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Transportation Planning 2016-12-20T22:15:45+00:00

With growing population throughout the Thomas Jefferson Planning District, and decreasing funding, it becomes increasingly important to make smarter choices about our transportation options. The ideal options provide a balanced transportation system integrating all travel modes and complementing environmental, economic, and community development goals. The TJPDC’s transportation programs strive to achieve these goals.

Organized for the City of Charlottesville and the urbanized area of Albemarle County immediately surrounding the City, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for carrying out continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning and programming process. The MPO coordinates the transportation planning activities of the various transportation-related agencies that have both a direct and indirect impact on the Long Range Plan and Transportation Improvement Program.

Visit the MPO website

The Rural Transportation Planning Program functions as a cooperative forum for transportation planning among the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT), transportation service providers, and the counties of Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Albemarle.

While the Metropolitan Planning Organization has authority over the urbanized areas of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville, the Rural Transportation Planning Program focuses on the region’s rural areas.

Visit the Rural Transportation page 

RideShare is a program of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission in cooperation with the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, working to reduce traffic congestion and increase mobility throughout Central Virginia and the Central Shenandoah Valley.

RideShare offers free carpool and SchoolPool matching, vanpool coordination, and operates the Guaranteed Ride Home program to provide free rides home in an emergency.

RideShare also works with employers to develop and implement traffic reduction programs, and market the region’s Park and Ride lots.

Visit RideShare’s website

As a portal to the Cycling Program at the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, Bike Central Virginia is a local resource for cycling related information in Central Virginia. With the goal of collecting and presenting an archive of cycling related content, we hope to provide a valuable online resource for cycling enthusiasts throughout the region.

Visit the Bike Central Virginia page