Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission News
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RIDE Solutions, the region’s rideshare program, is launched. The program is designed to encourage residents to use alternative modes of transportation while commuting to work. 

Commission staff administers the program, which serves both the Roanoke and New River Valleys.
Resilient America working with Roanoke Valley Communities to Address Flooding
Resilient America, a part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, announced that it has selected the Roanoke Valley as one of four participants in its Community Engagement Program along with Biloxi, Mississippi, Savannah, Georgia, and Tybee Island, Georgia. Resilient America will be conducting three days of focus group meetings with key stakeholders from Roanoke County, the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and Town of Vinton in late July. 

The purpose of this project, funded in part by FEMA, is to engage with community stakeholders to better understand what communities are doing to mitigate against the impacts of floods and other disasters in their communities, what communities need in order to take mitigation actions, and what types of mitigation options, actions, and investments are available for communities to implement. 

Resilient America and its programs aim to help communities and the nation build resilience to extreme events, save lives, and reduce the physical and economic costs of disasters. More information about Resilient America along with the group's newly published report, “Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States”, is available online at
Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Hosts Garden City Greenway Field Trip
The Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee ended the year visiting the Garden City Greenway with the City engineer who designed it, James Nuckles. The Garden City Greenway is the first greenway to have permeable pavement that allows water to pass through. The Park-n-Ride lot at Exit 140 is the only other facility in the valley that has permeable pavement. VDOT engineers are interested in how the permeable pavement will stand up to the two very different uses.

The Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee next meets at 3:00 pm on August 15 at the Regional Commission. The public is welcome to attend.
Regional Commission Releases Updated "Guide To Getting Around Roanoke Valley"
There are many ways to get around the Roanoke Valley without a car. This guide explores independent transportation options including buses and trolleys, transportation for people with disabilities, taxis, rideshare (Uber & Lyft), bikeshare (Zagster), rental bikes, and rental cars. Intercity bus, passenger rail, and air passenger services provide longer distance options.

Download the Guide To Getting Around Roanoke Valley or visit 313 Luck Ave SW and get your copy today!
RVTPO Allocates Funding to 419/220 Diverging Diamond Interchange Project
On Thursday, June 27th, the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) allocated a total of $5,731,866 to the Route 419 and U.S. 220 Diverging Diamond Interchange project. This project was successful in securing $11,773,134 SMART SCALE funds and with the use of regional Surface Transportation Block Grant funds, the project is fully funded and will be moving forward.
Governor Northam Signs Bills to Fund I-81 Projects
On June 7th, Governor Northam gathered in front of a small crowd of press and local/regional dignitaries to sign into law two pieces of legislation relative to I-81: HB2718 and SB1716. Both bills, which are identical sought to create an I-81 Corridor Committee and Fund, as well as provide a dedicated funding stream. 

The work of the I-81 Corridor Committee begins immediately with a report due to the General Assembly in December.

For more information, visit the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan website at:

Ongoing Projects
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is always working with localities on projects that benefit the region. Some of these projects are listed below.

  • Alleghany County Wrightsville Neighborhood CDBG Planning Grant
  • Greenway Support
  • Local Food Plan
  • Rural Bikeway Plan
  • Rural Transit Study
  • Urban Forestry Council
  • Working with local governments, tourism organizations, and the private sector on a promotional campaign for the Roanoke River Blueway
  • Working with the regional local foods partners to examine "Food Hub" needs in the region

For more information on ongoing projects contact  Tim Pohlad-Thomas   or visit .