At the January Virginia CTB meeting, the Secretary of Transportation's office released the scores and state rankings for the transportation projects that were submitted for funding under HB2. Five project applications were submitted for projects within the HRMPO Region representing $140,260,319 in requested funding. Under the Recommended Scenario, three of the five projects are recommeded for funding.
Following its passage in the Senate and Congress, President Obama signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law on Friday, December 4, 2015. The FAST Act funds projects for the next five years - the first long-term transportation spending program in ten years. It marks an end, for now, to the short-term extensions and funding patches that have hindered transportation planning and project delivery for the past six years.
The 2015 Harrisonburg & Rockingham Bike-Walk Summit was held on November 13, 2015. Once again the event was a tremendous success. The Summit is sponsored by the HRMPO and the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC), in partnership with the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Information from this year's event has been posted on the SVBC website (http://svbcoalition.org/bike-walk-summit/).
The first-of-its-kind Inter-Regional Transit Study is underway which will evaluate potential bus service between the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Charlottesville. Coordinated by the CSPDC, the study brings together two Planning Districts, three MPOs, two major universities, four transit services, and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (HRMPO) was established in 2003 and is the regional transportation planning organization that provides support for multimodal transportation projects in the City of Harrisonburg, the Towns of Bridgewater, Dayton, and Mt Crawford, and the surrounding portions of Rockingham County.