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

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.