The body that approves funding across the Commonwealth of Virginia will meet this week at the Residence Inn on West Main Street in Charlottesville, steps away from a now-canceled project.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board will begin with a workshop at 8:30 a.m. that will feature a large amount of state-wide business. One item to watch is a discussion on the fifth round of Smart Scale, which is a mechanism that helps decide what transportation projects are funded. (workshop agenda)
The CTB will make a final decision in June, but here are three area projects currently in the running:
“We will conclude the interviews for City Attorney this week and my plan is to come to you for interviews in the intervening weeks so that you can make a decision at the next Council meeting,” Rogers said.
When Charlottesville Area Transit provided information for the current fiscal year in the early 2022, officials sent over an estimate. On April 3, 2023, CAT Director Garland Williams appeared before Council for an appropriation to bring the budget closer to the actual numbers.
“What you see before you is the operating side of the house for an additional $7,886,856,” Williams said.
In late 2019, the Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors agreed to end a public body known as the Planning and Coordination Council that met openly with University of Virginia officials to discuss the infrastructure needed for a growing community.
Charlottesville Area Transit is seeking a firm to help them run a pilot on-demand program for Albemarle County and have extended the deadline for bids to April 26. That’s one of several items in an addendum put out today to the request for proposals for a company to provide the service. (read the addendum)
The addendum also has answers to 41 questions asked by would-be vendors. Here’s some information that can be learned from this section:
Vendors will need to determine how many vehicles they will need to provide the service
Vendors will need to define what they consider to be a service disruption as part of their data reporting requirements
Vendors would not need to provide the service on Sundays
Vendors will need to provide a service and operations plan
The vendor will need to provide a call center to book a ride between 6:15 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.
CAT will provide uniforms to drivers under this service
Digital submissions will not be accepted for proposals
Albemarle County will decide whether to continue the service after the first year
Earlier in the meeting during a discussion of Albemarle’s Secondary Six Year Plan, Supervisors also learned about another project that will be paid for in part by TeleFee Funds, which are paid by utility companies to the Virginia Department of Transportation for placement of infrastructure in the right of way.
There’s a plan to connect Berkmar Drive to airport road north of Hollymead Town Center.
“Currently the road goes through at a roundabout at Timberwood Boulevard and stubs out shortly afterward but will connect to Airport Road and Lewis and Clark Drive at another roundabout,” said Alberic Karina-Plun, a planner with Albemarle County.
Some in this growing community might say that there’s a need for new road connections or improvements to the existing ones. Transportation planning is one of my favorite topics to cover, and please ask questions in the comments. There’s a learning curve.
At their meeting on April 5, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors got an update on several projects.
Work continues at the Virginia Department of Transportation to finalize a list of new transportation projects that will be funded through the Smart Scale process that’s currently in its fifth round.
3.4 Implement long-range plans to embrace multimodal connectivity
4.4 Integrate parks planning with multi-modal transportation planning across the County.
Ryan Davidson is the deputy chief of budget in Albemarle County.
“Here in the county we don’t operate our own separate transit system but rather are part of a larger regional transit network,” Davidson said at the March 29, 2023 Albemarle Board of Supervisors’ meeting. “And while we utilize two major regional service providers, the focus of our discussion today will be on those two providers (CAT and Jaunt) but there are several other regional partners such as the Afton Express and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission which play important roles in the network as well. “