June 2017 Print

VTA Summer 2017 Newsletter


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VTA FY18 Leadership

VTA congratulates our newly elected officers!

President – The Hon. David Snyder; Falls Church City Council

Vice-President – The Hon. Chad Green; York County Board of Supervisors

Treasurer – William Harrell; CEO, Hampton Roads Transit

Secretary – David Green; CEO, Greater Richmond Transit Company

Immediate Past-President – The Hon. Patricia Woodbury; Newport News City Council

Executive Committee:  Joe Alexander, Alexander Group; Josh Baker, DASH; Noelle Dominguez, Fairfax County Department of Transportation; Kate Mattice, NVTC;  Mike Norvell, SIR; Greg Potts, WMATA; Reggie Smith, Harrisonburg Transit;

Board of Directors:  Each transit system member is allotted two Board member seats each year with two non-voting alternates. Please keep us updated on your systems current appointees. 

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2018 Conference and Expo Recap

On May 23rd, over 200 participants gathered in Crystal City for VTA’s Annual Conference and Expo. During the two day conference they visited with almost 50 exhibitor and sponsors, spent time listening to vendors demo their newest products, listened to informative and inspiring speakers; including the vibrant Shelly Row, Michelle Poyourow, and Rob Puentes.  Attendees were given a guided bus tour of Arlington’s Transit Oriented Development and Metroway Corridors, and had the opportunity to network with colleagues during roundtable discussions on topics such as "Autonomous Vehicles in our Future" and "City Leadership in Transit Planning". We finished the night at our evening social playing pool and shuffleboard at The Continental Pool Lounge.

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our 31 exhibitors and 18 sponsors. Thanks to all who participated. 

We have posted all of the slideshow presentations here, and make sure to check out photos of all the conference events here.

Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Conference and Bus Expo on May 22nd and 23rd in Richmond, VA! 

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Awards Recognition

Each year the highlight of the conference is the finale Awards Luncheon. This year’s keynote "Transit; A Catalyst to Economic Development" was given by business transit advocate, Jim Dyke of McGuire Woods Consulting.

The Awards highlight innovation and achievement by public transportation systems and recognize the work of individuals who provide leadership and support for public transportation in Virginia at the local, regional, or state level.  

This year VTA is pleased to announce the following winners:

The Helen Poore Transit Professional Distinguished Services Award

Ms. Sandy Modell; CEO Alexandria Transit/DASH

The Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award

The Honorable Frank Wagner SD-7

The Honorable Rosalyn Dance SD-16

The Honorable Betsy Carr HD-69

The Distinguished Public Official Award

The Honorable Aubrey Layne, Secretary of Transportation 

Jennifer Mitchell, Director of Department of Rail and Public Transportation 

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Award 

The Honorable Gary Skinner, Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors

Outstanding Community Program Award

Hampton Roads Transit

Outstanding Public Transportation Marketing Award

Blacksburg Transit

Honorable Mention- Arlington Transit

Outstanding Public Transportation Exceptional Safety Award

Harrisonburg Transit 

Employee Unsung Hero Award

Harland Brown; Blacksburg Transit Operations Manager

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Transit Capital Revenue Advisory Board and Legislative Update

The year-long process to review and recommend transit capital revenue sources and prioritization measures is wrapping up the bulk of its work this summer.  DRPT staff and its consultants, WSP and Cambridge Systematics, along with the members of the Advisory Board have spent hours examining the dire fiscal “capital cliff” along with possible revenue solutions.  They have also advanced a prioritization process that would accompany the possible new revenue streams. 

Thank you to former Delegate Tom Rust and James Toscano for serving as our VTA representatives on the Transit Capital Revenue Advisory Board (TCPRAB) over the past year and to Kate Mattice (NVTC) and Brian Smith (HRT) for serving on the Transit Service Delivery Advisory Committee that offered technical assistance.  And thank you to all of you who offered examples of the impact the capital cuts would have to your transit systems and services.

At this point, final edits are being made to the Board’s draft report . The Commonwealth Transportation Board is scheduled to consider the final report at its July meeting and then the report will advance to the General Assembly by August 1.  Here is a link to the presentation that was made at their June meeting that outlines the process.

It’s not too late to offer comments.  Please send comments to Lisa Guthrie (lguthrie@lmg-llc.net) at VTA and we will promptly forward them.  We encourage you to continue to follow the TCPRAB process on the DRPT web page .  We anticipate that legislation and budget items will be forthcoming for the 2018 General Assembly session but there is much to cover before we know how that may shape up.  Not only is there a need for transit capital funding statewide, but there are significant additional needs for dedicated revenue at WMATA and in several regions of the state. 

As campaign season heats up later in the summer, it will be timely for VTA members to meet with candidates who are running for Governor, Lt. Governor, and the House of Delegates to inform them about the benefits of transit and the fiscal challenges ahead. Transit infrastructure is a bipartisan issue so we hope to lay the groundwork for whomever is elected to understand that Virginia stands to gain far more with an investment in transit now. If you are interested in joining the candidate interview team, please let us know. 

We also encourage our members to help us promote our grassroots “Transit Action Network” so we can build our support network BEFORE the legislative session when things will be fast and furious.  Spread the word with your boards, your riders, and your local governments.  It’s time to “Get Large” for transit!

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FY18 Membership Year Begins July 1

It’s the start of a new year at VTA as it is with many of our governmental members.  You should have received a membership renewal reminder with your dues assessment.  Mindful of your fiscal demands, there is no dues increase this year but please remember that VTA also has fiscal demands.  Please remit your dues payment in July by check or credit card so that we can meet our billing deadlines too!

It is going to be a big year for transit advocacy so we need YOU to help strengthen our collective voice!  

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Making the VTA Website Work for You!

Help us make our website more useful for you by sending us your job postings, your RFP’s, and your news.  We are also considering ways to promote our members more with some news clips sponsorships and logo placements so please send along your ideas!  And please don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @vatransitassoc and "like" us on our new Facebook page under Virginia Transit Association. 

We post all of our recorded webinars on there as well as our conference presentations and photos.  So please take a few minutes to tour the homepage and see what’s available.  Some items like meeting agendas and legislative items are just for members and can be found under Member Center where you will need to login.

Do check us out!

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