Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Multimodal System Design Guidelines

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has developed an update to the 2013 

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Multimodal System Design Guidelines. The 2020 update brings the guidelines in-line with the state of practice and new national guidance. The guidelines serve to provide a process for practitioners looking to identify centers of activity, designating connected networks for all travel modes, and designing and retrofitting specific corridors that fit with the surrounding context.

The guidelines are tailored to the Commonwealth's needs and provide a statewide set of tools for multi-modal planning and design at the regional, community and corridor scales. The guidelines provide a step-by-step process that can be applied to rural towns’ large cities and everywhere in-between.

The links below provide access to the guidelines, resources, web videos and toolkits.


 2020 Multimodal System Guidelines Update:undefined

 Executive Summary  
 Guidelines Document

2013 Multimodal System Design Guidelines:

• Multimodal System Design Guidelines -    Executive Summary
• Multimodal System Design Guidelines - Final


• Guide for preparing a Multimodal System Plan
• Why Multimodal Planning? - Web Movie #1
• What are the Multimodal Guidelines? - Web Movie #2
• How to Apply - Web Movie #3

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