2005 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hawkins
CTAV Communications Study (language only)

Item 482 #5s

Item 482 #5s

Rail and Public Transportation, Department of

Page 435, after line 8, insert:
"I.  The Department shall study the current communications equipment used by organizations that provide transportation services in Virginia, and receive funding from the Federal Transit Administration or the Commonwealth Transportation Fund.  The study shall focus on these organizations' ability to communicate internally and with "first responders" in the event of a national emergency or natural disaster.  In the event that the Department concludes that existing communications equipment is outdated or inadequate, the study shall include estimates to upgrade communications equipment and the availability of state or federal dollars, including funds from the Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, that may be used for this purpose."

(This amendment directs the Department of Rail and Public Transportation to study the current communications needs and equipment of community transportation providers.)