2023 SMART SCALE Review

2023 SMART SCALE Review

Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment is coordinating a full review of the SMART SCALE program.


SMART SCALE is the CTB's project prioritization tool developed to meet the requirements of Chapter 726 of the 2014 Virginia Acts of Assembly. The SMART SCALE process has been used since 2016 (5 rounds) to inform the CTB on project funding decisions.

Secretary Miller directed OIPI to conduct a full review of the SMART SCALE process, in collaboration with VDOT DRPT. This review is primarily focused on:

  • Obtaining input from CTB members, stakeholders, legislators, and other concerned parties
  • Reviewing the related Code requirements and existing CTB SMART SCALE policy
  • Analyzing outcomes of the 5 previous funding rounds

The goal of the process review is to ensure that the SMART SCALE program is meeting its intended purpose: to identify the projects which provide the greatest benefit for the investment of Virginia tax dollars.

Key Components of the SMART SCALE Process Review

Statistical Analysis

Statistical Analysis

  • Analysis of the performance and outcomes of the past funding rounds
  • Identification of potential biases and related causes
Survey Assessments & Public Input

Survey Assessments & Public Input

Review feedback provided related to:
  • Process performance and public perceptions
  • Administration, communications, and customer service
Procedural Review

Procedural Review

  • Identify procedural improvements including applications updates, communications, and process improvements
Code and Policy

Code and Policy

  • Recommended procedural changes
  • Recommended CTB Policy changes
  • Recommended Code changes

SMART SCALE Process Review Summary Package

Revised SMART SCALE Policy as Acted upon by the Board

SMART SCALE Virtual Town Hall


Letters Received

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