March 2021 not only marks the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic, but is also Women’s History Month. While women’s participation in the workforce has expanded exponentially in the past century, the last 12 months have shown how fragile that progress can be. Although data on the impact of COVID-19 on women in the Hampton Roads workforce is not available at a regional scale yet, we can explore how far women’s labor force participation has come historically and look at national trends to get a sense of how women in our region may be impacted.
The HRTPO is directly responsible for project selection and awarding of funds under two federal funding programs, namely, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and the Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP). CMAQ project types include planned improvements to address congestion, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian, and freight. RSTP may be used to fund a wide range of transportation projects such as improvements to highway capacity, accessibility, and operations.
The HRPDC first published the Hampton Roads COVID-19 Impact Planning Hub in April 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to spread across the country and the Commonwealth. The goal of the Hub is to provide a single location to publish data about the spread of COVID-19 cases and the impact of the pandemic on Hampton Roads. The Hub already contains data dashboards regarding COVID-19 cases at the local, regional, and Health District levels as well as topical information pages about economic and transportation impacts. Now, the Hub will feature a data dashboard about COVID-19 vaccinations as well.
March is Women’s History Month which was established to commemorate the role that women have played in the history of the United States. For the March Map of the Month, HRPDC staff examined women’s participation in the workplace in Hampton Roads. The March Hampton Roads Economic Monthly also looks at this topic from the perspective of historic labor force participation rates (LFPR) for women since the 1970s.
A special meeting of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) Board will be held from 10:30 AM to Noon on Monday, March 29th. This meeting is needed to take crucial action on the Hampton Roads 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). HRTPO staff will present feedback received during the review and comment period and recommend action to approve the fiscally constrained list of projects for the 2045 LRTP. The agenda and related materials will be available prior to the meeting.
The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) and Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) fully comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, and related nondiscrimination statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. HRPDC's website, www.hrpdcva.gov, and HRTPO's website, www.hrtpo.org, may be translated into multiple languages. Publications and other public documents can be made available in alternative languages and formats, if requested. HRPDC public meetings are always held in ADA-accessible facilities and in transit-accessible locations when possible. Auxiliary services can be provided to individuals who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. Requests made within seven days will be accommodated to the greatest extent possible. Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice by HRPDC under Title VI has a right to file a formal complaint. Any such complaint may be in writing and filed with HRPDC's Title VI Administrator and/or the appropriate state or federal agency within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. For more information on HRPDC's Title VI program, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, please call (757) 420-8300 or email: email@example.com.