Next Meeting Date: September 2016
The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) and its education and industry partners observed that lack of transportation is a chief barrier to education and employment in the Southern Virginia region. Citizens are faced with limited options for travel within and across the region, which includes the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottaway, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward, with major activity centers in South Boston, Danville and Keysville. Existing transit operations are geographically limited, on-demand, and/or serve limited segments of the population.
In response, SVHEC leadership approached the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transport to request assistance with a feasibility study to determine the need and potential for a regional fixed route public transit system in Southern Virginia that would connect existing local transportation systems and bridge the gap to mobility across the region. With matching support from the Southern Virginia Educational Foundation, the SVHEC and the VDRPT launched the feasibility study in January 2016. The project engaged the KFH Group, headquartered in Bethesda, MD to conduct the feasibility study and prepare a comprehensive report of the findings.
Project Goals and Objectives
Goals of the feasibility study are to:
1) Determine how to connect citizens with resources including employment, healthcare and regional education and training centers located in South Boston, Danville, and Keysville.
2) Identify the region’s mobility needs; and
3) Connect this proposed system with already established rural public transit operations in the region.
Project Team Members
Dr. Betty Adams. SVHEC Project Director
Patty Nelson, SVHEC Chief Finance & Operations Officer
Susan Wilborn, SVHEC Asst to the Exec/Proj. Director
Nick Britton, VDRPT Statewide Manager of Transit Planning
Joel Eisenfeld, KFH Group Senior Transportation Planner
Elizabeth “Lib” Rood Senior Transportation Planner
Latisha Johnson, KFH Group Transportation Analyst
Patrice Traken, VRDPT Grants Manager
Catherine Stevens, SVHEC IES/Grants Management
For more information about the Southern Virginia Transportation Feasibility Study, please contact Dr. Betty Adams at 434-572-5551 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.