Round 4 of SMART SCALE began on Tuesday, March 2 with a month-long pre-application phase. SMART SCALE is a program that distributes transportation funds based on a transparent and objective evaluation of projects that will determine how effectively they achieve statewide transportation needs. This round will add projects to the FY 2022 Six Year Improvement Program, which will be finalized in June, 2021. Several jurisdictions, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham and Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro MPOs, and the PDC will make applications this year for a variety of projects addressing roadway capacity, signal operations, new bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities. Final applications are due by August 1, 2020.