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The RRPDC is a regional planning agency serving
the Town of Ashland;
the City of Richmond; and
the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.



Richmond Regional
Planning District Commission

9211 Forest Hill Avenue
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235

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Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



 

 Past News and Events


Public Review sought for multi-regional plan to reduce impacts of natural disasters

The 26 localities of the Richmond and Crater regions are seeking public comment on the draft update of the Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Learn how to submit your input by reading the press release.


Greater RVA Transit Vision Plan

The Virginia DRPT, in cooperation with the RRTPO and GRTC, has released the draft Greater RVA Transit Vision Plan and appendices. The public review and comment period will open in early 2017.


plan2040 - TPO adopts regional long-range transportation plan

The RRTPO has adopted  plan2040, the long-range transportation plan for the Richmond Region. The document, a multi-modal blueprint for the Richmond region’s transportation network is now available for you to download and read.


2016 CMP Technical Report

The RRTPO approved the 2016 CMP Technical Report  at their December 1, 2016 meeting. You may contact the RRTPO if you have any questions or comments.


Website Development Services

The RRPDC invites all qualified contractors to submit a proposal for the strategy, design, and support services requisite to develop a new website at www.richmondregional.org. The RFP for Website Development Services and supporting documents can be found on the project website.

*NEW* Deadline for RFP #17-3 submissions:
4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17


Help shape the future of transit in the RVA region!

The Virginia DRPT, in cooperation with the RRTPO and GRTC, is developing the Richmond Region Transit Vision Plan to identify a long-term vision for transit in the greater Richmond area. Visit the plan website and complete the survey to add your voice to the vision.


plan2040 Draft Document and Public Review

The plan2040 draft document, divided into two parts as a Summary Document, and Technical Document, will begin its public review starting August 1 through August 31, 2016. Three public meetings have been scheduled during the public review:

August 16, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Varina Library, 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, VA 23231

August 17, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Avenue, Henrico, VA 23227

August 22, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23234

Comments may be submitted via email at MPOPublicComment@richmondregional.org. More information on plan2040 can be found on its website.


MPO allocates $160 million in regional transportation funds

On May 5, the RRTPO voted to allocate $160 million to 43 transportation projects over the next six years in the Richmond region. Read more about the projects and the transportation programs designed to empower our communities to cooperatively determine the future of transportation of our region.


RRTPO Hosts Regional Transportation Forum

On March 3, the RRTPO hosted transportation experts from throughout the region and Commonwealth at the 3rd Annual Richmond Regional Transportation Forum to discuss Accessibility to Economic Opportunity: Transportation Planning for our Region's Future.


Collaborative releases
RVA Snapshot of regional indicators

On February 26, the Capital Region Collaborative released RVA Snapshot: A shared vision for our region, the first set of indicators tracking key points of economic and social data for the Richmond region.


RRPDC appoints Martha Shickle as new Executive Director

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, the RRPDC appointed Martha Shickle to serve as the regional commission’s Executive Director. Shickle currently serves as Executive Director for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, where she is responsible for the Commission’s general operations, strategic planning, and program development.

Read more about Shickle's appointment.


2012-2040 Socioeconomic Data Analysis Report

The analysis report was developed to show where the Richmond Region has historically been, where we are now, and where we are going.  The analysis is based off the tabulated data from the 2012-2040 Socioeconomic  Data Report, approved by the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO) on April 2, 2015, which  was vetted and collaborated  by representatives of each of the nine jurisdictions in the Richmond Region.


Updated bridge inventory identifies those in poor condition

Bridges, culverts, and tunnels are critical building blocks of an efficient transportation system.  The recently-updated Richmond Regional Bridge and Culvert Inventory & Structural Assessment Report provides an inventory of all the bridge structures in the region and identifies those in poor condition.


Comment on  Regional Performance Measures

The Public Comment Period for the Regional Performance Measure Annual Progress Report -2015 is now open. Please submit your comments to Chris Wichman by 4:30 pm on  Friday, December 18, 2015.


