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Transit Projects in HB 2 Webinar – August 19, 2015
VTA Annual Conference, May 21, 2015
Thank you to all of our Members and Vendors for making the 2015 Annual Conference a success!
Latest APTA Legislative Update
Senate Passes Six-Year Surface Transportation Bill and Three Month Extension – 7/30/2015
On Thursday, the United States Senate passed its six-year surface transportation bill by a vote of 65 – 34. APTA supported the passage of the Senate bill as a positive step in the process towards enactment of a long-term authorization. The Senate bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives, which is expected to craft their own long-term surface transportation bill upon their return from the August recess in September. Action in the House would then likely lead to a conference committee, where both bills would be brought for the House and Senate to reconcile the differences. For more details regarding this legislation, please refer to our previous Legislative Alert.
Later in the afternoon, the Senate passed the House’s short-term authorization extension through October 29, 2015 by a vote of 91 – 4. This bill transfers $8.068 billion from the General Fund to the Highway Trust Fund, allocating $6.068 billion to the Highway Account and $2 billion to the Mass Transit Account. This further extension was necessary to provide the House with time to pass a long-term authorization bill in order for the House to complete its legislation and for both chambers of Congress to go to a conference. The revenue to fund this extension was found in tax compliance measures and an extension of aviation security fees. The extension is expected to be signed into law by the President, according to a press conference at the White House yesterday.
Stand Up 4 Transportation Day of Action Success
Transit advocates across the country stood up for transportation on April 9th to send a strong message to Congress that it’s time for them to act on a multi-year surface transportation authorization to fund critical infrastructure.
Thank you for those transit agencies in Virginia who hosted special events with elected officials, transit riders, and the media to highlight the importance of what’s at stake! Without federal funding, 59 mostly-rural transit agencies could shut down!
VTrans is the long‐range, statewide multimodal policy plan that provides the overarching vision and goals for transportation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VTrans2040 will include two components. The first component, currently available for review, is the VTrans2040 Vision Plan. The Vision Plan includes updated Vision, Goals, Objectives, and Guiding Principles that reflect the priorities and concerns of stakeholders across the Commonwealth. A robust trends analysis has also contributed to the plan’s focus on our changing socioeconomic dynamics and a range of future issues. It identifies transportation conditions and trends and anticipated growth patterns, and explores the demographic, economic, environmental and technological trends anticipated over the coming years and their potential influence on transportation.
The second component is the VTrans2040 Multimodal Transportation Plan (VMTP), which is currently under development and will include a continued outreach effort and multiple opportunities for input from all stakeholders. The VMTP will build on the Vision Plan by identifying multimodal transportation needs and recommendations for 2025, as well as a discussion of potential future scenarios for 2040.
An extensive and interactive public involvement process has been employed to facilitate plan development and gather feedback from key stakeholders, cooperating agencies, and the general public. The draft Vision Plan has been made available for public comment to continue this outreach effort and gather feedback from all Virginian’s.
The draft report is available on the web at http://www.vtrans.org/vtrans2040.asp .
The 2015 General Assembly Session adjourned on Friday, February 27. The reconvened “Veto” session was scheduled for Wednesday, April 15. For more information, click here to go to the General Assembly homepage.
VTA strongly supported HB 1887 (Patron – Delegate Chris Jones) that passed both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates and has now been signed into law by Governor McAuliffe.
This is the Omnibus transportation bill that overhauls the transportation funding formula to get more funds back to the local construction districts, strengthens the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and most importantly for transit, provides $40 million in capital funding for essential services like replacing aging buses and rehabilitating track.
Thank you to Governor McAuliffe and Delegate Jones for their leadership on this bill. Without it, we were facing a 62% projected drop in capital funding expected in the next 2 to 3 years.
For HB 2 updates, visit the HB 2 webpage here.
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