2018 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hodges
VPA Review of Barge Services (language only)

Item 460 #1h

Item 460 #1h

Virginia Port Authority


Page 404, after line 28, insert:

"F. The Virginia Port Authority shall report on existing rail capacity and the feasibility of increasing "short seas" shipping in the Commonwealth.  The Virginia Port Authority shall (i) determine the capacity and efficiency of existing rail systems, (ii) examine ways in which these rail systems can be more fully utilized, (iii) determine if certain cargo or commodities, i.e. sand, gravel, timber or other products currently being transported by truck could be transported by "short seas" shipping, and (iv) examine existing resources for "short seas" shipping to and from specified coastal areas.  The report shall be submitted to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Chairmen of the House and Senate Transportation Committees by November 30, 2018."


(This amendment directs the Virginia Port Authority to examine current rail or other resources, and determine whether increasing "short seas" or barge service is feasible.)