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Transportation in Virginia VACO Conference November 8, 2010 Gregory Whirley Commissioner.

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1 Transportation in Virginia VACO Conference November 8, 2010 Gregory Whirley Commissioner

2 2 Today’s Topics VDOT Performance Audit Special Funding Programs Locally Administered Projects Program Other Issues What’s Next Q/A

3 3 Overview of Performance Audit Governor calls for performance audit of VDOT Purpose of the audit is to: Provide an independent assessment of VDOT’s organizational structure, programs, and operations; Determine whether VDOT is operating efficiently and effectively in carrying out its mission; and Develop findings and recommendations designed to reduce duplication of effort, increase programmatic efficiencies, and effect cost savings wherever possible. Cherry, Bekaert & Holland selected to conduct the audit on April 26, 2010 – estimated cost = $424,000 Audit identifies over 50 recommendations that may accelerate the planning and delivery of over $1 billion in maintenance and construction projects 3

4 4 Findings/Recommendations Funding Obligate federal funds earlier during the year 6 months into FFY10, only 5% of federal funds obligated Improve project monitoring of inactive projects ($130 million on average) Obtain FHWA approval to use toll credits (over $400 million in credits) Not additional funds – allow VDOT to use 100% federal funds and eliminate state match requirement Portion of CPR bonds available for other uses Eliminate federal revenue reserve to allow better leveraging of existing resources ($524 million) Revise reserve cash and funding policies to reduce from 5 ½ month reserve to 60-day reserve ($200 million) 4

5 5 Findings/Recommendations Maintenance VDOT spent $488 million less than available maintenance project allocations in FY10 VDOT carried over $529 million in unspent maintenance allocations in FY11 Formalize district budget review process to ensure strategic directions and condition assessments are addressed Monitor plans and budgets with objective of spending available funds FY10 – districts planned to spend $505 million less than allocated Revise policy to federalize only maintenance projects needed to meet federal funding goals Plan maintenance work to use budgets and accelerate maintenance work to reduce carryover Carryover balances grew from $8 million in FY05 to $529 million in FY10 5

6 66 Carryover Trends (in millions) Fiscal Year Original Approved Allocation Final Allocation (including carryover)ExpendituresBalance Percent of Unspent Final Allocations 2002$ 871.9$ 871.0$ 840.1$ % % % ,032.41, % 20061,080.01,102.81, % 20071,185.71, % 20081,257.61,583.71, % 20091,186.41,578.51, % 20101,312.41,660.81, %

7 77 Unspent Maintenance Balances to Unspent Maintenance Contracts ( at June 30 th in millions ) The following graph shows the shift in policy of how VDOT manages maintenance projects:

8 8 Findings/Recommendations Project Development and Execution Currently use same process regardless of size or complexity Designate certain construction and maintenance project types for state funding only and develop risk-based approach to reduce time and costs Improve communication between districts and Central Office and the transportation industry Develop project management performance metrics and increase district and Central Office monitoring Shorten procurement time for obtaining consultant engineers 8

9 9 Findings/Recommendations Operations relating to safety and congestion mitigation Analyze effects of reduction in safety service patrols to determine negative impact on congestion, safety, or environment Improve connectivity and redundancy between Transportation Operations Centers, and provide technology funding, better leverage and market available technologies and innovation Compliance with Blueprint Initiative Make business process improvements and design structure and staff size based on analysis Monitor and assess use of contractors and consultants for effective utilization, cost savings and outsourcing alternatives Implement Planning and Investment Management group in each district to plan and utilize resources to maximum benefit of Commonwealth 9

10 10 Actions Under Way to Address Audit Recommendations Advertise/award $800 to $900 million of maintenance and construction contracts from June to December 31, 2010 Advertise/award 261 projects in the SYIP totaling $471 million from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011 Develop $450 million in paving- and maintenance-related projects to close gap between allocations available and awarded contracts $200 million in contracts currently under development Remaining $250 million under contract by spring 2011 Improve process of obligating federal funds Obtain FHWA approval to use over $400 million in toll credits Revise Six-Year Improvement Program to add back $524 million of federal reserves Recommend to CTB that $60 million is dedicated annually to preliminary engineering to support construction program 10

11 11 Actions Under Way to Address Audit Recommendations Work with localities and MPOs to advance locally administered projects and safety projects using federal funds Use $200 million of the construction cash balance to advance projects in the SYIP Monitor construction projects financed with federal funds and move unused balances to active projects - $130 million on average Implement staff changes to improve management team: Districts report to new Chief Deputy New Chief of Planning and Programming – more emphasis on construction New Chief Financial Officer New PPTA office Restore emergency staff to proper levels 11

