On June 16-17, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) met and heard updates from state transportation agencies. Most notable among the reports given was the update on the HB 2 the process (the statewide prioritization process for project selection).
The Secretary of Transportation’s office reported to the board that public outreach on the process has and will continue to include 27 CTB hearings, meeting with every single metropolitan planning organization (MPO), and stakeholder sessions in each transportation district. In terms of eligibility, only local governments may submit projects for consideration, the project must be located within the boundary of the relevant local government, and local governments may submit a joint application for projects that cross the boundary of a single local government. There was also an recommendation on the how the factors of each project should be weighed. From meetings with MPOs and regional planning district commissions the Secretary’s office provided recommendations on how HB 2 process factors should be weighed. The CTB subsequently took action and approved the factor weighing recommendations.
A chart of these recommendations can be found on page 7 of the HB 2 Update Report. The full report can be found here.
VACo Contact: Beau Blevins