2006 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Rail Crossing Study (language only)

Item 438 #7s

Item 438 #7s

Rail and Public Transportation, Department of

Page 375, after line 13, insert:
“C.  The Department of Rail and Public Transportation shall report to the General Assembly by December 1, 2006, on the number of rail grade separations in the metropolitan areas of Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Northern Virginia.  The report shall take into consideration the impediments to safety, mobility and economic development caused by rail grade separations as measured by the number of trains and frequency of train traffic; the number of vehicles crossing these structures; and the lack of nearby rail and road alternatives.  The report shall include an estimate of the costs to remove, relocate or remediate those rail grade separations that have the greatest impacts on communities, including environmental.  The Department of Transportation shall assist the Department in preparing the report.”

(This amendment directs the Department to report to the General Assembly for the 2007 Session on the impacts of rail grade separations in Virginia's metropolitan areas. These separations are often of major concern to localities. Rail grade separations can negatively affect traffic, local economies and public safety.)