TPO adopts Updated Public Participation Plan

On June 4, after a 45-day public review period, the Richmond Regional TPO approved and adopted an update to the RRTPO Public Participation Plan (PPP) for the Metropolitan Transportation Planning and Programming Process. The PPP serves as a guide for conducting public participation in the TPO’s regional transportation planning and programming process and documents the TPO’s compliance with federal TPO planning process requirements.


MPO changes name to the Richmond Regional
Transportation Planning Organization

On October 2, 2014, the policy board of the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to change the public name of the agency to the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO).

The change was one of a series of amendments to the organization’s bylaws designed to improve its ability to achieve its long-standing mission as the federally-designated forum for regional transportation decision-making, planning, and programming.


Regional economic development strategy released

On July 8, 2014, the RRPDC released the updated Richmond Regional CEDS, an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy with a special focus on distressed areas of the region

Over the past three years, the RRPDC lead a group of economic development leaders from the public and private sectors in developing a CEDS document.


Are you prepared? Survivor Day training can help!

The Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance (CVEMA) is pleased to present Survivor Day V emergency preparedness training sessions this year in ten locations across Central Virginia. The sessions will take place during National Preparedness Month on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

For more information and to register, please visit SurvivorDay.com.


MPO allocates $140 million in regional transportation funds

On April 10, elected officials from the Richmond Region’s nine localities united together to fund over $140 million for transportation projects over the next six years in the Richmond Region.

The vote by the Richmond Area MPO allocated funds from two regional transportation programs – nearly $92 million from the Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) and nearly $49 million from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program.


Proposed Amendments to plan2035

The RAMPO is seeking public comments on two proposed amendments to plan2035, the Long-Range Transportation Plan for the Richmond Region:

  • The scope of the project to widen Route 10 in Chesterfield County is being increased from 6 to 8 lanes, the construction of which will be fully-funded at a cost of $45.2 million.

  • The Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit project is being updated to reflect a fully-funded cost of $49.8 million.


Public comment sought for draft Transportation Improvement Program

The RAMPO is seeking public comment on the draft update to the Transportation Improvement Program, the Richmond Region’s plan for advancing transportation projects toward construction over the next four years.


Regional economic development strategy approved

On December 12, 2013, the RRPDC approved a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Richmond Region.

During the prior two years, the RRPDC lead a group of economic development leaders from the public and private sectors in developing a CEDS document.

The RRPDC's efforts were partially funded through a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA).


Capital Region Collaborative releases regional action plan

On October 29, the Capital Region Collaborative, a joint initiative of the RRPDC and Greater Richmond Chamber to identify priority issues and opportunities for the Richmond Region, released it's regional action plan to an audience of more than 300.

The Collaborative distilled feedback from more than 8,000 Richmond Region residents into eight priority areas and presented action items to make progress. The implementation will be coordinated through cross-sector, cross-jurisdictional work groups open to all residents. Contact the CRC to get involved!


RRPDC Annual Reception features 2014 Legislative Positions

On January 7, the RRPDC presented its 2014 legislative positions during its annual breakfast reception to legislators and representatives of the business and non-profit communities.

The RRPDC also chose to highlight the CEDS process and CVEMA accomplishments.


RRPDC and City of Richmond build Trails and Canoe Put-in on Chapel Island

Visitors to Downtown Richmond, have a newly-enhanced spot to visit the James River thanks to a partnership between the RRPDC and the City of Richmond's James River Park System.

The project improved Chapel Island by creating a system of trails, adding interpretive signage, and building a canoe/kayak put-in ramp.


Richmond Region Localities Cooperatively Fund Bike and Pedestrian Projects

On June 6, the RAMPO voted to fund two projects that will significantly improve bicycle and pedestrian transportation in the Richmond Region.

The RAMPO funded planning, design, and community outreach for the development of the Floyd Avenue Bicycle Boulevard. This revolutionary project will significantly enhance the Richmond Region’s biking infrastructure by converting 2.25 miles of Floyd Avenue into a preferred route optimized for bicycle traffic.

The RAMPO also provided funding to build a sidewalk connecting a gap in the transportation network linking neighborhoods, schools, churches, and a community center in the Smoketree Drive area of Chesterfield County.


