Investment in transportation infrastructure may serve as a catalyst for economic growth. Increased access to land provided by new or upgraded transportation infrastructure can either induce new development or influence existing development patterns. Reliable infrastructure and services must exist to meet basic mobility needs of citizens.
An area's transportation network serves as the framework within which communities have the opportunity to grow. The adequacy of the transportation system has shaped and will continue to exert significant influence on economic growth within the West Piedmont Planning District. Transportation is a primary economic growth-forming factor because it makes land, labor, and resources both accessible and competitive inter-regionally and intra-regionally. Local transportation modes, for the same reason, impact the growth or lack of growth for specific areas within the region by making some areas relatively more accessible than others. The region requires an efficient transportation system to stimulate new development and provide connectivity with surrounding areas.
Within the West Piedmont Planning District, Danville is designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and is recognized as an urbanized planning area under the Danville MPO. The remainder of the district is rural in terms of transportation-related planning and falls under the Rural Transportation Planning Program.