The Development of a Methodology for Transportation Safety Planning in Virginia

Report No: 80-R35

Published in 1980

About the report:

Senate Bill 85, passed by the General Assembly in 1978, renamed the former Highway Safety Division of Virginia the Department of Transportation Safety (VDTS) and authorized it to assume control over safety activities in all modes of transportation. This volume is the first attempt at formulating a methodology for transportation safety planning. Future transportation safety plans will become annual documents which identify long-range goals, analyze current problems, and offer planned solutions for non-highway transportation mode* problems. This initial document presents a current overview of the Commonwealth's programs and safety activities in water, air, rail and mass transit transportation. Future programs and federal sources of funding are discussed. The report is designed to provide an indication of safety problems and propose some possible solutions to these problems. Finally, this document establishes guidelines for use as an aid in future transportation safety planning in Virginia. *It should be noted at the outset that it is recognized that most mass transit activity in Virginia utilizes rubber-tired vehicles travelling by highway. However, for purposes of simplicity, this report refers to all of the above cited transportation modes as "non-highway".

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Clinton H. Simpson, Amy J. Plevin

Last updated: January 25, 2024

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