SMART SCALE

What is SMART SCALE?

SMART SCALE stands for System for the Management and Allocation of Resources for Transportation. Applications for funding for transportation projects are scored by the state to fairly determine how the state will distribute certain transportation funds. Importantly, SMART SCALE prioritization and funding does not apply to all transportation projects. Only projects submitted for SMART SCALE funding by localities and organizations like FAMPO go through the SMART SCALE scoring process. Because localities and organizations like FAMPO only get about four project applications per round, the majority of transportation projects do not go through the SMART SCALE prioritization/scoring process. 

How are transportation projects selected for state funding?

The state of Virginia uses SMART SCALE to objectively select transportation projects for applicable state funding. The SMART SCALE scoring system allows for a transparent project selection process.

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 four of SMART SCALE.

What projects have been approved for the Fredericksburg region?

You can find all approved SMART SCALE transportation projects by using this interactive map

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. The state is now in the process of validating and screening these projects. In total, projects in the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Fredericksburg District are requesting $377,688,000 in state funds. The 36 project submissions for the VDOT Fredericksburg District include 7 bike and pedestrian projects and 29 highway projects. No projects were submitted for rail or transportation demand management projects. FAMPO expects to learn which projects have been approved for funding in late January 2020. You can learn more about SMART SCALE funding here.

You can read more about the project selection process in this Free Lance- Star article from July 2020.

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
  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.