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VACO Conference Transportation Programs Update. November 14, 2011 Gregory A. Whirley, Sr. Commissioner. To discuss today…. Local Government Survey Secondary System Maintenance Governor’s Transportation Package Local Program Updates Revenue Sharing Program

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Vaco conference transportation programs update

VACO ConferenceTransportation Programs Update

November 14, 2011

Gregory A. Whirley, Sr.


To discuss today
To discuss today….

  • Local Government Survey

  • Secondary System Maintenance

  • Governor’s Transportation Package

  • Local Program Updates

    • Revenue Sharing Program

    • Economic Development Access Program

    • Locally Administered Projects

  • Improving Communications with Local Government

Local government survey
Local Government Survey

  • General Information:

    • 2011 Local Government Survey

    • Sent out on behalf of Secretary of Transportation, Sean T. Connaughton

    • Two versions – one for localities that maintain their own roads, one for localities where VDOT maintains the roads

  • Major Points:

    • Intended to gauge the views of local government leaders on a variety of transportation topics

    • With the release of George Mason University’s secondary road study as well as other recent dialogue regarding transportation issues at the local level, there has been a great deal of speculation as to what changes may be pursued regarding local road issues.

    • Survey will be one of many tools used by the Secretary to evaluate potential approaches to address the local transportation issues.

Local government survey counties towns with vdot maintained systems
Local Government Survey (Counties & Towns with VDOT Maintained Systems)

  • Number of responses Counties = 124

  • Towns = 38

  • Administrators 50%

  • Elected Officials 25%

  • Senior Staff & Other 25%

  • Within MPO boundaries (Counties) 50%

  • (Towns) 20%

Local Government Survey (Counties & Towns with VDOT Maintained Systems)

Local Government Survey (Counties with VDOT Maintained Systems)

Maintenance performance targets for investments
MaintenancePerformance Targets for Investments

  • Due to increasing maintenance funds to interstate and primary pavements, paving work funded by ARRA, and six-year program, it is anticipated:

    • By June 30, 2012, will meet or exceed interstate pavement performance target

    • By June 30, 2013, will meet or exceed primary pavement performance target

    • Focus shifting towards improving the condition of secondary pavements

      • Investment to maintain interstate/primary target should be less than the current investment

      • Additional funding capacity could then be utilized for secondary pavements

Maintenance lane miles of paving
MaintenanceLane Miles of Paving

* Planned in 2011

Pavement performance rated fair or better
Pavement Performance% Rated Fair or Better

Performance Target (I & P) ≥ 82%


Components of governor s transportation funding package
Components of Governor’s Transportation Funding Package

  • GARVEE Bonds

    • Issuance of Direct Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles ($1.1billion)

    • Project financing that uses debt financing involving the payment of future Federal-aid Highway funds to retire the debt

  • Creation of a Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (VTIB)

    • Low interest loans and grants to qualifying transportation projects throughout the Commonwealth to help better leverage the dollars available for transportation

    • Initial capitalization at $283 million

    • Guidelines have been developed and are currently posted for comments

  • Accelerated sale of $1.8 billion in Previously Authorized Capital Project Revenue (CPR) Bonds (HB 3202)

    • Previously committed projects with CPR bonds as match, TPOF supported by bonds, or bonds as direct project allocations in FY2009-2011

    • Project phases that could be accelerated using CPR bonds as new allocations

  • Changes revenue sharing program:

    • – Increases the maximum state match from $1 million to $10 million.

    • – Removes the priority levels that were established for project allocation.

    • – Increases the maximum state allocation to the program from $50 million to $200 million.

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Components of Governor’s Transportation Funding Package

  • Funded critical Secondary System Projects in SYIP

    • 40 projects with nearly $200M in funding

  • Set Aside funding for new PE starts

    • Program 10 - 15% of the annual construction program for new preliminary engineering phase starts each fiscal year

  • Advance Project Delivery using Design-Build

    • Rte 29 Bypass

    • I-581/Valley View Interchange – Phase II

    • I-66 Active Traffic Management

    • I-64 Exit 91 Interchange Improvements

    • I-64 Zions Crossroads Interchange Improvements

    • 5 additional projects planned for advertisement in 2012

  • Fulfilled our federal commitment and secured additional federal funding

    • – Received $49.1M in additional federal obligations in September

Revenue sharing program
Revenue Sharing Program

  • Program Facts:

  • Significant changes based on 2011 General Assembly action

  • 50/50 matching program

  • Open to Counties and Cities and Towns in the Urban System

  • Program allocation up to $200M (change for FY12)

  • Max allocation of $10M per locality

  • FY12 Allocations:

  • Received requests for $131.5M

  • CTB allocated $103 million state matching funds (funded over two years)

  • FY13 Applications:

  • Applications were due on November 1st

  • Received requests for over $135M in state matching funds

  • Received requests from 58 localities

  • Currently evaluating requests and budget

  • Anticipate CTB action in the Spring

Eda program changes and results
EDA Program Changes and Results

  • 2009: CTB policy amended the Economic Development Access Program in response to economic conditions

    • Increased maximum unmatched allocation to $500,000 (up from $350,000)

    • Reduced capital outlay documentation requirement from 10% of access program funding to 5%

    • FY09 CTB allocated $754,500 to 2 projects

    • FY10 CTB allocated $2,652,000 to 5 projects

    • FY11 CTB allocated $3,779,500 to 7 projects

Locally administered projects
Locally Administered Projects

  • Core Curriculum Training

  • - Web-based training for local decision makers – 12 minutes

  • - Web-based training for project managers – 45 minutes

  • - Coming in 2012 – classroom training on various locally administered project topics

  • Local Assistance Division Newsletters

  • - Released every 4 months

  • - Valuable information on special programs and events

  • - Updates on locally administered program guidance

  • Local Assistance Division email updates

  • - Opportunity to receive email notifications when LAD updates website with revised guidance, letters to localities, or training opportunities

Focus on improving communication and relationships with local government
Focus on Improving Communication and Relationships with Local Government

  • Increase overall VDOT Customer Satisfaction

    • Developing strategies to upgrade Customer Service Center technology and processes

    • Conducting after-call surveys of Customer Service Center users

    • Evaluating use of GIS technology to communicate with citizens

    • Awarded new 511 Virginia Traffic Information contract in September, 2011

  • Evaluating Residency and District organization to better serve localities

    • Completing staffing of PIM organization-more stability

    • Residency Administrator instead of Residency Maintenance Manager – broader perspective and more flexibility

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VACO Conference Local GovernmentTransportation Programs Update

November 14, 2011

Gregory A. Whirley, Sr.