Omnibus Transportation Bill provides for funding and implementation of the program
In short order, the General Assembly passed an Omnibus Transportation Bill that transforms the way Virginia finances its rail program, adds significant new funding for rail, and establishes a Passenger Rail Authority to oversee the expansion and operation of state-funded intercity passenger rail.
Through this historic combination of rail initiatives and supporting legislation, the Northam Administration took the lead on a host of rail public policy innovations that signal a radical new approach to developing rail in the Commonwealth.
VRPI'S IMPACT ON RAIL POLICY
VRPI Directors and Fellows should recognize these policy innovations, which correspond in every particular to revisions in rail policy we've advocated for years. The value of independent thought and analysis on rail policy cannot be overstated. Since its founding in 2002, VRPI has been a source of both challenges to the status quo and the dissemination of positive alternatives to existing policies, and we believe our work has had an impact!
The past two years have been active and productive ones for VRPI. We've sponsored public programs, disseminated articles, presentations and reports, and maintained a positive dialogue with Virginia policy makers. We invite you to read our Biennial Report of VRPI Activities and Publications on this website. Every item represents a positive contribution to the public dialogue on Virginia rail policy.