TRAVEL VIRGINIA

This report summarizes the results of a fifteen-month study to assess the feasibility of expanding Travel Shenandoah, a pilot rural ATIS service developed for Virginias Northern Shenandoah Valley, into a comprehensive, statewide service covering the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. It describes the concept of an umbrella statewide service made up of a series of independent, financially viable regional partnerships linked together through a single, central statewide travel information clearinghouse, and outlines the major lessons learned from the pilot Travel Shenandoah regional service that went live on April 26, 2000. Using seven primary evaluation criteria, it is concluded that the concept of a statewide service is both feasible and potentially of considerable value both to the traveling public and to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The seven criteria include: institutional and legal issues, technical considerations, potential business models, financial feasibility, availability of data, user acceptance, and partnership interest. A series of recommended Travel Virginia regions are described herein. The boundaries of these regions are determined by a combination of factors including the configuration of the highway system, local government boundaries, established VDOT Districts, State Police Divisions, Virginia Tourism Corporation and State Planning District Commission boundaries, as well as the areas served by local telephone and media companies. Attention is directed to the major functional and technical issues associated with the implementation of a comprehensive statewide service, together with the legal, regulatory, and procurement requirements that must be met by VDOT and other agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia in establishing any form of statewide traveler information service. Based on this analysis, three broad organizational options are discussed as the basis for supporting implementation of a long-term, statewide service. Each option is evaluated against a common set of criteria and a recommended option is identified. A proposed four-year implementation program is outlined. It discusses alternative business arrangements among regional partners, VDOT, and the central statewide Clearinghouse, and describes a recommended staged program of regional expansion. The program focuses initially on the completion of service along the entire length of the I-81 Corridor in Western Virginia followed by the I-66 and Route 29 Corridors. These are followed, in turn, by provision of service to the I-64, I-95, and I-70 Corridors and finally by service to the Coastal areas of Eastern Virginia, the Piedmont, and Southside Virginia

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    • Publication Date: 2000. National ITS Implementation Research Center, George Mason University, Fairfax VA. Format: website
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    National ITS Implementation Research Center

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  • Publication Date: 2000

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00962444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: PATH, NTL
  • Created Date: Sep 2 2003 12:00AM