|2010: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy: Vision Hampton Roads - Infrastructure|
The â€śStrategic Componentâ€ť of the Plan of Action will address the long term strategy development for the enhancement of the big demographic, economic and environmental forces of: Infrastructure â€“ transportation, telecommunications, energy distribution.
Infrastructure with specific focus on transportation:
According to the Texas Transportation Institute, Hampton Roads ranks 16th among the 25 metro areas with populations between one and three million in terms of delay per peak period traveler. The unique system of waterways in Hampton Roads results in a transportation network that is heavily dependent on bridges and tunnels.
Aging infrastructure costs coupled with increased congestion pose an economic threat by potentially limiting commerce, deterring tourism and limiting the capacity of the port. That reality was a major theme discussed in nearly every working committee and Sub-committee meeting. For that reason, the Infrastructure component of Vision Hampton Roads will focus on transportation.
The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (http://HRTPO.org) is the intergovernmental transportation planning body for thirteen jurisdictions in Hampton Roads. Within Vision Hampton Roads, the HRTPO will be the lead organization on transportation. The HRTPO recently amended its 2030 Long Range Plan and began the process of an accelerated development of its 2034 Long Range Plan. Also, a Transit Vision Plan for Hampton Roads is in process and proposes that an integrated, high-capacity transit system will help address some of the regionâ€™s social, environmental, and economic challenges that are interrelated to land use and transportation planning.
As part of its planning process the HRTPO is developing a process for project prioritization that will analyze and rank projects according to three major criteria of utility, viability and economic vitality in the following categories: Highway Projects; Bridge/Tunnel Projects; Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects; Systems Management, TDM and Operational Improvement Projects; Transit Projects; and Intermodal Projects.
WHERE WE ARE.
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organizationâ€™s Hampton Roads Project Prioritization and Selection Process: Federal regulations require that the urban transportation planning process include the development of a long-range transportation plan, which identify transportation facilities that should function as an integrated metropolitan transportation system, giving emphasis to those facilities that serve important national and regional transportation functions. It is the responsibility of the HRTPO to establish regional transportation priorities within the HRTPOâ€™s planning boundaries that are equitable for all areas of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Area by means of instituting a methodology for a regional transportation project prioritization and selection process in an effort to improve the regionâ€™s long-range transportation plan.
The Hampton Roads Project Prioritization and Selection Process task was initiated in the summer of 2009 to assist the HRTPO Board with prioritizing transportation projects according to their technical merits and regional benefit, in light of scarce financial resources. This prioritization tool is based on the collective experience of other metropolitan planning organizations and localities, the eight SAFETEA- LU Federal Planning Factors, and the regional transportation goals and objectives. The purpose of tool is to develop a process by which policy makers are given a set of objective measures to identify the most practical and feasible transportation projects.
The prioritization methodology is based on a set of criteria and measures of effectiveness developed for three major components: Project Utility, Project Viability, and Economic Vitality. A projectâ€™s utility considers the projectâ€™s ability to solve an existing transportation issue, which could be correlated to congestion, safety, infrastructure condition, or ridership. A project viability level indicates the readiness of the project to be constructed based on available funding and completion of required documentation. The economic vitality component provides additional insight for a projectâ€™s ability to support regional plans for future development and economic growth of the region. Therefore, itâ€™s advantageous for policy makers to have the ability to develop an overall project prioritization process using information relative to utility, viability, and economic vitality. The Prioritization project is currently underway and scheduled for completion by mid 2010.
Identified by Tourism/Arts & Culture Sub-committee:
Strategy 4: Achieve an adequate transportation system to enhance regional mobility, facilitate ease of travel from outside the state and allow for full participation in the diversity of the Hampton Roads tourism and arts and culture experience upon arrival. (#1 Ranked Strategy)
Action 1: Address transportation by rail with the expansion of the current light rail project and encourage the possibility of higher speed rail to facilitate travel from the Northeastern corridor through to Southside Hampton Roads, along with improvements on the Peninsula. (#4 Ranked Action)
Action 2: Address transportation by roads and the constant congestion of the area and continue to investigate the possibility of additional Hampton Roads Harbor crossings. (#1 Ranked Action)
Action 3: Address transportation by ferries by ensuring continued service between Surry and Williamsburg and examine capabilities for crossing the mouth of the James River.
Action 4: Address air service development by monitoring and continuing to cultivate service with major airlines that feed airline service to Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and Norfolk International Airports.
Identified by Federal Sub-committee:
Action 1: Provide adequate surface connections (road and rail) to enhance regional mobility and access to federal facilities and to Washington, DC, recognizing infrastructure improvements create jobs and wages today and taking into account the safety of navigation, force protection and homeland security concerns of the Navy and other Federal agencies. (#5 Ranked Action)
Action 2: Enhance the connectivity required to improve telework/telecommuting opportunities in order to retain organizations, capabilities and investments owned, operated or funded by the Federal Government in Hampton Roads.
Identified by Port & Maritime Sub-committee:
Action 1: Provide adequate surface connections (road and rail) to enhance regional mobility and improve access to inland markets recognizing infrastructure improvements create jobs and wages today in order to maintain the Port as an economic engine for the Hampton Roads region, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation. (#3 Ranked Action)
Action 2: Meet the present and future needs of the Port of Hampton Roads through the provisions of safe, efficient and environmentally compatible commercial and military navigation systems and related land-based support facilities in order to maintain the Port as an economic engine for the Hampton Roads region, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.
Identified by Opportunities Sub-committee:
Action 1: Develop a long-term adaptation strategy for the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on Hampton Roads in order for Hampton Roads to be a region of excellence for environmental distinction.
Action 2: Utilize the strengths of the regionâ€™s modeling and simulation industry to develop tools to support regional leaders in developing climate change and sea level rise adaptation strategies in order for Hampton Roads to be a region of excellence for environmental distinction.
Action 3: Support transportation policies including investment in transit and programs that will promote more compact land use in order for Hampton Roads to be a region of excellence for environmental distinction. (#7 Ranked Action)
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