2009 Session

Budget Amendments - SB850 (Committee Approved)

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Identification of Statewide Intercity Passenger Rail Needs (language only)

Item 450 #3s

Item 450 #3s

Rail and Public Transportation, Department of

Page 486, strike lines 53 through 57 and insert:
"3. Included within the Statewide Rail Plan, the director shall provide an assessment of total estimated planning and design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction costs, as well as proposed funding sources and estimated completion dates for all anticipated phases of statewide intercity passenger rail service needs including, but not limited to: the Virginia Railway Express expansion routes, the TransDominion Express and Urban Crescent Express corridors, and any potential intercity rail service between Richmond and Norfolk with terminal access to Hampton Roads Transit Light Rail.  As part of this assessment, the director shall include cost estimates of all necessary track, platform, and station improvements, for each proposed construction phase.
4. The Department shall inform the Chairmen of the House Appropriations, House Transportation, Senate Finance, and Senate Transportation Committees on efforts to improve intercity passenger rail service by December 15, 2009. "

(This amendment directs the Department of Rail and Public Transportation to provide an improved level of detail on statewide intercity passenger rail needs within the Statewide Rail Plan. As part of these revisions the Department is directed to include cost estimates for any potential intercity rail improvements between Norfolk and Richmond.)