Monday, February 25, 2013

General Assembly Passes Transportation Legislation

Major changes to how Virginia funds transportation projects passed during the General Assembly's last day of the 2013 regular session.  The bill passed with a 25-15 vote in the Senate and a 60-40 vote in the House.

The new transportation plan is expected to provide $880 million in additional funds into transportation each year by 2018.  The bill also replaces the 17.5 cent-per-gallon gas tax with a 3.5% wholesale tax on gas and 6% wholesale tax on diesel.  Registration fees for electric and alternative fuel vehicles will increase from $50 to $100.

The legislation also raises the state sales tax on nonfood purchases from 5% to 5.3%, with the three-tenths of a percentage point dedicated to transportation funding.  Additionally, $200 million from the general fund revenue would be dedicated to transportation each year.

Passenger rail, like Amtrak's Northeast Regional, also benefits from the plan as it creates a dedicated funding source. 

Click here to read Governor Bob McDonnell's statement regarding the passage of this legislation:  http://www.governor.virginia.gov/news/viewRelease.cfm?id=1693

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

U.Va Dining Bike Fix-It Stations Installed

On February 6, Parking and Transportation installed two more Bike Fix-It Stations on U.Va Grounds.  The stations, sponsored by U.Va Dining Services, were installed outside of O-Hill and Runk.  Read more about the program in U.Va Today's Article:  Three More DIY Bicycle Repair Stations Installed on U.Va. Grounds

Runk Dining Hall Bike Fix-It Station

Photo by Dan Addison (U.Va Today Article, 2/11/2013)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

On Board Recycling

Just in time for Recyclemania, University Transit Service (UTS) passengers may now recycle plastics, metal, paper and glass used while riding the bus.  Each bus has a blue "recyclables only" bag that passengers may place these items in.

Remember to help U.Va win Recyclemania in 2013!  Recyclemania is an annual nationwide competition that runs through March 31.  Follow U.Va Sustainability on Facebook and Twitter for ranking updates.