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Transportation

 

 

 

The New River Valley Regional Commission (Commission) provides transportation planning assistance across the region. Through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commission manages an annual Rural Work Program that is guided by a multi-jurisdictional Transportation Technical Advisory Committee. The Rural Work Program enables the Commission to offer a wide range of transportation technical assistance and services to the region.

The Rural Work Program is geared towards communities located outside of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) urbanized boundary. The map (second map shown below) identifies the urbanized parts of the region and highlights completed projects. Together, the Regional Commission and MPO are active partners in transportation planning.

In addition to providing transportation planning assistance, the Commission manages a variety of transportation programs and resources, including: Ride Solutions, NRV Trail Counter Program, NRV Cycling Guide, and the Regional Data Book. More information about these programs is provided below

 

RIDE Solutions provides alternative transportation options to residents living within the greater New River and Roanoke Valleys, and the Region 2000 regions of southwestern Virginia.  Through our free services, we partner with citizens and businesses to connect them with commuting options, beyond the single-occupancy vehicle, to access work and school. Transportation options include:

  • Ridesharing (carpooling and vanpooling),
  • Biking,
  • Public Transit,
  • Walking, and
  • Guaranteed Ride Home Services.

At ridesolutions.org, easily access biking and walking maps, find links to bus schedules, and get information on RIDE Solutions’ carpool matching service for the region’s commuters. There is also information for employers who are interested in extending employee benefits and contributing to the region’s environmental quality and physical well-being. Employers interested in learning more about what RIDE Solutions has to offer, please contact Christy Straight at 540.639.9313 or cstraight@nrvrc.org.

RIDE Solutions is a grant-funded program made possible through the partnership agencies of Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT), Roanoke-Valley Alleghany Regional Commission, New River Valley Regional Commission, and Region 2000 Local Government Council. 

Stay informed about the Commission’s transportation-related news, new carpool announcements, and lots more.

 


New River Valley Trail Counter Program

 

In 2014, the Commission purchased infrared trail counters to capture trail use information. The counters provide helpful insight into the average and peak daily usage. In addition, the data can be linked to economic data to determine local impacts. For example: according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (AT) website, most long-distance hikers spend about $1,000 per month. In May 2014, around 200 hikers passed through the region weekly – potentially spending $50,000 at local businesses to resupply in Pearisburg or Narrows.

Depending on the trail, the number of daily users ranged from 100 to more than 850. Trail volumes on the region’s most popular trails easily compare with many secondary roadways. The counters also record the time each user passes by, which can be compared to peak commuter traffic times. While many of the region’s trails are intended for recreational use, some also provide an alternative means of access to work, school, or frequent errands.

View the latest count information online here.  Also, submit your trail segment count ideas by contacting Zach Swick, Data Systems Manager, at zswick@nrvrc.org.


New River Valley Cycling Guide

 

In 2015, the Commission partnered with a team of local bicyclists to build onto a resource that was created nearly 20 years ago, Cycling in the New River Valley. The project entailed ground-truthing original routes and building onto the original guidebook. The final product features new and exciting interactive route maps, printable cue-sheets, and elevation tools. In addition, routes can be filtered by county, distance, and one-way or circuitous routes.

The new guidebook is featured in a mobile friendly website design that provides the most current route descriptions, turn-by-turn instructions, and overhead maps for more than 30 road rides, 58 optional/alternative routes, and nearly a dozen off-road rides. We hope that you will visit the site often and continue to use the Cycling in the New River Valley Guide.

View the Cycling in the New River Valley Guide here. Also, experienced local cyclists are encouraged to submit additional rides to Zach Swick, Data Systems Manager, at zswick@nrvcr.org.