River Access: Chapel Island Trails and Canoe Put-in coming Fall 2013

The RRPDC is partnering with the City of Richmond to enhance access to 5.8 acres of riverfront land on Chapel Island and create a system of trails, interpretive signage, and a canoe/kayak put-in ramp.

The project will increase access to the James River in the east end of Richmond  and provide wildlife viewing, fishing, walking, and paddling opportunities to a wider community.


Barbara Jacocks featured on
Work It, Richmond

RRPDC Principal Planner Barbara Jacocks was featured as somebody "You Need to Meet" by Work It, Richmond, the Richmond Region's small-business solution center.


Call for applications for Transportation Alternatives Program Funds

From April 16 to May 10, RAMPO is accepting applications for projects seeking funding under the Transportation Alternatives Program.


Reality Check RVA

On May 14, ULI Richmond will be hosting RVA Reality Check, a single-day, hands-on, map-based exercise that brings together regional leaders and citizens to build consensus on how and where growth should happen in the Richmond Region.

For more information, or to get involved, contact ULI Richmond.


Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission is assisting a group of economic development leaders from the public and private sectors in the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Richmond Region.


Existing Land Use Inventory completed

The RRPDC has announced the completion of the first Existing Land Use Inventory for the Richmond Region.

Over the past year, RRPDC staff worked in with the local planning staffs from each jurisdiction to develop an inventory of the current land use for every parcel in the Richmond Region.

The Existing Land Use Inventory will serve as a planning tool when this baseline information is compared with future inventory updates. Such comparisons can help decision makers understand historic and existing land use development patterns.

Two  summary documents describing the process and the data were presented during the July meeting of the RRPDC Board.


2013 RRPDC Legislative Agenda calls on General Assembly to index gas tax

On November 8, the RRPDC adopted the 2013 RRPDC Legislative Agenda, which includes a call for the General Assembly to establish a comprehensive solution to transportation funding that includes an indexed gas tax.

The agenda includes legislative priorities and position statements on issues impacting the Richmond Region. The three legislative priorities address transportation funding, eligibility for membership on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and school rehabilitation.


VPA announces third sailing of James River Barge during MPO meeting at Port of Richmond

On Monday, October 1, the Virginia Port Authority announced a third weekly sailing of a barge service between the Port of Richmond and Hampton Roads during a special meeting of the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization at the Port of Richmond.

The announcement to expand the 64 Express operated by James River Barge Line presentation on the progress being made at and future plans for the Port of Richmond.

News coverage: Richmond Times-Dispatch | Media Advisory


Survivor Day III Registration Is Open

 

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, Central Virginia UASI will host its 3rd Survivor Day preparedness training event. Emergency and Community Response professionals will teach citizens how to prepare  to survive in their homes without power for at least 72 hours, and what to take with them should they need to leave their homes in a hurry.

Sign up online at www.survivorday.com or by calling 211. Preregistration is required and seating is limited.


Donation by MWV Foundation funds printing of enhanced Rivers of the Richmond Region guidemap

With the help of a generous contribution from the MeadWestvaco Foundation, 30,000 additional copies of the  Rivers of the Richmond Region guidemap are available to the public.

RRPDC staff took advantage of the reprinting to perform a significant revision of the regional guide to public access points along the Appomattox, Chickahominy, Pamunkey and James Rivers.

The map is available to the public at selected tourism and visitor centers, libraries, river-based businesses, and river access points.


Richmond Area MPO visits Port of Richmond

On Monday, October 1, 2012, elected officials from nine localities gathered at Port of Richmond to discuss opportunities for regional cooperation elected officials from each of the region’s nine localities will gather to discuss opportunities for regional cooperation at the Port of Richmond during a special meeting of the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The meeting (media advisory) will feature a presentation by Jeff Keever, Senior Deputy Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, who will describe the progress being made at the Port of Richmond and outline future plans and activities. Mr. Keever is expected to make an announcement regarding the future expansion of the 64 Express operated by James River Barge Line.


