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VTA Upcoming Events:

February 25 from 1:30 till 2:30 pm – Procurement Webinar – The recording of the Webinar can be found here.

May 20-21 – VTA Annual Conference; Williamsburg

 

Thank You to the Sponsors of the 2015
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

 


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

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Apportionments for Fiscal Year 2015 Announced
…to read the article click here.

Obama’s Budget Includes 6-Year, $478 Billion Authorization Plan; Allocates $144 Billion for Public Transit…to read the article click here.

 

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.

For more information, click here.

 

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.

HB 2 Stakeholder Outreach Regional Workshops, Hosted by Secretary of Transportation
February 19-March 5, 2015 – in VDOT District Offices Statewide
For more information on House Bill 2, visit the HB2 webpage.

 

  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

 

GRTC rolls out bus rapid transit plan
In just two years, commuters in Richmond will have the option to take a faster ride down Broad Street…read the entire article
here.

Fairfax Connector To Connect Even Better?
Fairfax County Department of Transportation is working on a better system of buses for the Reston and Herndon area…to continue reading, click here.

Public hearings set for proposed VRE fare increase
The Virginia Railway Express has scheduled seven public hearings for its proposed 4 percent fare increase…to continue reading, click here.

Loudoun County bus service schedule changes effective Feb. 2
Schedule changes will take effect Feb. 2 for the Loudoun County Transit commuter bus service, local fixed-route bus service and Silver Line connection service…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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