2005 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Committee Approved)

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Welcome Centers and Rest Areas

Item 469 #2s

Item 469 #2s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Transportation, Secretary of FY2005 $4,000,000 FY2006 $0 GF

Page 425, line 4, strike "$613,873" and insert "$4,613,873".
Page 428, after line 19, insert:
"C.1. The Secretary of Transportation shall petition the United States Congress and the Federal Highway Administration to seek a waiver from federal law and regulation prohibiting the Commonwealth from either privatizing the management and operations of the state's welcome centers and rest areas or developing public-private partnerships to provide facilities and services expected by the traveling public.
2. The Secretary is authorized to expend up to $4,000,000 the first year from the general fund to develop public-private partnerships for the state's welcome centers and rest areas, upon receiving a waiver from the federal government.  Any unexpended general fund balances designated for this purpose on June 30, 2005, and June 30, 2006, shall be reappropriated for expenditure for the same purpose.
3. If the Secretary does not obtain a waiver, he shall inform the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees.  The Director, Department of Planning and Budget, is then authorized to transfer the general fund appropriations to the Department of Transportation.  The Department of Transportation shall use the appropriations to repair, improve, replace, or construct state welcome centers and rest areas.  Priority shall be given to those facilities in the I-95 and I-64 corridors to better serve motorists driving through Virginia for the Jamestown 2007 Celebration."

(This amendment provides $4.0 million GF to improve, repair or replace the state's welcome centers and rest areas. The Secretary is directed to seek a waiver from the federal government in order for the state to partner with private parties to improve the facilities. If no waiver is given, the funds and responsibilities for improving the facilities are transferred to VDOT. Fixing the facilities in the I-95 and I-64 corridors is to be given highest priority.)