Draft plan2035 Released for Public Comment

The RAMPO is seeking public comment public comment on the Richmond, Virginia 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Area Transportation Conformity Analysis draft report prepared by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The report contains air quality assessment to be used in plan2035: The Richmond Area Long-Range Transportation Plan and the FY12-15 Transportation Improvement Program.

Written comments may be submitted by fax, mail, or e-mail before 4:30 p.m. on July .


Richmond Region releases 2012 Legislative Agenda

On Wednesday, January 4, the RRPDC announced it 2012 Legislative Agenda during a breakfast reception with federal and state legislators.

The Region outlined seven legislative priorities for the Richmond Region as developed through a collaborative effort by members of the 33-member RRPDC Board.


Encore Disaster Survivor Day Planned for the Spring

Due to the overwhelming response to our first Survivor Day event, the Central Virginia UASI is pleased to offer a second disaster preparedness training for residents of the Richmond-Petersburg metro areas.  Date and locations to be announced.

Register today at www.survivorday.com or call 211.


Jefferson Davis Corridor Study

Each year the RRPDC performs a technical assistance project for one of the Region’s four larger jurisdictions. In 2011, Chesterfield County requested an economic study of the most distressed portion of Chesterfield’s Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. Route 1) Corridor. The commercial corridor currently lacks many services and retail options for residents and this study will support the county’s effort to identify economic opportunities.


Rivers of the Richmond Region: A Public Access Guide

The RRPDC recently published Rivers of the Richmond Region, a regional guide of public access points to the Appomattox, Chickahominy, Pamunkey and James Rivers.

The guide, which includes a map of the access points and descriptions of the amenities available at access point, was funded through a grant from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The map will be distributed to the public through local parks and recreation departments, river keeper and boat outfitters, selected tourism and visitor centers, libraries, river-based businesses, and river access points.


2012 RRPDC Legislative Breakfast - January 4

On Wednesday, January 4, the RRPDC will host a breakfast reception, where local elected officials will present legislative priorities for the Richmond Region as developed through a collaborative effort by members of the 33-member RRPDC Board.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the program at 8:00 a.m. (breakfast served by RSVP invitation).


The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is developing plan2035, the Long-Range Transportation Plan for the Richmond Region.

We invite all those who live, work, or play in the Richmond Region to get involved with the plan2035 process.


EDAC leads on disability awareness

On October 20, members of RAMPO's Elderly and Disabled Advisory Committee participated in a webinar entitled “Individuals with disABILITIES: Let’s Start with Awareness,” designed to raise awareness about issues that individuals with disabilities face on a daily basis.

The webinar, organized by Leadership Metro Richmond, the Community Idea Stations, RRPDC, and RAMPO, was the fouth in LMR's ongoing Start the Conversation series.

 

Start the Conversation: Focus on Disability Awarenesss Community Idea Stations.


The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is developing plan2035, the Long-Range Transportation Plan for the Richmond Region.

The plan2035 Advisory Committee has released a draft list of transportation projects being considered for the Richmond Region. Interested parties are encouraged to review the draft and complete the survey to help define the project list, which will be used to develop a financially-constrained regional long-range transportation plan by summer 2012.


Two alternatives presented for Route 5 Corridor Study

On September 29, over 125 residents attended the final public meeting of the Route 5 Corridor Study as the Study Team presented two transportation concepts for the corridor from 7th Street in downtown Richmond to S. Laburnum Avenue in eastern Henrico County.

Public comments on the two alternatives will be accepted through October 21, 2011. Interested parties should visit the Route 5 Corridor Study website to  complete the electronic questionnaire or download a printable copy that can be mailed in.

Related news coverage:  Richmond Times-Dispatch | NBC12


Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

       
     
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The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and the Crater Planning District Commission are seeking public input on the combined Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Resources:


Impact of the Governor's Transportation Funding Package on the Richmond Region

The Richmond Area MPO has released its analysis of the impact upon the Richmond Region of Governor McDonnell's  transportation funding package. A statewide analysis of the illustrative list of over 900 candidate projects revealed that the Richmond District only represents 1.8% of the statewide total.

During the 2011 General Assembly Session, RRPDC staff, working closely with with the GRCC and the Region’s legislative liaisons, alerted members of the Capital Region Caucus of the concern that the Richmond Region will receive disproportionate transportation funding.

