Thursday, November 19, 2009

CTB approves Transportation Enhancement policy change

At their meeting today the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved proposed changes to the Transportation Enhancement Program policy that will provide more funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Starting in FY2013, VDOT will:
Apply any funding for new projects to those that promote core transportation function:
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Education
  • Landscaping and Scenic Beautification along Transportation Corridors (including streetscape improvements)
  • Preservation of Abandoned Railway Corridors and Conversion to Trails (traditional rails-to-trails and rails-with-trails projects)
An additional category was added to the list, Acquisition of Scenic or Historic Easements and Sites. The change will reduce the number of possible project categories from 12 to 5 and should significantly increase the funds available for bicycle projects.

Later in the meeting the CTB approved a major portion of the Virginia Capital Trail, that will stretch from Richmond to Williamsburg.

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