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Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is the body created by the Hampton Roads localities and appropriate state and federal agencies to perform the duties of an MPO under the federal regulations.

Voting representation on the HRTPO Board includes elected officials from the Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, and the Counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, and York; plus representatives from the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR), Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA), and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Non-voting board members include representatives from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), the Virginia Port Authority (VPA), the Virginia Department of Aviation (VDOA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The HRTPO Board continually assesses its membership to account for emerging trends or shifts in the area of regional transportation and may add other stakeholders as deemed appropriate.

The HRPDC provides staffing for the HRTPO to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities and to coordinate efforts with the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (HRT), Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA), and VDOT. The HRTPO's Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) provides review and recommendations on all regional transportation planning efforts.

Adaptation work: 

Sea Level Rise

The impacts from sea level rise and storm surge, extreme weather events, precipitation changes, higher temperatures and heat waves, Arctic warming, and other climatic changes are affecting the reliability and capacity of the U.S. transportation system. Sea level rise, coupled with storm surge, will continue to increase the risk of major coastal impacts on transportation infrastructure, including both temporary and permanent flooding of airports, ports and harbors, rail lines, transit facilities, and bridges.

Climate change impacts will increase the total costs to regional transportation systems and their users, but these impacts can be reduced through rerouting, mode change, and a wide range of adaptive actions. A critical step in devising adaptation plan is to assess vulnerabilities.

The HRTPO is committed—through partnerships and regional studies—to mitigating the impacts of sea level rise/storm surge on roadway infrastructure in Hampton Roads.

Regional Involvement in Sea Level Rise


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