2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Floor Approved)

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Rail Service Enhancement Norfolk and Roanoke (language only)

Item 449 #1h

Item 449 #1h

Department of Rail and Public Transportation


Page 379, after line 1, insert:

"D. Because of the overwhelming need for the delivery of services provided by the investment in a balanced transportation system in the Commonwealth, and in an effort to deliver intercity passenger trains utilizing the Commonwealth's investments and to increase passenger train frequencies to Norfolk and Roanoke, notwithstanding the provisions of § 33.2-1601 and § 33.2-1603, Code of Virginia, the Commonwealth Transportation Board may only make further investment in intercity passenger rail capacity to serve new markets in North Carolina if the Six-Year Improvement Program adopted pursuant to § 33.2-214 includes sufficient funding to deliver train capacity improvements and provides the funding for service for additional passenger rail frequency to Norfolk and an extension of passenger rail to Roanoke.  Any Rail Enhancement Funds utilized for the purposes of the service delivery outlined in this paragraph shall be administered according to the guidelines governing the use of Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital funds."


(This amendment prohibits the Department of Rail and Public Transportation from utilizing funds to expand intercity passenger rail service to new markets in North Carolina until it has completed capacity improvements for rail service to Norfolk and Roanoke.)