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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
May 5, 2016

Media Contact: Chuck Gates
(804) 323-2033

TPO allocates $160 million to
43 regional transportation priorities

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On May 5, 2016, the RRTPO allocated $160 million in RSTP and CMAQ funds to 43 transportation projects over the next six years in the Richmond Region.


 

 

2016 RSTP & CMAQ Allocations

 

 


 

 

RSTP & CMAQ Planning Process

 

 


 

Richmond, VA – On May 5, 2016, elected officials and transportation policymakers from the Richmond region united together to allocate $160 million to 43 transportation projects over the next six years in the Richmond Region. The vote by the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO) allocated funds from two regional transportation programs – over $113 million from the Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) and nearly $47 million from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program. Details on the 43 projects funded and tables outlining specific allocation amounts can be found using the links to the right.

The RRTPO is the federally-designated forum for regional transportation decision-making, planning, and programming. The agency’s policy board is the only transportation organization in the Richmond region that includes elected officials from all nine of the region’s localities, but it also includes transportation policymakers from regional, state, and federal transportation agencies.

The RSTP and CMAQ programs are federally-funded transportation programs designed to empower communities to cooperatively determine the future of transportation in a region. Although the federal funds are provided to and administered by the state, the project selection and allocation decisions of how to expend the funds are performed by locally-elected officials and transportation policymakers coming together as a regional council known as a metropolitan planning organization or transportation planning organization. The allocations adopted by the RRTPO on Thursday will be submitted to the Commonwealth Transportation Board and included in the FY17-FY22 Six-Year Improvement Program of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) provides states and regions with flexible federal funding that may be used for a wide variety of highway and transit projects. Regional STP funds are automatically suballocated to regional planning organizations within the State. The wide variety of RSTP investments in the Richmond Region support passenger and freight movement along the region’s surface transportation systems. The funds can be used to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on highways, bridges, tunnels, pedestrian facilities, bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects.

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program provides federal funding for transportation projects and programs that help improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. Projects must be located in areas that don’t currently – or previously didn’t – meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, carbon monoxide, or particulate matter. Portions of the Richmond region were previously designated as nonattainment, but now that the region’s air quality is in compliance, the region continues to qualify for CMAQ funds to ensure it remains in attainment. The federal government provides CMAQ funds to the Commonwealth of Virginia, which suballocates a portion for projects and programs selected by a regional metropolitan planning organization.

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. The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission provides staffing services to the RRTPO.

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The Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization is the federally-designated forum for regional transportation decision-making, planning, and programming, which allocated $24 million for regional transportation projects in 2016 and $160 million for 2017-2022. The agency’s policy board is the only transportation organization in the Richmond Region that includes elected officials from all nine of the Region’s localities. Policymakers from regional, state, and federal transportation agencies also sit on the board. 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. The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission provides staffing services to the RRTPO.



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