Vermont Project Selection and Prioritization (VPSP2)

Overview

VPSP2 is a mechanism to identify, prioritize, and select state transportation capital improvement  projects on the federal aid system.

VPSP2's vision is to develop a performance-based, data driven project selection & prioritization framework that maximizes the “transportation value” delivered to Vermont taxpayers. This will be done through:

  • Providing a defined, consistent, and transparent process for selecting and prioritizing the projects that ultimately make up VTrans’ Capital Program
  • Providing  a mechanism for input from the RPCs and communities in the selection and prioritization of transportation projects.
  • Utilizing criteria that delineate the “transportation value” that potential and planned VTrans' projects will provide to the statewide transportation network.

 

This new process has been a collaborative effort between national, state, regional, and local agencies and interests. Participants include the Rural Planning Commissions, Vermont Department of Health, Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Community Commerce and Development, Vermont Emergency Management, Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vermont Center of Independent Living, the Vermont Rail Council, Vermont Truck and Bus Association to name a few.

VPSP2 seeks to understand the value that each project brings to the Vermont transportation network by scoring each against eight criteria:

  • safety
  • asset condition
  • mobility and connectivity
  • economic access
  • resiliency
  • environment
  • community
  • health access

This effort will encompass the five transportation modes of Highway, Rail, Transit, Aviation and Walkways Trails and Paths over several phases.

Eligibility

VPSP2 is a system that aims to develop a performance-based, data driven project selection & prioritization framework that maximizes the “transportation value” delivered to Vermont taxpayers. This helps to maximize the way transportation funding is used in Vermont.

VPSP2 is a data driven process and uses two main sources for understanding the transportation needs across the federal-aid transportation system. These are Vermont Agency of Transportation asset management systems and the Regional Planning Commissions' regionally driven transportation needs. In combination, these two sources evaluate each need across 8 criteria: safety, asset condition, mobility and connectivity, economic access, resiliency, environment, community, and health access. Additional information can be found in this presentation.

VPSP2, as stated above, depends on data and input from two primary sources, the Vermont Agency of  asset management systems and the regionally derived needs.   Together these two streams provide the transportation needs that will then be selected and prioritized within VPSP2. A brief overview of the regionally driven process can be found in the Qualifications Sheet Process Summary.

Eligible transportation needs must be on the federal-aid transportation network. Some examples of eligible needs are:

  • State highways and intersections, including safety improvements
  • State bridges
  • Town highway bridges

Some examples of needs that are covered under existing funding sources and therefore will not be eligible under VPSP2 are:

Schedule

VPSP2 is a process that will select and prioritize the various transportation needs within the major programs of Roadway, Traffic and Safety, Paving and Bridges on a two-year alternating cycle.

This alternating cycle will include Roadway, Traffic and Safety and Paving  in even calendar years and Bridges in odd calendar years.

As of September 2021,  VPSP2 is nearing completion of the first Phase 1 which addressed the Roadway, Traffic and Safety, and Paving potential needs and is  in the initial stages of Phase 2  will address Bridges potential needs.

Contacts

VPSP2 Questions?? Contact us at:

Vermont Agency of Transportation:

AOT.ProjectSelection@Vermont.gov

Regional Planning Commissions

This process and webpage are currently being beta tested in a two year pilot. The pilot will address the bridge, roadway, traffic and safety and paving programs. Please check back frequently for updates.