A public meeting held on the evening of Tuesday, March 29, 2016 kicked off a three-day Federal Certification Review of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO). The review, which ran from March 30, 2016 to March 31 2016, was conducted by The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The certification review is conducted in order to determine if the HRTPO’s transportation planning process adequately addresses major issues facing Hampton Roads in accordance with applicable Federal regulations, and also assesses the cooperative planning process between the HRTPO and its planning partners.
At the public meeting, held in the board room of the Regional Building, citizens of the region were invited to express their views on the transportation planning process being conducted in Hampton Roads. A special meeting of the HRTPO Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) was convened directly before the public meeting. At this CTAC meeting, the FWHA held a discussion with CTAC members and gained their perspective on the HRTPO and their role as committee members.
Federal law requires that the FHWA and the FTA certify that the metropolitan transportation planning process in MPOs is carried out in accordance with applicable provisions of federal law at least once every four years.