2012 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1301 (Committee Approved)

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Downtown/Midtown/MLK (language only)

Item 446 #2s

Item 446 #2s

Transportation, Department of

Page 339, after line 6, insert:
"F. Notwithstanding any other provision of law and consistent with the authority granted to the responsible public entity to implement user fees pursuant to the Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA), the Virginia Department of Transportation is directed to undertake negotiations with its PPTA partner, Elizabeth River Crossings, to develop a strategy to delay the initiation of the collection of tolls from the public on the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels in Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia, until January 1, 2014.  No toll shall be levied prior to the implementation and incorporation of this strategy into the Comprehensive Agreement for the project.  The Secretary of Transportation shall report to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee on the development and implementation of this strategy not later than May 15, 2012 and every three months thereafter until such provisions are executed."

(This amendment prevents the levy of tolls on the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels in Portsmouth and Norfolk until January 1, 2014.)