The Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment held a VTrans Regional Forum on January 24, 2014 across five locations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VTrans meeting notice is here.
The stated purpose of the meeting was “Performance-Based Planning and Programming (PBPP) – what is it, how it applies to transportation, and who is doing what at the national, state and local levels – especially here in Virginia. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss how we can better advance and coordinate PBPP in Virginia, within the framework of VTrans and the emerging MAP-21 guidance. The meeting will rely on a format that alternates between web-based presentations and group discussions in each location. At the end of the meeting, the individual meetings will share highlights from each discussion via the web. The outcome of this meeting will be twofold – to help advance how we coordinate PBPP in Virginia – and to help shape a Guidebook and Webinar on best practices for PBPP in the Commonwealth.”
RAIL Solution did not attend this meeting but David Foster, our Executive Director, submitted comments in an effort to stress our view that it is vital that the Commonwealth employ a uniform and rigorous method and procedure for evaluating and prioritizing proposed transportation projects.
See our comments letter here: [wpdm_file id=17]