The Commission is partnering with the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to develop a Regional Freight Plan. In October, the MPO’s Technical Advisory Committee utilized visualizations prepared by the Commission to identify the critical regional freight corridors.
The Ride Smart Challenge (formerly known as the Clean Commute Challenge) wrapped up at the end of May and recorded a big impact in alternative transportation!
Through the Ride Smart Challenge 4,369 trips were logged taking a total of 73,283 miles off the road! By reducing the number of cars on the road, we were able to avoid 58,626 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Commission is working with partners from Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech to share transportation, land use, and infrastructure plans. A series of planning group discussions focused on the Prices Fork Road Corridor, from US Route 460 Bypass to McCoy Road.
The middle of May is known for Damascus Trail Days. While many Appalachian Trail hikers make it a point to be in Damascus, VA for the celebration, many continue their hike weeks and even months afterwards. In fact, approximately 200 hikers traveled into the Town of Pearisburg each week, between May and June of last year.
Transportation planners, engineers, program managers, and local cyclists met on September 16, 2016 for a Multi-Regions Alternative Transportation Social. The purpose of the event was to share best practices in planning, highlight local success stories, and provide networking opportunities for those interested in alternative transportation.
The New River Valley Passenger Rail Study was chosen to receive a 2016 Excellence in Regional Transportation Planning Award. Each year the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) recognizes noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan areas that help meet regional needs through various program areas.