SMART SCALE

What is SMART SCALE?

Transportation resources are scarce. To distribute limited state transportation funds fairly,
transparently, and effectively, Virginia created a scoring method to determine which transportation
projects should receive state funding. MPOs, localities, planning district commissions, and transit
agencies submit projects for state funding consideration. Projects that score the highest are most likely
to receive state funding. The scoring method is known as SMART SCALE, which is an acronym. SMART
stands for: System for the Management and Allocation of Resources for Transportation. SCALE conveys
the key factors used in evaluating a project’s merits: safety, congestion reduction, accessibility, land use,
economic development, and the environment.

How are transportation projects selected for state funding?

Submitted projects are individually and objectively scored based on the project’s impact on specific key factors: safety, congestion reduction, accessibility, land use, economic development, and environmental impacts. After the projects are scored, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) selects the
projects that will receive state funding and includes these projects in the state’s Six-Year Improvement
Program (SYIP).

What are the steps of the selection process?

In a nut shell, localities and entities like FAMPO’s Policy Board determine which of their transportation projects are eligible for SMART SCALE. They then submit their eligible transportation project applications to the state. Next, the state scores and prioritizes submitted projects. Finally, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) uses the scores to select the right projects for funding. The projects are included in the Six-Year Improvement Program and are fully funded through construction.

What is the score based on?

SMART SCALE scores are determined for each transportation project. Scores are calculated by considering how the project impacts the following factors: safety, congestion mitigation, accessibility, environmental quality, economic development, land use and project cost. These factors are weighed differently based on the SMART SCALE category of a region. For a complete understanding of how projects are scored, visit the SMART SCALE website, here.

FAMPO signed a resolution in November 2019 requesting the state move FAMPO from category A to category B which means the factors above will be weighed differently than in the past. Studies have shown this switch will improve our project scores.

What is a SMART SCALE "round?"

A “round” refers to one full SMART SCALE cycle. Currently, there are two years between cycles.  SMART SCALE is fairly new, so round numbers are low. We are currently in round five of SMART SCALE.

Staff are currently working on pre-applications for round 5. View the latest presentation to learn more. For questions, email Matthew Lehane at Lehane@gwregion.org 

Round 4 Project Submissions

Listed below are the transportation projects that have been submitted to the state for SMART SCALE Round 4 consideration for areas within the George Washington Planning District 16. The state has finished scoring these projects and the projects which scored high enough to likely received funding are indicated by a red asterisk.

  • View all project scorecards and project details here. Fredericksburg District projects start on page 83.
  • You can learn more about SMART SCALE funding for Round 4 here.
  • Next steps: The state will hold a public hearing on proposed funding decisions in April or May, no details have been confirmed.

Round 4 project Submissions

* Indicates the project will likely receive state funding. 

Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

  1. Route 208 Operational and Multimodal Improvements *
  2. Exit 126 STARS from SMART SCALE Round 3 with VRE Feeder Bus from Rte208 PNR Lot to Fredericksburg VRE *
  3. Garrisonville Road Widening
  4. Lafayette Blvd Study Multimodal Improvements with Transit and Bike/Pedestrian *

George Washington Regional Commission

  1. US 17 Bus STARS Study Improvements *
  2. US-1 Turn Lane Extension & Shared Use Path (STARS)
  3. Onville Road Widening 
  4. US-301/Rte 207 Study Crossover Improvements

City of Fredericksburg

  1. Gateway Boulevard, extended
  2. U.S. Route 1 STARS improvements- Augustine Avenue Intersection *
  3. U.S. Route 1 STARS improvements
  4. Idlewild Blvd to VCR Trail Connector *

FREDericksburg Regional Transit

  1. Transit Vehicles
  2. Transit Accessibility/Stop Improvements
  3. Transit Pedestrian and Transit Improvements

Stafford County

  1. Shelton Shop Road Improvements
  2. Mountain View Road Improvements (Choptank Road to Stefaniga Road)
  3. Mountain View Road Improvements (Stefaniga Road to Kellogg Mill Road)
  4. US 1 & Layhill Road Improvements *

Spotsylvania County

  1. Rte 2/17 Widening from City Line to Shannon Airport Area *
  2. Harrison Road VCR Trail
  3. Rte 1/208 Area Multimodal Improvements
  4. Rte 1/208 Area Multimodal and Revitalization Improvements *

King George County

  1. Route 206/Route 610 (Indiantown Road) Roundabout Intersection
  2. US 301 and Route 206 Quadrant Intersection
  3. US 301 and Port Conway Lane Improvements
  4. US 301 and Route 205 Median U-Turn

Caroline County

  1. Improvements for CHS/CMS/County Park
  2. Rt. 207/639 Improvements
  3. Rt. 207/722 Improvements
  4. Town of Bowling Green & US 301 Improvements *

 

SMART SCALE Report Including Round 3 Outcomes

View FAMPO SMART SCALE and Major Projects Report 2016- 2019

Round 3 Interactive Map 

Interactive map showing SMART SCALE Round Three outcomes. Best viewed on a computer screen or large tablet.