Read more about the impact to the Richmond Region of the Transportation Funding Package or download the RRPDC analysis package.


CRC Launches Telephone Survey Seeking Feedback on Strawman Draft of Priorities

The Capital Region Collaborative has contracted with the Southeastern Institute of Research to conduct a telephone survey of residents in the Richmond Region to broaden the public feedback on the Strawman Draft of Regional Priorities.

FY 12 - FY15 TIP Public Review and Comment

The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking public comment on the draft Fiscal Year 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Richmond Region’s plan for advancing transportation projects toward construction over the next four years.

Additional Information |
Public meetings schedule | TIP FAQ's 
  MPO Information | Comment Form


Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

     
    Public Listening Session
    Date: Wed., May 11
    Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Appomattox Regional Library System
245 East Cawson Street
Hopewell, VA (
map)
       

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and the Crater Planning District Commission are seeking public input on the combined Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Resources:


Regional Water & Sewer Study

The RRPDC has released the first printing of a brochure entitled Richmond Regional Water & Sewer Inventory, which provides a broad overview of water and sewer services across the Region. The brochure is part of a project to create a regional planning tool by compiling baseline information regarding public water and sewerage systems throughout the Richmond Region.

Read more about the Regional Water & Sewer Inventory Project.


Local Aid Bill Unites Caucus

For the first time, all 15 delegates of the Capital Region Caucus jointly sponsored a bill requested by the RRPDC. HB 2364 clarifies the Code of Virginia to allow localities to more freely aid one another, regardless of whether an emergency is formally declared, by enabling localities to contract with each other to offer mutual assistance.

Read more about the Regional Water & Sewer Inventory Project.

Richmond Times-Dispatch article: "Planning district bill would ease regional cooperation"


RRPDC Presents 2011 Legislative Agenda during 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast

On January 4, the RRPDC hosted its second annual Legislative Breakfast where members of the RRPDC Board presented the Region’s state and federal legislative delegations with the 2011 RRPDC Legislative Agenda.

The legislative agenda reflects a strong statement of regional support for issues that are important to the Richmond Region.

Over 100 government, business, and community leaders of the Richmond Region attended the breakfast, including representatives of all five members of the federal delegation.

Full coverage| Additional coverage | Editorial


Leadership Metro Richmond moving to RRPDC offices

The RRPDC is pleased to announce Leadership Metro Richmond is moving to offices subleased from the RRPDC. LMR is a regional non-profit organization that "works to connect leaders with community engagement opportunities" and "seek(s) to increase leaders’ awareness and perspective about our region, to provide an environment for open dialogue and to inspire servant leadership, inclusion and collaboration."

Coverage in the Richmond Times-Dispatch


Capital Region Collaborative Launches New Websitee

The Capital Region Collaborative has launched an interactive website where readers can learn more about the extensive effort to develop priorities for the Richmond Region.

After viewing the site, be sure to complete the online survey to provide your feedback on the Strawman Draft of Regional Priorities.


RRPDC Adopts Resolution Supporting Low-Cost Carriers at RIC

At its November 11 meeting, the RRPDC Board passed a resolution calling on airline users to fly on RIC's discount carriers after Jon Mathiason, President and CEO of the Richmond International Airport, updated the board on the impact of low-cost carriers on airfares at RIC.

News coverage:


2011 Regional Legislative Agenda Adopted

On November 11, the RRPDC Board unanimously adopted the 2011 Regional Legislative Agenda. The annual legislative program requests 4 specific actions by state and federal legislators and includes 11 statements on issues that are legislative priorities for the Richmond Region.


Impact of Mixed Use and Mixed Income Development

Laura Lafayette, CEO of the Richmond Association of Realtors, presented two studies recently released by the Partnership for Housing Affordability which demonstrate that local jurisdictions would benefit by encouraging more mixed-use and mixed-income housing. (Read more...)


