2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Floor Approved)

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Waive Cap for Transit Ridership Incentive Program (language only)

Item 442 #1h

Item 442 #1h

Department of Rail and Public Transportation


Page 527, after line 26, insert:

“J. The Commonwealth Transportation Board shall waive the 25 percent cap, pursuant to § 33.2-1526.3 D, on the Transit Ridership Incentive Program to allow for more funding for transit equity to support the reduction or elimination of fares due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”


(This amendment authorizes the CTB to waive the 25 percent cap for the Transit Ridership Incentive Program. The 2020 General Assembly created the Transit Ridership Incentive Program in House Bill 1414. The Code of Virginia § 33.2-1526.3 states that up to 25 percent of the funds in this program may be "available to support the establishment of programs to reduce the impact of fares on low-income individuals, including reduced-fare programs and elimination of fares." The remainder of the funds will be used to "promote improved transit service in urbanized areas of the Commonwealth with a population in excess of 100,000." This budget amendment will allow the Commonwealth Transportation Board to waive the 25 percent cap and allocate more funding to support the reduction or elimination of fares. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a decreased demand in multi-jurisdictional commuter bus services in urbanized areas and an increased demand for fare reduction due to the pandemic.)