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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.



 

Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 2, 2014

Media Contact: Chuck Gates
(804) 323-2033

Regional transportation policy agency
adopts new name

MPO to operate as the
Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization

Richmond, VA – On Thursday, October 2, 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.

Following an internal assessment of the organization’s abilities in 2013, then-chairman David Williams, a member of the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors, proposed various changes to enhance the RRTPO’s standing in the community and clarify its role in prioritizing and funding transportation projects in the greater Richmond metropolitan area. Current Chairman Manuel Alvarez, a member of the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors, continued the reform effort when he began his term in July of this year.

The RRTPO policy board has long been the only transportation organization in the Richmond Region that included elected officials from all nine of the region’s localities, but the new bylaws require its member localities only designate locally-elected officials as voting members. Previously, staff from the region’s localities outnumbered locally-elected officials both in membership on the board and attendance at board meetings. To better provide an effective forum for regional transportation policymaking discussions, the new bylaws of the RRTPO require voting representatives of the nine member localities to be locally-elected officials. Not only does this requirement comply with Federal Highway Administration regulations, it reserves the responsibility for allocating large sums of tax dollars to local elected officials. The only unelected voting members of the RRTPO are those policymakers representing regional transportation providers and state and federal transportation funding agencies.

Votes on the RRTPO policy board continue to be allocated on a sliding scale, with the most-populated localities having as many as four votes and the smallest localities only one. While the voting weight of each locality was not modified, the new bylaws allow each local governing body to delegate its respective votes to its representatives either as a block or according to the previous system of one vote per representative.

These new policies build upon efforts to increase the value of the content of the policy board’s monthly meetings. In the past, meetings of the RAMPO policy board were overwhelmed with technical complexities and regulatory formalities. Over the past year, the board has relied on its Technical Advisory Committee comprised of local staff and representatives of the Virginia Department of Transportation to comprehensively review technical issues. These items are placed on the consent agenda of meetings of the policy board to free up time for deeper conversations regarding regional transportation policies and issues.

Federal law requires RRTPO-approval of all federally-funded transportation projects in the Richmond Region. The RRTPO maintains a list of priority transportation projects for the Richmond Region for submission to and coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

In addition to advocating on behalf of regional transportation priorities, the RRTPO directly allocates regional transportation funds that are raised through federal transportation legislation that automatically returns federally-collected funds to metropolitan regions for allocation by metropolitan planning organizations. Last spring, the RRTPO allocated $23 million for regional transportation projects in 2014 and $140 million for 2015-2020. Notable examples of regional priorities funded and advocated by the RRTPO include the Huguenot Bridge, Floyd Avenue Bike Boulevard, intelligent signalization in Henrico and Richmond, the 64 Express barge service to the Port of Richmond, and the restoration of Main Street Station.

For more information on the RRTPO, please visit www.RichmondRegional.org/MPO.


The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission is an intergovernmental agency that facilitates collaboration among the nine local jurisdictions in the Richmond Region. The RRPDC serves as the staff to and fiscal agent of the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization. Formerly known as the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the RRTPO is the federally-designated forum for regional transportation decision-making, planning, and programming. The RRTPO is comprised of the City of Richmond, Town of Ashland, and all or part of the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.


 



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