Virginia, through the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, has a process of developing integrated, multi-modal transportation plans - both a long range statewide plan (VTrans 2035) and six year spending program. These plans bring together the modal agencies - Virginia Dept. of Transportation, Virginia Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation, Virginia Dept. of Aviation and Virginia Port Authority. As part of this process, over the 2008-2009 period, a series of policy studies were conducted concerning issues of safety, system preservation, freight, mobility, accessibility/connectivity, land use, regionalism, economic development, technology, congestion and environment. Virginia DOT acquired the TREDIS economic analysis tool and commissioned a study to assess the statewide economic impacts of its multi-modal transportation investment programs.
Beyond the statewide planning process, Virginia has also initiated continuing efforts to ensure the most effective use of transportation funds by expanding the analysis of economic impacts at the project and the program level. While Virginia has performed economic impact analyses for larger transportation project proposals, initiatives have now been taken to expand the application of the VDOT TREDIS model for broader programming and project selection processes. Most recently VDOT staff applied TREDIS to assess the likely economic impacts of a bridge rehabilitation effort affecting eleven bridges along interstate I-95.