Project Background

sovacme transportation mapThe Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) and its education and industry partners observed that lack of transportation is a chief barrier to education and employment in the Southern Virginia region. Citizens are faced with limited options for travel within and across the region, which includes the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottaway, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward, with major activity centers in South Boston, Danville and Keysville. Existing transit operations are geographically limited, on-demand, and/or serve limited segments of the population.

In response, SVHEC leadership approached the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transport to request assistance with a feasibility study to determine the need and potential for a regional fixed route public transit system in Southern Virginia that would connect existing local transportation systems and bridge the gap to mobility across the region. With matching support from the Southern Virginia Educational Foundation, the SVHEC and the VDRPT launched the feasibility study in January 2016. The project engaged the KFH Group, headquartered in Bethesda, MD to conduct the feasibility study and prepare a comprehensive report of the findings.

Project Goals and Objectives

Goals of the feasibility study are to:

  1. Determine how to connect citizens with resources including employment, healthcare and regional education and training centers located in South Boston, Danville, and Keysville.
  2. Identify the region’s mobility needs; and
  3. Connect this proposed system with already established rural public transit operations in the region.sova transporation projteam web

Project Team Members

Dr. Betty Adams. SVHEC
Project Director

Patty Nelson, SVHEC
Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Susan Wilborn, SVHEC
Asst to the Exec/Proj. Director

Nick Britton, VDRPT
Statewide Manager of Transit Planning

Joel Eisenfeld, KFH Group
Senior Transportation Planner

Elizabeth “Lib” Rood
Senior Transportation Planner

Latisha Johnson, KFH Group
Transportation Analyst

Patrice Traken, VRDPT
Grants Manager

Catherine Stevens, SVHEC
IES/Grants Management

 

Transportation Stakeholder Team

Marc Adelman, Director

Danville Mass Transit

Kathy Andrews, Director

Halifax County Dept of Social Services

Linda Green, Director of Economic Development
for Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA)

Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

Wayne Carter, County Administrator

Mecklenburg County

Debra Crowder, Executive Director

South Central Workforce Development Board

Beverly Fitz, Executive Director

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

 Mandy Folman, Mobility Manager Southern Area Agency on Aging (SAAA)

Jim Halasz, County Administrator

Halifax County

Matt Leonard, Executive Director

Halifax Co. Industrial Development Authority

Mitzi McCormick, President

Halifax County Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Betty Jo Foster, Interim President Danville-Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce

Greg Sides, Assistant County Administrator

Pittsylvania County

Jeff Reed, Executive Director

Virginia’s Growth Alliance

Joe Bonanno, Regional Planner

West Piedmont Planning District Commission

Dave Hoback, Executive Director

West Piedmont Planning District Commission

For more information about the Southern Virginia Transportation Feasibility Study, please contact Dr. Betty Adams at 434-572-5551 or via email at bettyadams@svhec.org.