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The Future of Transportation in Virgina

The Virginia Department of Transportation conducts numerous projects and studies to determine the need, costs and impacts of proposed highway projects across the commonwealth. These projects are financed through the Six-Year Improvement Program. Read article

Environmental Programs

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has numerous programs to ensure the future of the commonwealth's natural and historic resources. Read article

Bicycling and Walking in Virginia

The Safe Routes to School program was created to assist interested localities, schools and non-profit groups to make bicycling and walking to school both safer and more appealing to children. Read article

Neighborhood Traffic Programs

Since the late 1980s, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has been concerned with neighborhood traffic problems in the commonwealth. VDOT offers five options under the umbrella of a Residential Traffic Management Program, to assist localities in solving traffic problems in their neighborhoods and subdivisions.
Neighborhoods, through their local governing bodies, are encouraged utilize these tools to address traffic problems on their streets and highways. Read article

Safety Corridor

More than 900 people die on Virginia’s highways each year. To help save lives, the 2003 Virginia General Assembly directed the Virginia State Police, Department of Motor Vehicles and the Virginia Department of Transportation to create a Highway Safety Corridor program that addresses safety in high-crash locations on interstate and primary roads. Read article


A Wedge Analysis of the U.S. Transportation Sector

Recently, there has been increasing interest in the potential of vehicle technology, fuels, and travel demand management (TDM) to reduce GHG emissions and petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.
However, comparative analysis of these three approaches can be particularly challenging due to the different time horizons for each approach, the large number of options available, and the interactions between approaches. article

A Guide to Reporting Highway Statistics

A Guide to Reporting Highway Statistics is a principal part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA)
comprehensive highway information collection effort. The Congress recognized the need for information to support
highway policy development and created the Office of Road Inquiry in the Department of Agriculture in 1893. As early as 1904, the Federal Government began inquiring about highway taxation, sources of revenue for highways, and highway expenditures. article


Travel on all roads and streets changed by-1.4%(-3.1 billion vehicle miles) for February 2013 as compared with February 2012. Travel for the month is estimated to be 214.6 billion vehicle miles. Brief

National Transportation Statistics- Bureau of Transportation Statistics

National Transportation Statistics presents statistics on the U.S. transportation system, including its physical components, safety record, economic performance, the human and natural environment, and national security.  This is a large online document comprising more than 260 data tables plus data source and accuracy statements, glossary and a list of acronyms and initialisms. article

System Mileage Within the United States - Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Data represent miles of road owned (aggregate length of road, excluding yard tracks, sidings, and parallel lines). report