2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Committee Approved)

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Scenic Byways (language only)

Item 446 #1h

Item 446 #1h

Transportation, Department of

Page 408, after line 5, insert:
"G. The Department of Transportation is hereby directed to evaluate the impact of the replacement of the federal Transportation Enhancement program with the Transportation Alternatives program pursuant to the adoption of "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" (MAP-21) with a focus on determining how best to continue supporting corridor management and improvement projects enhancing Virginia Byways and other historic highway corridors. Such review shall include consideration of establishing a state-funded transportation enhancements program to continue supporting scenic and historic highway programs in the Commonwealth.  The Department shall report its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Transportation Committees as well as the Senate Finance and Transportation Committees no later than November 1, 2013."

(This amendment directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board to examine the impacts of change in federal law and consider establishing a state funded transportation enhancement program. Changes to federal law exclude scenic or historic highway programs from what was formerly known as the Transportation Enhancements Program. Because of the wealth of historic tourism in Virginia as well as its natural scenic beauty, continuing to support enhancements and corridor management plans associated with Virginia's Civil War Trail, Virginia Wineries Trail, the Crooked Road, and other scenic byways enhances tourism throughout the Commonwealth and generates revenue.)