Furthermore, the new funds being collected in Hampton Roads must be used entirely for highways, bridges and tunnels. They cannot be used in any way for public transit.
In addition, the year 2018 will see the end of a major source of funds for public transit systems throughout Virginia. Ten years of state bond funds for capital improvements and "good repair" will cease.
In these three ways, public transit providers around the state, and particularly in Hampton Roads, face serious shortfalls in funding. Serious reductions in transit services will occur, if nothing is done.
The 2018 General Assembly can take steps to fund public transit in better, more reliable ways. Such actions are vital to our economy, to our health, and to the lives of many, many Virginia workers, seniors, students, and others.
The League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads is currently studying these needs and possible solutions, in order to engage with General Assembly members before and during their next session early in 2018. The League is sponsoring a series of meetings focusing on transit needs and funding possibilities.
Citizens Guide to Transportation Planning http://www.hrtpo.org/uploads/docs/CitizensGuide2017.pdf
All League meetings are open to the public.
Please see our Calendar for events concerning transportation.