RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING CONCERN OVER THE COUNTY’S ASSUMPTION OF TRANSPORTATION RESPONSIBILITIES TRADITIONALLY RELEGATED TO THE COMMONWEALTH, THE DESIRE FOR GREATER FLEXIBILITY FOR LOCALITIES WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS, AND APPRECIATION TO THE POTOMAC RAPPAHANNOCK TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION (PRTC) AND THE VIRGINIA RAILWAY EXPRESS (VRE)

            WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors is engaged in addressing the transportation needs of its citizens which were traditionally addressed by the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

            WHEREAS, the achievement of long-term transportation solutions for the citizens of Fauquier County is made more challenging by the lack of adequate State funding for transportation; and

            WHEREAS, much of the Commonwealth’s traditional transportation responsibility to localities has effectively been shifted to counties; and

            WHEREAS, the Commonwealth has not redirected revenue to Fauquier County to fund this shift in responsibility; and

            WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors is in engaged in a process of exploring several transportation options  and identifying those which are most cost-effective for its taxpayers and most valuable to its citizens; and

            WHEREAS, one of the options explored has been proposed membership in the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE); and

            WHEREAS, the leadership and staff of PRTC and VRE have demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism, efficiency and patience in their dealings with Fauquier County; and

            WHEREAS, at this time, the Board of Supervisors has determined that it will continue to explore membership in PRTC and VRE, but is concerned by the associated costs, the long delay in gaining rail service, and the differing needs amongst Fauquier County and the jurisdictions comprising Northern Virginia; and

            WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors will continue to explore other regional options as well, and would encourage the Commonwealth to be flexible and innovative in its consideration of any proposals developed by Fauquier County for this purpose; now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 13th day of September 2007, That the Board of Supervisors requests the Commonwealth of Virginia to redirect revenues to Fauquier County and other localities in such amounts necessary to compensate them for the costs of assuming transportation responsibilities; and, be it

            RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors expresses its deep appreciation to the leadership and staff of PRTC and VRE for their patience and professional assistance during this process; and, be it

            RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors will continue to rigorously explore transportation options and identify those that are most cost-effective and valuable to its citizens; and, be it

            RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors requests that the Commonwealth of Virginia receive any future proposals as to regional transportation options for Fauquier County with a spirit of flexibility and innovation.

           

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