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Summary of 2018 General Assembly Transit Actions

The 60-day regular session of the 2018 General Assembly ended on March 10 but without a biennial budget.  Governor Northam called a special budgetary session for the General Assembly on Wednesday, April 11 to resolve the differences between the House and Senate budgets but no resolution has been reached.   The absolute deadline for a state budget is June 30 when the current budget expires.  Meanwhile, Governor Northam had until April 9 to sign, amend, or veto the bills that came through the regular session.  Those measures were taken up in the one-day reconvened session or “veto” session on April 18th.  This is the day where the legislature voted on the Governor’s amendments and vetoes. 

The bill at the center of the transit debate is HB 1539/SB 856.  It is the final transit omnibus conference bill for agreement on Metro and other transit measures.  The bill allocates $154 million for Metro funding as was needed and $15 million for VRE but the revenue primarily comes from existing sources of funding – much of it from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority that funds regional transportation.  Governor Northam had sent down amendments to the bill that would have raised $30 million from a real estate grantor’s tax and a hotel tax but while the Senate approved the amendments on a 26-12 vote, the House Republicans- led by Delegate Tim Hugo from Fairfax, blocked the new revenue in a party-line 51-48 vote thereby defeating the amendments. 

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Transit Advocacy Day at the Virginia General Assembly
January 22, 2018

On Monday, January 22 the Virginia Transit Association hosted its annual legislative briefing, Transit Advocacy Day, and “Transportations Choices” Legislative Reception. For more information and photos, please click here

 


 

 


Watch the Transit Capital Video that highlights the impact

of transit on Virginia's economy and why an investment in

transit capital is critical.



The Honorable Tom Rust

Former House Transportation Chair and Member of

The Transit Capital Revenue Advisory Board
 

Transit Capital Project Revenue Advisory Board Report


 

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Transit News

 

VTA News:

2018 GRTC system map showing the Pulse and the newly redesigned routes launching later this year

PRTC elects New Executive Board

DASH Offers Demonstration Of Electric Bus Of The Future

Federal News:

Omnibus Appropriations Bill Signed into Law

Administration Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 

FTA - Updated TAM Website Demonstration Video: A TAM website demonstration video is now available to help navigate the wealth of resources available on the FTA TAM website.

FTA - New FAQs: The TAM FAQs page has been updated to include additional information on requirements for 5310 grantees.

FTA - TAM Final Rule Compliance Checklist: An updated version of the TAM Final Rule Compliance Checklist is now available, including additional information about requirements for Tier I and Tier II agencies.

FTA Region III TrAMS Grant Development Reference Guide 2017

Industry Footprint Map 

APTA Legislative and Regulatory Updates:

State News:

2018 SYIP Hearings

Metrorail and VRE Boost State Revenues by $600 Million 

Smart Scale:  Information regarding the scores and the funding scenario are available here

VTRANS2040:  The Draft 2025 Recommendations for Tier 1 needs are currently being presented to all MPO and/or PDC regions in Virginia.  All the materials from these meetings are available at http://www.vtrans2040.com/Pages/Recommendations.aspx

DRPT Organizational Chart

DRPT FY18 Six-Year Improvement Plan