The Commerce Corridor Study
In June 2016, the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO) kicked off a regional transportation study in partnership with the Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive analysis of existing and future transportation needs and the prioritization of infrastructure investments along the Commerce Corridor. The Commerce Corridor study area centers on the Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) transportation node and the I-95 corridor from the James River crossing in the City of Richmond to Route 10 in Chesterfield County. In addition to OIPI, the RRTPO developed this work in partnership with representatives of the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Port of Virginia, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, VDOT Richmond District, and VDOT Central Office.
What is the Commerce Corridor?
The Commerce Corridor is defined by the mainline of I-95 and supporting
multimodal network south of the James River from the Maury Street
interchange in the City of Richmond to the I-95 at Route 10 interchange
in Chesterfield County (see map). The study area includes the
Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT), and significant industrial and
freight-intensive land uses, including many sites with potential for
development or redevelopment.
Why is the Commerce Corridor area significant to the Richmond Region?
The Port of Virginiaís 40-year lease with the City of Richmond to manage
and operate RMT has sent a strong signal to the private sector that the
Richmond Regionís primary port facility is open for business. The
potential exists for significant economic development and job creation
both inside the port gates, but most significantly throughout the
Richmond Region in the supply chain/logistics, distribution and
warehousing sectors. Recently released videos by the
Richmond-Times Dispatch and
TransportationTV highlight the opportunity RMT presents for the Port of
Virginia, the Richmond Region, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
What are the transportation challenges experienced along the Commerce
The Commerce Corridor is currently experiencing safety, congestion and
state of good repair challenges. Insufficient vertical clearances and
deficient interchange designs at multiple locations along I-95 limit
connectivity and accessibility to key regional freight activity centers.
In addition, deficiencies to the surrounding road and rail network range
from pavement condition, signals and operations, vertical clearances,
at-grade rail crossings, turning radii and geometrics, and capacity
What is the purpose of the Commerce Corridor Transportation Study?
The Commerce Corridor study was initiated with an understanding that
growth of RMT and surrounding areas as an inland logistics hub will
exacerbate current transportation issues, and require supporting
investments in infrastructure to safely and efficiently accommodate
future freight and passenger volumes.
The purpose of the project is to define a Vision, and develop short-,
medium-, and long-term transportation solutions in the corridor. The
Commerce Corridor has yet to be comprehensively studied to the extent
necessary to identify projects and justify investment through
competitive federal, state or regional transportation funding processes.