Virginia’s transportation funding plan was finally in place. ‘Then COVID-19 hit.’ | Govt-and-politics

Success came in 2013, when the assembly approved a $6 billion transportation funding package — sponsored by then-House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, and supported by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell — much larger in scope than they originally sought. The final package included long-sought regional funding for transportation priorities in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne, then a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, said Southard played an important role in getting the bill passed, as well as subsequent legislation that led to the creation of the Smart Scale program for ranking state transportation projects and committing money to get them done.

“He was a steadfast proponent of transportation funding,” Layne said.

Later, as transportation secretary under Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Layne said he initially clashed with Southard and his industry over reforms to the Public Private Transportation Act to protect the state’s interests in major highway deals with

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Northam signs Hampton Roads transportation funding law : Augusta Free Press

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Gov. Ralph Northam celebrated the launch of Virginia’s first zero-emission electric buses on Friday as he ceremonially signed a new law that provides dedicated funding for the first time in Hampton Roads Transit’s history.

The governor was joined by Sen. Louise Lucas, who sponsored Senate Bill 1038, and Delegate Alex Askew, who sponsored House Bill 1726. Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler, and Director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) Jennifer Mitchell also participated.

“This legislation provides critical funding to increase access to public transit in a vital economic region of the Commonwealth,” said Northam. “The transition to all-electric

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U.S. DOT provides Louisiana transportation agency with $5 million ‘quick release’ emergency relief funding in wake of Hurricane Laura

WASHINGTON and BATON ROUGE, La. —The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Sept. 4 announced the immediate availability of $5 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help Louisiana begin repairs to highways and bridges damaged by Hurricane Laura and Tropical Storm Marco.

“This administration is committed to helping the residents of Louisiana recover and rebuild in the aftermath of these hurricanes,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Louisiana experienced high winds and heavy rain from the two storms from August 23-29. Storm surge, high winds and flood damage occurred throughout the western half of the state.

These “quick release” funds will make it easier for emergency repair work, such as stabilizing and repairing roadway embankments and bridges, rebuilding damaged roadways and repairing or replacing damaged structures, traffic signals and signs, to begin immediately. The $5 million represents only a portion of what the

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KDOT offers new transportation technology funding

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Kansas Department of Transportation has made new transportation program funding available.



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The Kansas Department of Transportation says projects that promote safety, improve access or mobility and update transportation technology can now receive financial assistance in the new Innovative Technolgy Program.

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KDOT says all transportation modes and technologies are eligible and non-governmental applications will also be considered.

“As a leader in UAS, it’s important that we implement new technologies safely. Citizens at Local Consult meetings across the state last year stressed the need for technology opportunities to better position Kansas for the future,” said Secretary Julie Lorenz. “This program will help both rural and urban areas of the state improve the transportation system.” 

KDOT says it will hold an informational webinar about the program on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m.

According to the Department, the program has

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Census data affects transportation funding

Transit agencies like the New York State Department of Transportation, the Department of Motor Vehicles and Capital District Transportation Authority are encouraging people to fill out the census because its results affect how more than $675 billion in federal funding is spent on transportation.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal Department of Transportation’s Highway Planning and Construction program alone distributed more than $38 billion, the fourth-largest amount of federal funding that was impacted by census results.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development distributed billions more in community development block grants, which are discretionary funds that local governments can choose to use on roads.

Census data also affects which areas are classified as urban and which as rural. This categorization impacts eligibility for federal funds. For example, the U.S. DOT’s Urbanized Area Formula Grants are extended to urban areas and to governors to spend on transportation in urban

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