2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Minchew
Loudoun Transit Systems (language only)

Item 441 #2h

Item 441 #2h

Rail and Public Transportation, Department of

Page 403, after line 49, insert:
"5. Notwithstanding any other provision of law or department policy, when developing its fiscal year 2014 allocations for statewide Operating Assistance, the department shall ensure that the operations of Virginia Regional Transit are not impaired by the loss of any federal funding under the Rural Transit Assistance Program or other changes in federal law put into effect under the MAP-21 legislation and shall provide at least $4,000,000 to hold the entity harmless in fiscal year 2014."

(This amendment seeks to address changes in federal program eligibility impacting Virginia Regional Transit in Loudoun County resulting from the use of 2010 Census figures. Previously the transit system has received funding under the federal Rural Transit Assistance Program. Because of population growth in the region, they will be eligible for Urbanized Area Formula Program in the future. However, because the entity did not learn of its change in eligibility until December 18, 2012, they are concerned that there would be a one-year lapse in federal funding which is of a magnitude that it could not addressed with local sources.)