Public Comment Sought on Open-Road Tolling

The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking public comment on a proposed amendment to the 2031 Long-Range Transportation Plan and the FY09–FY12 Transportation Improvement Program to include Open-Road Tolling on the RMA Downtown Expressway project. Also proposed are adjustments to the conformity analysis year for seven projects. (Read the staff report)


Capital Region Collaborative the Focus of Public Square

On Wednesday, October 20, the Capital Region Collaborative was the focus of the Public Square forum entitled "Reinventing Richmond for the next generation" hosted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Collaborative Strawman Survey Available Online

The Capital Region Collaborative wants to your opinion! We are interested in your feedback on the Strawman Draft of Regional Priorities.

  • What priorities do you support?
  • Does anything on our list cause you concern?
  • What should be added?

Please take the time to complete the online survey.


Partnership with Richmond Region Energy Alliance

The RRPDC Board took action to add regional energy coordination to the RRPDC Work Program and accept an invitation to have a representative sit on the board of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA). (Read more...)


Open Road Tolling on RMA Downtown Expressway

The RAMPO Board took action to advance the proposed addition of open road tolling on the westbound lanes of the Downtown Expressway (DTE). Project construction should begin in April 2011 and the new open road tolling should open in April 2012. (Read more...)


Regional Transportation Priority Projects Adopted

The RAMPO Board adopted the 2010 Regional Transportation Priority Projects. The list of regional priority projects is submitted to the Commonwealth Transportation Board as a tool to assist in reviewing and allocating state and federal transportation funds in the Six Year Improvement Program. The list also supports efforts by local governments and regional partners to obtain federal and state funds for these priority projects. (Read more...)


Stimulus Funds Flexed to Purchase GRTC Buses

The RAMPO Board voted to amend the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) so that $3.12 million in surplus stimulus funds remaining from the Region’s ARRA projects would be directed to purchasing buses as part of GRTC’s replacement program. GRTC will purchase eight diesel busses or seven busses running on compressed natural gas. The funds were available after bids on three projects, to which RAMPO previously allocated ARRA funds, came in lower than expected.


Route 5 Corridor Study Public Workshop held on July 29

The Route 5 Corridor Study Work group held its first public workshop on July 29, 2010 at Varina High School.  Nearly 200 interested citizens listened to a brief presentation and then answered questionnaires and a visual preference survey.  Members of the consultant team and the Study Work Group were available to answer individual questions and engage in discussions concerning multimodal solutions for the corridor.  Visit the Route 5 Corridor Study website.

Related news articles: Richmond Times-Dispatch | Henrico Citizen


Comment on the State Bicycling Policy

VDOT is seeking public comment on the State Bicycle Policy Plan to influence the agency's provision of a multimodal transportation system that addresses the needs of non motorized users. Public comments will be accepted until Friday, September 17, 2010.



UPDATE:  Passenger Rail in the Richmond Region

RRPDC Communications Coordinator Chuck Gates, and Kevin Page, the Chief of Rail for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), briefed the RAMPO Board on the current status of the three passenger rail projects in the Richmond Region. The Washington, DC to Richmond Rail Improvements Project, Tier 2 Draft Environmental Impact Statement of the Richmond to Raleigh portion of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, and the Richmond/Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Project.


Collaborative Releases Strawman Draft of Regional Priorities

On May 13, the Capital Region Collaborative introduced the RRPDC Board to a Strawman Draft of Regional Priorities that will be presented to the public for comment. The draft priorities were compiled by the Collaborative based on feedback from 10 diverse focus groups. The Collaborative is embarking on an inclusive public process which encourages participation by all interested residents of the Richmond Region.


Transportation Innovation Showcase Event

On April 8, the RRPDC hosted "Transportation Innovation in the Richmond Region," a public showcase featuring interactive displays of transportation technologies currently in use or planned for the Region including a hybrid plug-in electric automobile, an electric motorcycle, Segways, and a new bus.


MPO Elects Henson as New Chair

At the May meeting of the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Board elected Edward L. “Ned” Henson as chairman for Fiscal Year 2011. Mr. Henson is a member of the Ashland Town Council. Timothy W. Cotman, a member of the Charles City County Board of Supervisors, was elected as Vice Chairman.


