The Commonwealth Transportation Board will conduct nine public meetings across the state in November 2015 to give stakeholders the opportunity to review and provide comments on transportation projects and priorities. Specifically, information will be provided on projects submitted for consideration through the House Bill 2 (HB2) prioritization process. I will co-host this meeting with our local CTB representative John Matney and Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. We want to build on the efforts from last year’s fall meetings, and it is important that we hear from you and your constituents about those projects you feel are the highest priority for the state’s limited transportation funds.
The public meeting for citizens in our region will be held on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Holiday Inn, 3005 Linden Drive, Bristol, VA. Our format will be a little different from last year’s meetings. This year’s meetings will consist of an Open House format beginning at 4:00 p.m. where attendees can review and provide feedback on the projects submitted for consideration for both the High-Priority Projects Program and the Construction District Grant Program during HB2 application phase. Then at 5:00 p.m., following the Open House, an opportunity to engage with the Secretary will be provided in a town hall style format for the public and transportation stakeholders. These meetings are intended to be interactive; there will be no formal public comment. Meeting materials will be available on the web at http://www.virginiadot.org/2015fallmeetings November 2.
Representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, and Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships will be available to provide information on current initiatives and to answer any questions.
I encourage you to come and speak with our transportation agency representatives. If you cannot attend the meetings, you may send your comments to Infrastructure Investment Director at 1401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219 or e-mail them to Six-YearProgram@vdot.virginia.gov by December 11, 2015. Comments on rail and public transportation projects may be sent to DRPT Public Information Officer at 600 East Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond, VA 23219 or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I truly appreciate your participation at this session. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please contact me at (276) 696-6284.