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                       WELCOME to the VIRGINIA TRANSIT ASSOCIATION.

 

VTA Upcoming Events:
Sept. 30 – VTA Webinar “Transit Funding Challenges Ahead”
To view the recording or the PowerPoint Presentation, click here
Oct. 29 – VTA Fall Board Meeting; Richmond
Jan. 26 – VTA Legislative Day and Reception
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

Each year, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) holds a number of Triennial Review Workshops to provide you and other FTA grantees with up-to-date information about Federal requirements and industry “best practices.”   Like last year we will be conducting two workshops.  The first workshop is in Philadelphia, PA on October 30-31, 2014 and will be held at the Sonesta Hotel, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The second workshop is in Richmond, VA on November 13-14, 2014 and will be held at the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown, 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, Virginia.

As you know, FTA has revised the Triennial Review process to look both prospectively as well as retrospectively in determining whether  more specialized reviews are warranted in one or more of seven specialized areas.  The workshop will be conducted by triennial review professionals who share their knowledge of the Triennial Review Program, identify the latest Federal regulatory changes and discuss best practices in FTA grants management.  A comprehensive workbook will be provided to you at the workshop to assist  you in preparing for your next Triennial Review.

For the workshop in Richmond, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown at the government rate of $113 (13.3% tax) per night.  Rooms are available beginning Wednesday, November 12.  To reserve a room call 1-855-472-7802.   To receive the group rate, mention the group name FTA Triennial Review Workshop.  The deadline to receive the group rate is October 27, 2014.

To register for this workshop click on the link below or cut and paste it into your browser:

https://www.planitnow.com/FY15Triennial_Richmond.php

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

The Governor’s Transportation Conference will be held November 12-14, 2014, in Roanoke.  Click here for more information.

 

  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

Richmond, Henrico win key $24.9M grant for bus rapid transit system
The Richmond region took a major step toward a bus rapid transit system Tuesday as state and local officials announced the area won a roughly $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to support the project, which would run along Broad Street from Willow Lawn to Rocketts Landing. (click here to continue reading)

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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