COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Resolution to Support Application by Buckingham Branch Railroad Company for Funding from Rail Preservation Fund

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Buckingham Branch Railroad Company requesting the Board of Supervisors support for funding from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Rail Preservation Fund

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs: Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

March 1, 2006

 

ACTION:                                INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:   X                        INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Buckingham Branch Railroad Company (BBR) is requesting a resolution of support from the Board of Supervisors for the company’s request for funds from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT), Rail Preservation Fund.  The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation created the Rail Preservation Fund to assist in preserving short rail lines throughout the State. A description of the improvements to be undertaken with the requested funds is provided in Attachment A.  BBR is not requesting any financial support from the County for this work. 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Citizens.

 

DISCUSSION;

The Buckingham Branch Railroad Company leases approximately 200 miles of track from CSX between Clifton Forge and Richmond, including the CSX rail line located in Albemarle County.  BBR commenced operation on this line in December 2004. BBR needs to conduct periodic maintenance and make other improvements to this track and is pursuing Rail Preservation Funds to help cover the cost of this work. Applicants for Rail Preservation Funds are required to  obtain support from each locality where work will take place.  BBR will also be requesting support for these improvements from the Counties of Louisa, Hanover, Augusta, Rockbridge, Bath, Allegheny and the City of Charlottesville.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There will be no budget impact to the County of Albemarle. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Rail Preservation Fund requires a 30 percent match from the fund recipient. BBR will provide the 30 percent match.  Neither the Buckingham Branch Railroad Company nor VDRPT is expecting financial assistance from the County of Albemarle for this project.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

This request is consistent with County transportation policies which support the provision of rail transportation in the County, region and State.  Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt the resolution of support (Attachment B).

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A- Letter from the Buckingham Branch Railroad Company Requesting Support

Attachment B- Resolution of Support

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