2006 Session

Budget Amendments - SB29 (Committee Approved)

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Passenger Rail from Richmond to D.C.

Item 483 #1s

Item 483 #1s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Rail and Public Transportation, Department of FY2005 $0 FY2006 $200,000 GF

Page 146, line 16, strike "$3,750,000" and insert "$3,950,000".
Page 146, after line 16, insert:
"E.1. Out of the amounts appropriated for Rail Assistance $200,000 the second year from the general fund shall be used to advance the completion of the "Third Track" study between Richmond and Washington, D.C. The Virginia Department of Transportation shall support the Department of Rail and Public Transportation in the study. "
2. As part of this feasibility study the Department shall expand the study's scope to: (i) identify needed right-of-way parallel to existing tracks, including right-of-way owned by CSX or by other parties; (ii) identify major environmental issues; (iii) develop an implementation plan based on the most optimal options, including the schedules for each phase of the project as well as financing for the project; (iv) review legal and regulatory issues; and (v) estimate the cost of powering passenger trains by electricity for the Third Track from Washington, D.C. to Richmond.
3. The Director shall submit the completed study to the Secretary of Transportation and to the Chairmen of the Senate Committees on Transportation and Finance and to the Chairmen of the House Committees on Transportation and Finance by December 1, 2006."

(This amendment provides $200,000 GF to support the planning study for high-speed rail between Richmond and Washington, D.C.)