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The RRPDC is a regional planning agency serving
the Town of Ashland;
the City of Richmond; and
the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.

Richmond Regional
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9211 Forest Hill Avenue
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235

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Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025

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Commerce Corridor

Transportation Connectivity, Accessibility and Economic Opportunity Study

The Commerce Corridor Study

In June 2016, the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO) kicked off a regional transportation study in partnership with the Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive analysis of existing and future transportation needs and the prioritization of infrastructure investments along the Commerce Corridor. The Commerce Corridor study area centers on the Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) transportation node and the I-95 corridor from the James River crossing in the City of Richmond to Route 10 in Chesterfield County. In addition to OIPI, the RRTPO developed this work in partnership with representatives of the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Port of Virginia, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, VDOT Richmond District, and VDOT Central Office.

What is the Commerce Corridor?

The Commerce Corridor is defined by the mainline of I-95 and supporting multimodal network south of the James River from the Maury Street interchange in the City of Richmond to the I-95 at Route 10 interchange in Chesterfield County (see map). The study area includes the Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT), and significant industrial and freight-intensive land uses, including many sites with potential for development or redevelopment.

Why is the Commerce Corridor area significant to the Richmond Region?

The Port of Virginiaís 40-year lease with the City of Richmond to manage and operate RMT has sent a strong signal to the private sector that the Richmond Regionís primary port facility is open for business.  The potential exists for significant economic development and job creation both inside the port gates, but most significantly throughout the Richmond Region in the supply chain/logistics, distribution and warehousing sectors. Recently released videos by the Richmond-Times Dispatch and TransportationTV highlight the opportunity RMT presents for the Port of Virginia, the Richmond Region, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

What are the transportation challenges experienced along the Commerce Corridor?

The Commerce Corridor is currently experiencing safety, congestion and state of good repair challenges. Insufficient vertical clearances and deficient interchange designs at multiple locations along I-95 limit connectivity and accessibility to key regional freight activity centers. In addition, deficiencies to the surrounding road and rail network range from pavement condition, signals and operations, vertical clearances, at-grade rail crossings, turning radii and geometrics, and capacity constraints.

What is the purpose of the Commerce Corridor Transportation Study?

The Commerce Corridor study was initiated with an understanding that growth of RMT and surrounding areas as an inland logistics hub will exacerbate current transportation issues, and require supporting investments in infrastructure to safely and efficiently accommodate future freight and passenger volumes.

The purpose of the project is to define a Vision, and develop short-, medium-, and long-term transportation solutions in the corridor. The Commerce Corridor has yet to be comprehensively studied to the extent necessary to identify projects and justify investment through competitive federal, state or regional transportation funding processes.




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