New Regional Socioeconomic Data Approved

The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization approved new 2008 base year socioeconomic data to be used for various regional planning purposes, including the regional travel demand model for developing future traffic forecasts in the Richmond Region. The data provides estimates of demographic data within small geographic areas called Transportation Analysis Zones.


Sustainable Transportation Initiative of Richmond

At the April meeting of the RRPDC Board, John W. Martin gave a presentation on behalf of the Sustainable Transportation Initiative of Richmond (STIR) outlining sustainable transportation systems for the Richmond Region.
Main Street Station Federal Appropriation

During its April meeting, the RAMPO Board endorsed the City of Richmond's efforts to secure a $1 million Congressional appropriation for the replacement of the roof at Main Street Station.


 
 
Public Hearings Scheduled for Southeast High Speed Rail

North Carolina, Virginia and the Federal Railroad Administration announce the completion of a draft environmental statement that is a key step toward implementing high-speed rail service in the two states and the Southeast.
Two public hearings are scheduled for the Richmond Region.  On July 20th a hearing will be held in the Virginia DMV Cafeteria, 1st floor at 2300 West Broad Street, Richmond and on July 21st a hearing will be held at Union Station, 103 River Street, Petersburg.  There will be an open house from 5-7 p.m. followed by the formal public hearing at 7 p.m.  Visit the project web site at www.sehsr.org for more information.


 
Resolution in Support of Move Over Campaign

At the April meeting of RAMPO, the Board adopted a resolution in support of the Virginia State Police campaign to create better public awareness of the Move Over law.


Overview of the MPO presented to the CTB

At the invitation of Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, RRPDC Director of Transportation and MPO Secretary Daniel N. Lysy made a presentation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).  The presentation "Overview of the MPO" provides background information on the MPO, a review of the regional planning and programming process, information on the MPO 2031 Long-Range Transportation Plan and the MPO Regional Transportation Priority Projects.


Regional Economic Development Strategy

The Board authorized RRPDC staff to lead a regional process to create a Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).  A regional CEDS is required for a community to be eligible for certain funding from the Economic Development Administration.


Regional eCivis license for RAFT

The Board voted to procure a regional license for eCivis®, a software and database system used to research and apply for government grants and private foundation funding.  The Regional Area Funding Team (RAFT), made up of grant personnel from all nine jurisdictions, recommended this system and anticipates that the number of grants awarded to the region will increase through its use.


Phase III of the Region’s Impervious Surface Inventory

Impervious surface downtown Richmond, VAThe RRPDC has completed Phase III of the Richmond Regional Impervious Surface Inventory by using the latest aerial imagery to digitize building footprints erected between 2002 and 2007 (map). The inventory is part of the Coastal Grant project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.


Local Composite Index Freeze

Acting on a request from the City of Richmond, the Board adopted a statement in opposition to the proposal to "unfreeze" the Local Composite Index (LCI).  The LCI is a formula used to determine state funding for public education. 
(Times Dispatch Article)


2010 Legislative Reception

On January 6, the RRPDC hosted its first Legislative Reception. Members of the RRPDC Board presented its 2010 Legislative Agenda to an audience of state and local elected officials, business leaders, and representatives of the Region's non-profit community. The event was covered by various print, and radio media.
Jimmy Barrett’s live interview with Bob Crum on WRVA 1140 AM
Richmond Times Dispatch article printed in the Thursday, January 7 edition
Richmond Times Dispatch editorial printed in the Sunday, January 10 edition


2010 Legislative Agenda

The RRPDC unanimously approved the 2010 Legislative Agenda at the December Board meeting. The Agenda contains 27 declarations of support or opposition on issues impacting the Richmond Region, which are divided into five topic areas – Governing Locally, Environment, Growth, Public Safety Funding, and Transportation.


RAMPO adopts Regional Transportation Priority Projects list

The MPO has adopted a Regional Transportation Priority Projects list,Map of Regional Priority Projects which will be submitted to the Commonwealth Transportation Board and Virginia Department of Transportation to assist them in allocating transportation resources. The list is a valuable asset for expressing regional support when seeking to obtain federal, state and other sources of funding.


 

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