HJR 211: Joint Subcommittee to Study
JLARC Recommendations on Aspects of Virginia’s Transportation Programs
October 28, 2002
The meeting began with a presentation
by the deputy secretary of transportation, who discussed Virginia's
Statewide Transportation Plan, highway needs assessment, and VDOT's
response to recommendations by the Auditor of Public Accounts. Development
of the Statewide Transportation Plan is underway and will be completed
in three phases, the first of which to be completed by December 1 of this
year and the last of which no later the July 1, 2005.
As part of this process, a methodology
for assessing the Commonwealth's transportation needs will be developed.
The process will probably be developed by VDOT in-house, rather than the
Highway Economic Requirements System (HERS) developed by the Federal Highway
Administration and recommended by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review
Commission (JLARC) in its November 30, 2001, report, "Equity and
Efficiency of Highway Construction and Transit Funding." Visions,
goals, and objectives for the plan will be formulated, and input from
stakeholders and the general public solicited and considered.
Subcommittee staff from the
Division of Legislative Services and the House Appropriations Committee
reviewed current highway construction allocation formulas, the history
of legislation dealing with the statewide highway needs assessment and
the Statewide Transportation Plan, and JLARC and other transportation
program reform proposals. On the basis of staff's recommendations,
the members agreed to recommend three pieces of legislation to the 2003
Session of the General Assembly: elimination of obsolete Code references
to the statewide arterial highway network, use of local federal revenue-sharing
funds for highway purposes, and creation of a special bridge fund. The
subcommittee postponed consideration of other potential legislative recommendations
until next year.
The Hon. Vincent
F. Callahan, Jr.
Alan B. Wambold
Division of Legislative Services
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