Transportation Planning

City Planning and Zoning staff helps Council with transportation planning in the following ways:

  • establishing and prioritizing road and other transportation projects
  • coordinate transportation projects with Frederick County, VDOT and FHWA
  • represent the City on regional transportation planning committees
  • prepare grants for TEA-21 Enhancement grants
  • review I-81 widening project

Comprehensive Plan

Being able to get around Winchester is a key part of quality of life. Having mobility choices means residents, workers and visitors can drive, ride a bus, bike or walk around the city. The City's Comprehensive Plan addresses mobility and the City's priority to create and encourage a walkable community.

Green Circle Trail

The Winchester Green Circle Trail provides pedestrians with a recreational path for running, walking or cycling.  The trail will also provide a scenic and healthy commuting option for some residents who live and work nearby.

The circle connects areas of historic, recreational, educational and natural interest. Some of those attractions include Glen Burnie Historic House & Gardens/Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Jim Barnett Park, Shenandoah University, Old Town Winchester and Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve.

Where possible the routes follow local streams emphasizing the restoration, protection and interpretation of natural resources and urban green spaces.


The City of Winchester Transportation Department offers accessible and affordable public transportation routes throughout the city. The City utilizes a Transit Development Plan (TDP) which is a planning tool used to analyze the need for transit in a defined area, evaluate the services that are provided, and develop strategies to match the service to the identified transit needs. 

Street and Sidewalk Master Plans

The City has adopted Street and Sidewalk Master Plans to provide priorities and guide planning for improvements to the city's streets and sidewalks. 

City Projects

Some major City projects include transportation components. Visit the City Projects webpage for details on current projects.

Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Winchester-Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization (WinFred MPO) was created as a result of the designation of the Winchester-Frederick County Urbanized Area by the U.S. Census on May, 2002. Federal regulations require an urbanized area to create and maintain an ongoing transportation planning process that is comprised of representatives of the local jurisdictions as well as state and federal transportation officials.

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