2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Committee Approved)

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Rail Shipments through F'burg Region (language only)

Item 442 #1h

Item 442 #1h

Rail and Public Transportation, Department of

Page 405, after line 28, insert:
"F.1. Prior to July 1, 2011, the director, Department of Rail and Public transportation, with the approval of CSX Transportation, shall initiate infrastructure improvement projects which promote safety or reduce the average dwell times of hazardous material shipments subject to regulation under Title 49 CFR Part 174 et seq. within rail yards, depots, sidings, and other intermediate terminals or facilities and properties located in the City of Fredericksburg to not longer than 24 hours. These improvements may include, but are not limited to, those that (i) increase capacity at existing storage facilities terminating near Fredericksburg; (ii) increase the physical distance between commodity storage areas and residential communities; and (iii) transfer intermediate storage of commodities to locations closer to terminus of the shipment.
2. Out of the funds available for Rail Industrial Access pursuant to § 33.1-221.1:1, Code of Virginia, up to $450,000 in the first year and up to $450,000 in the second year is hereby authorized for associated infrastructure improvements which may be constructed in any location in Virginia so long as their use results in increased safety in   Fredericksburg or reduced average dwell times of hazardous materials currently staged in Fredericksburg.  Such funds may be awarded to CSX Transportation or other entities or political subdivisions identified by the Department as having responsibility for implementing the associated infrastructure improvement. In the allocation of funds for this project by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, the requirements of § 33.1-22.1:1, Code of Virginia, with the exception of § 33.1-22.1:1 F., are waived.

(This amendment is needed to provide flexibility to allow infrastructure to be constructed in other localities that will meet the goal of increased safety in Fredericksburg with regard to rail shipments of hazardous materials.)