|Programs of Hampton Roads Partnership - Transportation|
A transportation system, which efficiently uses land resources and enables easy movement of people and goods, enhances the economy and improves the quality of life in the Hampton Roads region. The transportation indicators measured on HamptonRoadsPerforms.org help to assess the progress that the region is making in transportation and understand the key factors that influence transportation.
Advocate for a regional transportation system that enables easy movement of people and goods, efficiently uses land resources, enhances the economy and improves our quality of life.
Traffic Congestion – Traffic congestion is a headache for commuters and has a negative impact on the delivery of goods and services. A well-planned transportation infrastructure is valuable to an economy because it facilitates the mobility of goods and services, but congestion increases the cost of mobility to everyone and reduces the efficiency and condition of the roadways. The ability to move goods and people around the region at relatively low cost contributes directly to the well-being of citizens, and also reduces the total cost of the goods and services they receive. These lower costs result in savings to consumers and higher profits for businesses, drawing more business and investment to the region.
Land Use – A balanced land development strategy weighs the benefits of economic development with the costs of changing land use. There are both benefits and costs to new land development. New developments are a sign of economic growth and prosperity, as they provide much needed housing, jobs, and economic revitalization. New developments can also place burdens on existing infrastructures and services, increase congestion and pollution, and potentially result in a loss of farmland and open fields. A balance between housing and jobs in an area provides the opportunity for individuals to live closer to work and maintain shorter commutes. High-density housing can provide enough passengers for efficient transit usage; and when good public transit is provided and used, traffic congestion can be reduced. On the other hand, low-density housing can exacerbate congestion by increasing commuting distance and decreasing public transportation options.
Public Transit – Public transit refers to the services that transport members of the general public along designated routes such as bus, rail and air. When properly instituted and managed, effective public transit services can provide a cost-effective and reliable alternative to driving. Public transit has the potential to reduce the number of people using personal vehicles as their primary source of transportation, thereby helping to lessen environmental damage, alleviate traffic congestion and reduce commute times.