Richmond, VA Officials Say City Could Lose Millions In Transit Funding Under Proposed Law (HB2269)

A bill currently approved by the General Assembly could strip Richmond of millions of dollars in federal funding for transportation and air quality improvement if it is signed into law by the governor.

House Bill 2269, introduced by Republican Del. Charles Poindexter of Franklin County, prohibits the state from participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative and “any other regional transportation sector emissions program.” Richmond officials are worried the bill is so broadly worded that it could affect existing programs like the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. Richmond has received more than $34 million in transit funding from the program over the last decade.