12 12 Recommendations to Better Leverage Current Resources (shown in millions) Proposed actionsImmediate Impact (12 months or less) Longer Impact (longer than 12 months) Total Utilize excess construction cash$200 Add federal reserves to the SYIP84$ Let more maintenance project contracts200 Release federal inactive balances130 Total$614$440$1,054 Utilizing toll credits may allow more flexibility with CPR bonds Over $400 Total with funding/credits$614$840$1,454

13 13 Revenue Sharing Program Current Program: 50/50 matching program Open to Counties and Cities and Towns in the Urban System Program allocation between $15M minimum and $50M maximum FY11 allocations were $15 million state matching funds $50 million allocation available 3 previous years Max allocation of $1 Million per locality Allocations provided via tiered approach Tier 1 – Project is Locally Administered Tier 2 – Locality provides funding greater than required match Tier 3 – Acceleration of existing project Tier 4 – All other eligible requests

14 14 Revenue Sharing Program Comparison of Past 3 Years 2011 Approved 2011 Requested 2010 Approved 2009 Approved Localities Eligible to Participate:176 # Localities Participating47 (27%)53 (30%)57 (32%)76 (43%) - Towns (42 eligible to participate)9 (21%) 11 (26%)15 (35%) - Cities (39 eligible to participate)15 (38%) 17 (46%)23 (59%) - Counties (95 eligible to participate)23 (24%)29 (30%) 38 (40%) Total # Projects Locally Administered VDOT Administered VDOT Match Recommended/Requested: $15,000,000$37,208,609$39,497,523$49,142,359 Additional Locality Unmatched:$14,092,663$16,407,103$ 7,811,979$24,534,763 Tier 1 amount recommended/requested: Tier 2 amount recommended/requested: Tier 3 amount recommended/requested: Tier 4 amount recommended/requested: $15,000,000 $0 $0 $0 $32,544,746 $4,523,563 $0 $140,300 $24,893,298 $13,592,225 $0 $1,012,000 Tier change effective with the FY10 Program

15 15 Revenue Sharing Program Current Discussion/Proposals Possible legislative proposal to increase flexibility Parallels VACO’s position (eliminate tiers) Call for letters of intent to participate in FY12 Deadline – December 17, 1010 Identify for budget planning Maximize participation and leverage resources

16 16 Annual Program Funding: $5.5 M –Includes Economic Development Access, Airport Access and Rail Industrial Access projects Economic Development Access –Maximum allocation of $500,000 unmatched and $150,000 matched –Allocation contingent on documentation of capital investment $1 allocation available for every $5 of investment Projects can be: –Traditional (named business) –Bonded (speculative) Bonded (speculative) projects require total or partial reimbursement by localities if capital outlay is not documented in 5 years. Economic Development Access Road Program

17 17 Recent EDA Program Changes 2009: CTB policy amended in response to economic conditions –Increased maximum unmatched allocation to $500,000 (up from $350,000) –Reduced capital outlay documentation requirement from 10% of access program funding to 20% 2010: CTB policy discussion to provide relief to localities with bonded projects –Declared a moratorium on calling bonds from July 1, 2010 until July 1, 2012 provided locality extends its bond

18 18 Transportation Enhancement Program Mandatory 10% STP Program Set-Aside –Receive ~ project applications annually –CTB allocates funds to ~ 100 projects annually 12 eligibility categories Current CTB Policy (Updated November 2009) –Annual allocation (~$15M-$20M) divided equally among members –Funding requests limited to $1M annually per project –Fund a minimum of 50% of requested amount –Fully fund projects requesting < $200,000 –Projects must be complete within 4 yrs. of CTB allocation Proposed CTB Policy Update (December 2010) –Additional focus on statewide tourism initiatives Application Deadline (Existing Projects Only) – December 1, 2010

19 19 Locally Administered Projects % of Locally Administered Projects Based on 36 Month Ad Schedule

20 20 Locally Administered Projects Locally Administered Projects Manual - Risk Based Approach to Project Delivery - State-Aid Project Certification Core Curriculum Training - Web-based training for local decision makers – released 11/1 (12 minute high level overview) - Web-based training for project managers – anticipated 11/15 Local Assistance Division Newsletters - Released Quarterly - Valuable information on special programs and events - Updates on locally administered program guidance

21 21 Other Issues One Stop Statewide Customer Service Center –Call FOR-ROAD from any location in the state –Staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week –Maximize efficiency and respond to business needs as our organizational structure has changed Proposal to clarify that CTB approval not needed for Locally Administered Projects Reduce Bond Requirement Limit Working with DCR to exempt Rural Rustic Road Projects from certain regulations to keep costs down

22 22 What’s Next VDOT’s Action Plan in Response to the Performance Audit Governor’s Transportation Conference-Reforming and Revitalizing Transportation in Virginia – December 8-10 th Legislative Package to address Streamlining Initiatives that require statute changes


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