Evaluating Transportation Projects

Evaluating Regionally Significant Transportation Projects

As part of SB 1785 (2019), reporting responsibility as required by HB 599 (2012), transferred from VDOT to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority on July 1, 2019. HB 599 requires significant transportation projects in Northern Virginia to be evaluated and rated before NVTA adopts its funding programs. Each project’s evaluation and rating is based on the project’s expected impact on reducing congestion, and to the extent possible, the project’s expected improvement in regional mobility during a homeland security emergency. Projects evaluated include highway, mass transit and technology projects.

While the project ratings are used during NVTA’s funding cycles, they are based on analysis conducted for TransAction, the region’s long-range multimodal transportation plan, which is developed and maintained by NVTA. The current version of TransAction was adopted in October 2017, and the plan is updated on a five-year cycle. The Call for Regional Transportation Projects for NVTA’s next funding program (using FY2024 and FY2025 revenues) was posted on July 1, 2019. Prior to adoption of this funding program in June 2020, updates will be posted on this website at least every six months.

April 2, 2020 Update
**Note: all dates below are subject to change due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.**

41 applications are currently under evaluation as part of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s FY2020-2025 Six Year Program, which is expected to be adopted by the Authority in July 2020.  Information on these applications is summarized on the Authority’s website.  Project evaluations, which comprise a combination of quantitative and qualitative factors, were released by the Authority for a public comment period that commenced on March 13, 2020 and will continue through May 24, 2020.  During the public comment period, the Authority will host a Public Hearing on May 14, 2020.

Specifically, the TransAction Project Ratings (previously HB 599 ratings), and associated ranks, are summarized in this document.  The methodology is described below.

The aforementioned TransAction Project Ratings utilized the 15 weighted performance measures used to evaluate the TransAction Plan (see page 3). The 15 performance measures included the seven original measures used for the HB 599 process (with a combined weighting of 45 percent) applied during evaluation of projects for the Authority’s FY2015-16 and FY2017 Programs. (Note: The HB 599 process was not required for the Authority’s FY2014 Program.) Individual TransAction Project Ratings for each of the 41 eligible projects in the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program, were calculated using the TransAction simulation model for horizon year 2040. Two versions of the 2040 multimodal transportation network were modeled:

  • The 2040 ‘No Build’ network, including projects under construction or fully funded;
  • The 2040 ‘Build’ network, which additionally included the 41 eligible projects.

The rating for each project was based on a comparison of the two model runs.

January 2, 2020 Update
41 applications are currently under evaluation as part of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s FY2020-2025 Six Year Program, which is expected to be adopted by the Authority in June 2020.  Information on these applications is summarized on the Authority’s website. Project evaluations, which comprise a combination of quantitative and qualitative factors, will be released by the Authority for a public comment period that is expected to commence in mid-March 2020 thru the end of April 2020.  During the public comment period, the Authority will host an Open House and Public Hearing.  This website will be updated when the project evaluations are released in early March 2020.

Visit VDOT’s website for previous postings on this matter.

Prior to July 1, 2019: Evaluating Significant Transportation Projects