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VTA Upcoming Events:

Fueling Alternatives for Shuttle Transportation: Showcases March 12 & April 18 Click Here for Details

 May 20-21 – VTA Annual Conference; Williamsburg

 Click to Register for the VTA Conference! Ft.Magruder.Cannon

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center

6945 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185

(757) 220-2250

 

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 adjourned on Friday, February 27. The reconvened “Veto” session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15. For more information, click here to go to the General Assembly homepage.

VTA strongly supports HB 1887 (Patron – Delegate Chris Jones) that passed both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates and is now on its way to the Governor.

For HB 2 updates, visit the HB 2 webpage here.

 

VTrans2040 Multimodal Plan Process

  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

Construction of new $17M GLTC operations center set to begin in spring
Construction of a new operations and maintenance facility for the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company is expected to start this spring…read the entire article
here.

VRE riders jump at chance to test smartphone ticketing
Fumbling around for tickets could soon be a thing of the past for Virginia Railway Express riders, as the agency moves to become the first public transit system in the Washington area to bring smartphone ticketing into widespread use…to continue reading, click here.

Buses to begin using I-66 shoulders in pilot program
Starting March 23, PRTC OmniRide commuter buses to and from Manassas and Gainesville will be able to use the shoulders along some stretches of I-66 whenever traffic in the regular lanes is moving slower than 35 miles per hour…to continue reading, click
here.

Richmond bus rapid transit system named GRTC Pulse
After years of being called BRT, the Richmond region’s ambitious plan for a bus rapid transit system now has an official name: GRTC Pulse…to continue reading, click here.

 

 

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 VTA Asks Governor McAuliffe to Sign HB 1887 into Law

VTA strongly supports HB 1887 (Patron – Del. Chris Jones) that passed both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates and is now on its way to the Governor. 

This transportation Omnibus bill provides an estimated $40M annually for transit capital to address a 62% drop in funding expected to occur in the next 2-3 years. The bill does not rely on new or increased revenues; it redirects existing transportation resources (a portion of the recent gas tax increase and 1 cent of the recordation tax) and goes into effect July 1, 2016 (FY17)

HB 1887 helps fund about half of the projected capital needs. Passage of this pro-active measure will help avert a crisis beginning in 2018. Transit systems and local governments are already planning their capital needs beyond that horizon. They know that significant increases in local funds will be required to meet transit capital needs and those may have to compete with other capital needs such as schools. Some may have to cut essential services needed to connect people to jobs, school, medical appointments, and businesses.

Some of our rural and small urban transit systems will likely be the most impacted by funding reductions. With no new capital, funding for new bus engines, passenger shelters, support vehicles, and construction of maintenance facilities will not be possible.

Our transit needs are rising due to increased population, higher ridership, and aging demographics, especially in rural areas. Without new funding, capital funds in 2021 will be $135 million lower than in 2013.

 

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