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VTA Upcoming Events:
Jan. 26 – VTA Legislative Day and Reception

Thank You to the Sponsors of the upcoming
VTA Transportation Choices Legislative Reception

Platinum
Kimley-Horn & Assoc., Inc.
Sonny Merryman

Gold
CTAV
MWAA
MV Transportation
Norfolk Southern
TransTrack Systems, Inc.
Transurban
Wendel Companies
Williams Mullen

Silver
Dulles Corridor Rail Association
Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance
Reston Limousine
Southern Environmental Law Center
TAGS (Transportation Association of Greater Springfield)
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
Virginians for High Speed Rail

May 20-21 – VTA Annual Conference; Williamsburg

 

 

Continuing the conversation on Making the Business Case for Transit
Click here for links to the presentations from the VTA Conference panel and to provide feedback to NVTC and VTA and keep the conversation going.

 

Federal News

President signs CR-OMNIBUS
(Download Document in Adobe PDF format) complete summary

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed the combined Omnibus Appropriations and Continuing Resolution that will fund the federal government through the end of FY15. The measure passes the Senate December 13 by a 56-40 vote.

Public transportation fares well under the final CROmnibus. The Federal Transit Administration receives the full funding authorized for core formula programs, under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), at $8.595 billion. Capital Investment Grants (New Starts), which receive funding from the General Fund, are funded at $2.120 billion, plus an additional $28 million in prior year unobligated funds. This level is $167 million more than the FY 2014 level. Included in the total for the New Starts program is $120 million for Core Capacity projects, and $143.7 million for small starts, plus the $28 million in prior year unobligated funding intended for bus rapid transit (BRT) projects. The total would include $1.5 billion for existing FFGA projects and $325 million for anticipated FFGA’s in FY2015.

The bill also provides $150 million for grants to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for capital investments, as authorized under legislation separate from MAP-21.

 

APTA Forum on Triennial Review Reform

Please direct any questions on this subject to Patricia Doersch (pdoersch@apta.com), APTA Legislative Counsel, or Brian Tynan, Director of Government Relations (btynan@apta.com).

 

Date Announced for National Day of Transportation Infrastructure (April 9, 2015)
  VTA members are invited to join with advocates from across the country in a coordinated and highly visible day of advocacy to call attention to the need for Congressional action on a long-term, well-funded federal commitment to transportation investment.

With a new Congress and the pending expiration of the existing federal surface transportation legislation (MAP-21) in May, this will be a crucial time for transportation advocacy.

 

 

State News

The 2015 General Assembly Session begins Wednesday, January 14, and ends Saturday, February 28. For more information, click here to go to the General Assembly homepage.

 

  Virginia’s Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) will lead the development of the Commonwealth’s long-range multimodal transportation plan – VTrans2040.  The plan will be developed in two phases and will result in the production of two companion documents: the VTrans2040 Vision and the VTrans2040 Multimodal Transportation Plan.

VTrans2040 will identify multimodal needs across the Commonwealth. Moving forward, only projects that help address a need identified in VTrans2040 will be considered for funding under the statewide prioritization process from House Bill 2. The plan will focus on the needs of the Commonwealth’s statewide network of Corridors of Statewide Significance, the multimodal regional networks that support travel within metropolitan regions, and improvements to promote locally designated Urban Development Areas (UDAs).  

http://www.vtrans.org/Vtrans2040.asp

 

 

Local News

VRE train station in Spotsylvania on track to open
A legal battle over the price of land for Spotsylvania County’s long-awaited Virginia Railway Express station is at a standstill…read the entire article here.

GRTC Bus Rapid Transit Public Meeting
GRTC Transit System was awarded a grant of $24.9M to develop the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will serve a 7.6 mile route from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn…to continue reading, click here.

NTSB investigating WMATA smoke-filled train incident
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) service is operating on a modified schedule today after an electrical problem yesterday afternoon caused smoke to fill rail cars in a tunnel near L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C….to continue reading, click here.

Dwindling Va. funding could impact Fairfax Connector, Metro
The director of Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Jennifer Mitchell, told the board that dwindling transportation funding could lead to dramatically diminished state spending within the next few years…to continue reading, click here.

 

 

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 Virginia Transit Systems Look Forward to New State Funding
Generated by Passage of HB 2313

HB 2313  provides a new, growing annual revenue source, dedicating a portion of the 0.3% increase in the general sales tax to support transit and intercity rail projects in the Commonwealth (0.125%).

What this means for transit:  $65 million in FY14 growing to $84 million by FY18 [($20 million annually IF  Congress passes the Market Place Fairness Act by 2015; $300 million for Dulles Rail from road funds (to reduce project cost/tolls)].
What this means for intercity passenger rail
: $44 million in FY14 growing to $56 million in FY18; $257 million over 5 years.

 Transit Service Delivery Advisory Committee (TSDAC) Recommends New Formula for Distributing HB 2313 Transit Funds

The new transit funds will be distributed by a new formula recommended by the Transit Service Delivery Advisory Committee (TSDAC) to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).  The Performance-Based Operating Assistance Allocation Implementation Plan is in the public comment period until October 1.  Click  here to view.  The committee is also discussing recommended changes to the capital allocations process.  These changes will be subject to a separate public comment process.

 

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