2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Floor Approved)

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Transit Capital Prioritization Review (language only)

Item 448 #2h

Item 448 #2h

Department of Rail and Public Transportation


Page 378, after line 23, insert:

"E.1. The Department of Rail and Public Transportation shall develop a proposal to be submitted to the Commonwealth Transportation Board and the General Assembly for  a statewide prioritization process for the use of funds allocated pursuant to § 33.2-365, or allocated to the Commonwealth Mass Transit Fund established pursuant to subdivision A 4 of § 58.1-638.   Such prioritization process shall be used for the development of a Six-Year Improvement Program for transit capital expenditures to be included in the Program adopted annually by the Commonwealth Transportation Board pursuant to § 33.2-214.   The Department shall solicit input from localities, metropolitan planning organizations, transit authorities, transportation authorities, and other stakeholders in its development of the prioritization process pursuant to this paragraph.

2. The prioritization process shall be based on an objective and quantifiable analysis that considers, at a minimum, the following factors relative to the cost of the project or strategy: congestion mitigation, economic development, accessibility, safety, and environmental quality.  Such a process for the allocation and distribution of funding shall be in addition to the tiered approach established by the Commonwealth Transportation Board for capital purposes based on asset need and anticipated state participation level and revenues and is intended to foster project-specific prioritization within the asset tiers.

3.  The Department shall submit its report on the feasibility and proposed content of such a prioritization scheme to the Chairmen of the House and Senate Transportation Committees, the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee not later than November 15, 2016."


(This amendment directs the Department of Rail and Public Transportation to examine how it could better evaluate and prioritize transit capital projects to ensure limited state funds are spent in the most cost-effective manner. The intent would be to replicate a bifurcated process like utilized for VDOT projects under House Bill 2.)