2012 Special Session I

Budget Bill - HB1301 (Chapter 3)

Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Item 442

Item 442

First Year - FY2013Second Year - FY2014
Financial Assistance for Rail Programs (61000)$57,587,000$50,062,000
Rail Industrial Access (61001)FY2013 $3,000,000FY2014 $3,000,000
Rail Preservation Programs (61002)FY2013 $7,987,000FY2014 $7,887,000
Passenger and Freight Rail Financial Assistance Programs (61003)FY2013 $46,600,000FY2014 $39,175,000
Fund Sources:  
Commonwealth TransportationFY2013 $57,587,000FY2014 $50,062,000

Authority: Title 33.1, Code of Virginia.

A. Except as provided in Item 440, the Commonwealth Transportation Board shall operate the Shortline Railway Preservation and Development Program in accordance with § 33.1-221.1:1.2, Code of Virginia.  The board may allocate funds pursuant to § 33.1-23.1, Code of Virginia, to the Shortline Railway Preservation and Development Fund.

B. The Commonwealth Transportation Board shall operate the Rail Industrial Access Program in accordance with § 33.1-221.1:1, Code of Virginia.  The board may allocate funds pursuant to § 33.1-23.1, Code of Virginia, to the fund for construction of industrial access railroad tracks. 

C. Because of the overwhelming need for the development of a balanced transportation system in the Commonwealth, upon approval by the Commonwealth Transportation Board and notwithstanding the provisions of § 33.1-221.1:1.1, Code of Virginia, the 30 percent match requirement for the Rail Enhancement Fund is hereby waived exclusively for funding allocated from such fund for improvements for the Richmond/Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Project between Richmond and Norfolk in the 2012-2014 biennium.

D. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in implementing the provisions of the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund created pursuant to § 33.1-221.1:1.3, Code of Virginia, the Commonwealth Transportation Board may allocate such funds as it deems necessary from the Rail Enhancement Fund, created pursuant to § 33.1-221.1:1.1, Code of Virginia.  Such funding shall not exceed $6,700,000 the first year and $19,400,000 the second year, unless additional funding shall be required in either year for capital improvements between Petersburg and Richmond in conjunction with the acquisition of slots two and three for regional passenger rail service initiating in Norfolk. Such request shall be made only if the Director notifies the Commonwealth Transportation Board of any verifiable action by any federal entity or agency, or any other state, to secure from CSX the slots Virginia would require for this service.

E. Included in the amounts for Passenger and Freight Rail Financial Assistance, $150,000 in the first year is provided for the continued operation of transit connector service from the Roanoke Valley to the Kemper Street Station in Lynchburg as part of the daily intercity passenger rail service. Receipt of this funding is contingent upon the Greater Roanoke Transit Service establishing AMTRAK reservation capabilities for the daily service. It is the intent of the General Assembly that no additional funding in excess of normal transit formula distribution as awarded by the Department shall be appropriated in support of this service in any future years.