1999 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Conference Report)

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GRTC revised language

Item 534 #6c

Item 534 #6c

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Rail and Public Transportation, Department of FY1999 $0 FY2000 $2,000,000 NGF

Page 411, line 26, strike "$113,751,800" and insert "$115,751,800".
Page 413, after line 38 insert:
"K. 1.  Out of this appropriation, up to $5,140,000 the second year shall be provided to the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) for the development and operation in or into Chesterfield County, Henrico County, Hanover County and the City of Colonial Heights of new local service GRTC routes, new GRTC express transit routes or extensions of existing transit routes.  Each new or extended transit route shall be approved by the local governing body that is authorized herein to receive the new or extended service, prior to the expenditure of these funds for capital or operating purposes for such service. After local approval, the Commonwealth Transportation Board shall determine how to properly allocate the funding from the sources designated in this Item to accomplish the purposes authorized herein.
2.  The State Treasurer is directed to assist in the financing of the transit vehicles, utilizing the most appropriate financing mechanism available to the Treasury Board.
Fund sources appropriated from this Item include $1,000,000 in federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Family funds (TANF) for TANF-eligible clients.  The Department of Social Services shall work with GRTC to obtain federal approval to utilize TANF funding to purchase and operate buses and vans in the Greater Richmond area to transport low-income individuals to and from jobs.  Other fund sources in this appropriation include: up to $1,000,000 from Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds allocated to the Richmond Metropolitan Planning Organization; up to $300,000 from the Transportation Efficiency Improvement Fund (TEIF); up to $1,000,000 from federal statewide bus purchase funds; and up to $1,000,000 from the High Priority Transit Project Fund.  In addition, the Commonwealth Transportation Board shall match dollar-for-dollar any private sector donations provided with up to $840,000 in transit formula assistance capital funds.
4. The Governor and the General Assembly shall also give priority consideration for an additional appropriation of up to $8,000,000 nongeneral fund the first year of the 2000-02 budget from any available state or federal funds eligible for future mass transit appropriations for the continued operation of the approved new or extended transit routes."

(This amendment provides contingent funding of $5,140,000 from several nongeneral fund sources to meet the capital and operating costs of new or extended bus service for additional transit routes in the greater Richmond region. $840,000 of this amount is provided as a dollar-for-dollar match for any private donations provided. Funding is provided from federal TANF, statewide bus purchase, CMAQ, state transit capital, and TEIF funds. The amendment provides that if this funding is not sufficient, the state will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for any privately donated moneys provided. The funding is intended to provide start-up capital funding, primarily for bus and para-transit van purchases, and to provide operating support beyond that provided through farebox revenue. Each component of the appropriation is contingent upon local acceptance of the new or extended bus routes. Any new or extended route not agreed to by the locality will reduce the appropriation by the amount equivalent to the cost of that route. In addition, the amendment asks that priority consideration be given by the Governor and the General Assembly for future funding support of the new or extended transit lines.)