evaluated in separate categories: Highway, Interchange/Intersection, Bridge/Tunnel, Transit, Intermodal, and Active Transportation). Projects are separated into categories in order to align with potential funding sources (which are often tied to transportation mode or facility type). Because of funding constraints as well as the differences in evaluation criteria, project scores are not compared across categories.
The Project Prioritization Tool also evaluates transportation projects based on three components: Project Utility (the ability to solve an existing transportation issue), Economic Vitality (the ability to support economic growth), and Project Viability (project readiness). Each component is worth 100 points, combining for a maximum score of 300 points. Please note that Active Transportation projects are not evaluated for Economic Vitality and therefore have a maximum score of 200 points.
Draft Prioritization Scores are being presented to HRTPO Advisory Committees for review and comment. Since these Prioritization Scores will aid regional decision-makers in selecting projects for the 2040 LRTP, we are asking interested citizens to also review these scores and submit comments. To view the Draft 2040 LRTP Project Prioritization Scores, click here:
Presentation given to TTAC at its January 7, 2015 meeting:
After addressing comments received from regional stakeholders, HRTPO staff plans to present the Draft Project Prioritization Scores to the HRTPO Board in March, with final approval of scores set for April 2015. Stay tuned as we continue to develop the Hampton Roads 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan!