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Federal News:

FTA 5339 Grant Program Update – Link to FTA Fact Sheet 

President Obama Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal
President Obama released the final budget proposal of his Presidency today. His Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request calls for $4.1 trillion of overall spending and includes a 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan that requests $495 billion in spending in the federal Departments of Transportation; Energy; NASA; and the Environmental Protection Agency..continue reading click here

FTA Posts Fiscal Year 2016 Apportionment Tables
FTA posted its 2016 Apportionment Tables online, providing information about funding for recipients of FTA programs under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 and as authorized by The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.  The webpage lists full Fiscal Year 2016 apportionment tables, displaying the funds available to eligible states and urbanized areas.  Within a week, FTA expects to open TrAMS, its new grants management platform that will allow FTA grantees to submit and manage applications. Look for more information about TrAMS in the coming days.

FTA annually publishes notices to apportion and allocate funds appropriated by law. The Fiscal Year 2016 Federal Register notice will be published on Tuesday, February 16 to announce the apportionment and allocation of FY 2016 funds aligned with the tables above. The notice also will highlight the status of FAST Act implementation activities, key programmatic and policy issues, grants management, and interim guidance for FY 2016. Fast Act

Obama Releases 'Clean Transportation System' Plan
On Feb. 4, President Obama announced his proposal for a “21st-Century Clean Transportation System,” funded by a new $10 per barrel fee to be paid by oil companies, as part of his Fiscal Year 2017 budget to be announced Feb. 9.....to continue reading, click here.

Obama Signs FAST Act.
President Obama late last week signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (H.R. 22), a five-year, $305 billion bill that is the first long-term surface transportation legislation passed by Congress in 10 years...to continue reading, click here.

Omnibus bill includes transit-commuter tax benefit
The $1.1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations bill for federal fiscal-year 2016 that Congress passed last week includes a permanent extension of the transit commuter benefit, an increase in funding to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and funding for various transit-rail and port projects...to continue reading, click here.

State News:

Outgoing House of Delegates Transportation Chairman Tom Rust on Issues the General Assembly Can’t Ignore 
Given the vital role transportation plays in maintaining the commonwealth’s economic competitiveness and quality of life, the General Assembly must deal with several pressing issues this session A fatal flaw in the regional gasoline tax, absence of a dedicated source of funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) and an unraveling of the compromise on Interstate 66.....to continue reading click here.


Virginia House GOP aims to block tolls on I-66 and EPA’s climate change rules
Virginia House Republicans on Monday announced the first part of a legislative agenda chocked full of hot-button issues, from traffic in Northern Virginia and climate change to charter schools and unions...to continue reading, click here.


Local News:

The Richmond Regional Transit Vision Plan official website is now up and running. It can be found here: http://rvatransitvision.com/ . The website will have meeting notes and presentations as they are finalized and approved. It also has the survey which is open to everyone and other information for the public. Please spread the word! Even if you have already taken the survey, please feel free to take it again because there are some new questions.

Virginia Railway Express seeks gas tax change
The Virginia Railway Express plans to ask the General Assembly to let it revise a gas tax charged to participating localities...to continue reading, click here.