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                       WELCOME to the VIRGINIA TRANSIT ASSOCIATION.

 

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

House Rejects Senate Amendments; Senate Accepts House Bill and Sends Measure to the President

With the action on July 31 by Congress, the bill sent to the President for his signature transfers $10.8 billion into the Highway Trust Fund, allowing the Trust Fund to stay solvent through May 2015, and extends MAP-21 funding authorization and policies for highway, mass transit, and safety programs through May 31, 2015.

Statements made by transportation organizations across surface transportation modes and industries largely called on Congress to continue to seek a long-term solution to the funding challenges regardless of the length of the extension. The statement of APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy can be found here.
http://www.apta.com/gap/legupdatealert/2014/Documents/2014August01.pdf

APTA’s Annual Meeting and Expo – Oct. 12-15 in Houston, TX
http://www.apta.com/mc/annual/Pages/default.aspx

State News

VTrans Update

VTA members are invited to join in the discussion regarding Virginia’s long-range transportation plan through the VTrans2040 process.  Take the survey today.  You may even win a prize in the next drawing of participants.

https://www.research.net/s/vtrans

Also plan to participate in one of the 5 forums to be held around the state on Monday, Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Locations are Fairfax, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Roanoke, and Bristol.

  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

 

Commonwealth Transportation Board Adopts 6 Year Improvement Plan on June 18
The $13.1 billion plan includes the following transit and rail projects:

  • Second passenger train to Lynchburg
  • Two new passenger trains from Richmond to Norfolk
  • Extension of the Tide light rail to Virginia Beach
  • Funding increases in the Metro 2025 program
  • Expansion and addition of VRE platforms

Breakdown of allocations:
$9.9 billion – Highway construction
$3.2 billion – Rail and public transportation
$13.1 billion – total six-year program

Local News

Metro launches Silver Line, largest expansion of region’s rail system in more than two decades
Metrorail, the nation’s second busiest rapid transit system, grew 10 percent larger today with five new stations and new direct rail service between the Washington region’s two largest employment centers, all as a result of the opening of the Silver Line’s first phase.  The new rail line is the largest expansion of Metrorail — and the first time a new color has been added to the Metro map — since the Green Line opened in 1991. (click here to continue reading)

Construction Updates for New HDPT Facility
Staff has transitioned into the new facilities. Crews are demolishing the old facility this week. Additional site work will occur and a fueling facility will be constructed. (click here to continue reading)

HRT to launch campaign promoting transportation options
The Hampton Roads Transit commission on Thursday will learn about the agency’s new program aimed at reaching the public and promoting transportation options. Connect Hampton Roads has been in the works for months, according to HRT officials. (click here to continue reading)

Officials break ground on Spotsylvania VRE Station
Ceremonial clods of mud christened the future site of the new Spotsylvania County Virginia Railway Express station on a rainy Tuesday morning. (click here to continue reading)

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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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