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1996 Session

Budget Bill - SB30 (Introduced)

Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Item 516

Item 516

First Year - FY1997Second Year - FY1998
Mass Transit Assistance (60900)$92,203,600$89,610,300
Special Programs (60901)FY1997 $1,242,200FY1998 $1,246,000
Formula Assistance (60902)FY1997 $60,865,700FY1998 $61,050,700
Capital Assistance (60903)FY1997 $20,702,700FY1998 $20,765,600
Federal and Regulatory Programs (60904)FY1997 $9,393,000FY1998 $6,548,000
Fund Sources: 
Commonwealth TransportationFY1997 $92,203,600FY1998 $89,610,300

Authority: Titles 33.1 and 58.1, Code of Virginia.


A. Of the amounts shown as Commonwealth Transportation funds, $47,854,300 the first year and $48,100,600 the second year is appropriated from the Transportation Trust Fund.


B.1. The Commonwealth Transportation Board shall allocate all funds for Mass Transit Assistance, other than Federal and Regulatory Programs, as provided in § 58.1-638, Code of Virginia.


2. The allocation of Formula Assistance to each recipient shall be limited to the recipient's eligibility for state administrative, ridesharing, and fuel, tires, and maintenance parts and supplies assistance as defined in § 58.1-638, Code of Virginia. When the initial distribution to a recipient is greater than the recipient's eligibility to receive Formula Assistance, the Commonwealth Transportation Board may transfer the surplus funds to the statewide Capital Assistance distribution under this program.


C. Out of the amounts for Federal and Regulatory Programs funds estimated at $750,000 the first year and $750,000 the second year shall be paid to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission, as provided in the Washington Metropolitan Transit Regulation Compact.


D. Funds from a stable and reliable source, as required in Public Law 96-184, as amended, are to be provided to Metro Rail from payments authorized and allocated in this program and pursuant to § 58.1-1720, Code of Virginia.


E. Funds appropriated to the Department of Rail and Public Transportation and allocated to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission to be allocated to its member jurisdictions are held in trust by the Commission for those jurisdictions until released by specific authorization from the governing bodies of the jurisdictions for the purpose for which funds were appropriated.


F. The Commonwealth Transportation Board shall operate a program entitled the Transportation Efficiency Improvement Fund (TEIF). The purpose of the TEIF program is to reduce traffic congestion by supporting transportation demand management programs designed to reduce the use of single occupant vehicles and to increase the use of high occupancy vehicle modes. Using transportation revenues generally available to the Board, funds shall be apportioned as determined by the Board to designated transportation projects in addition to funds allocated pursuant to § 33.1-23.1, Code of Virginia. Total TEIF program funding shall not exceed $1,500,000 per year. Eligible applicants for grants shall include local governing bodies, transportation district commissions, planning district commissions, metropolitan planning organizations, public service corporations, and transportation management associations whose applications are approved by an eligible public recipient or whose Board includes elected representatives from member jurisdictions. At least 50 percent of all grants-in-aid shall be distributed to eligible public residents with a local match requirement left to the Commonwealth Transportation Board.