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Council votes to support legislation for local funding options for transit and transportation

The Charlottesville City Council has voted to support legislation that would allow the City and Albemarle County to hold a referendum on up to a one-cent sales tax that would pay for a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) as well as other transportation projects. A working group of Supervisors and Councilors are still crafting the legislation […]

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County joins City in endorsing resolution seeking permission to form new transit authority

David Blount, Legislative Liaison, TJPDC On November 5, 2008, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for enabling authority from the Virginia General Assembly to create a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in cooperation with the City of Charlottesville .  The resolution was presented to the Board for consideration by David Blount, […]

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RTA working group continues to debate approach for funding mechanism

The General Assembly convenes in just over two months. While legislation to create a Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is likely to receive support, local leaders are still seeking consensus on an appropriate funding mechanism. There remains uncertainty over whether the region’s legislators can agree on a specific funding source, or sources, that they would […]

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Supervisors provide direction to staff at retreat; ACE, transportation funding could be cut

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has provided direction to County staff regarding additional programs that may be cut in order to balance the County’s budget this year. The Board agreed that funding for the Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program, as well as funding for transportation and urban infrastructure projects, could be cut in […]

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Area legislators offer feedback on proposals for transit authority and local tax increases for transportation

The road got rough last week for local leaders trying to orchestrate the formation of a Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Transit Authority (RTA) .  On October 23, 2008, the task force of two City Councilors and two members of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors met with three area legislators to get their feedback to this regional […]

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Chamber of Commerce holds off endorsing regional transit initiative

Sue Lewis and Morgan Butler address the RTA Work Group including Supervisor David Slutzky and Mayor Dave Norris The City-County work group developing a legislative strategy for the formation of a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) met on October 17, 2008 to give further consideration to feedback from community organizations that have been heavily involved in […]

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Transit authority work group discusses state funding crisis, priority transportation projects, and passenger rail

In the wake of more bad news from VDOT on state road funding, the City-County work group developing a legislative strategy for the formation of a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) met on October 3, 2008 to review a revised list of priority transportation projects.  In addition to public transit, the list includes Hillsdale Drive extended, […]