VA

Spending smarter: lessons and opportunities for state DOTs

By Chris McCahill Two states that are changing how transportation investments are prioritized were featured recently on an SSTI webinar. Virginia just funded a third round of projects under its Smart Scale program, while Hawaii piloted its own SmartTRAC program with help from SSTI and Smart

TDM best practice: Shout out to Greater Richmond Transit Company

By Saumya Jain In an era of falling transit ridership and utopian sustainability goals, Richmond, Virginia, seems to have hit the nail on the head. With the introduction of a bus rapid transit (BRT) line and an overall bus system redesign, the GRTC has increased transit ridership in the region by

Variable speed limits effective along Virginia’s foggy highways

By Chris McCahill Fog can create deadly driving conditions, particularly in mountainous areas like those along I-77 near Virginia’s southern border. Fog along the 12-mile stretch of highway has led to hundreds of crashed vehicles and several deaths over the last couple of decades. In 2016, VDOT

Dynamic tolling benefits highway users in congested areas

By Michael Brenneis Congestion pricing is gaining a foothold in the management of highway vehicular travel, and with good reason. Congestion pricing, sometimes called demand-based pricing or dynamic tolling, is in the early stages of adoption by state DOTs as a congestion-management practice.

Accessibility in practice: A new guide from SSTI

By Chris McCahill The Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment recently released its new report, Accessibility in practice: A guide for transportation and land use decision making, developed by SSTI with several partners. The guide describes ways of measuring accessibility and, more

SmarterRoads: Virginia’s public-private transportation data sharing strategy

By Logan Dredske The Virginia Department of Transportation has launched a public cloud-based data portal that contains a vast array of state transportation data. The portal is named “SmarterRoads” and will be available to anyone who creates a free account. VDOT hopes that by creating access

Real-time travel information: Better for businesses, better for travelers

By Logan Dredske Real-time travel information on digital screens placed in popular gathering areas allows for more efficient time management by transportation users of all modes. Tysons Corner Center, a shopping center in northern Virginia, uses Traveler Information Displays (TIDs) that provide

Virginia’s SMART SCALE helped Hampton Roads improve its transportation projects

By Robbie Webber The December 12 edition of the Daily Press (Hampton Roads) features an editorial by Virginia DOT Secretary Aubrey Layne explaining how the state’s new project selection process, dubbed SMART SCALE, improved the way transportation projects are planned and developed. The

Trip-making data, TDM, and connectivity in Northern Virginia (SSTI and Michael Baker International, 2016)

Commercially available GPS data offers valuable new insight about trip origins, destinations, and routes, including short trips that travel demand models often cannot capture. Using this data, SSTI worked with Michael Baker International, the Virginia DOT, and local stakeholders to identify

Virginia drops retail fuel tax; states struggle with transportation funding

By Robbie Webber When Governor Bob McDonnell signed HB 2313 into law, Virginia became the first state to completely eliminate the retail fuel gas tax. It will be replaced by a 3.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline, a 6 percent tax on diesel, an increase in the cost to title a car, a $100 fee for