Thursday, January 24, 2013

Governor McDonnell Touts Transportation Plan

The following is a release from the Governors office:

"Governor Bob McDonnell visited Fairfax County today to highlight the numerous local road and rail projects that would be jumpstarted through passage of his comprehensive transportation funding plan currently before the General Assembly. Speaking at the Center for Innovative Technology in Fairfax, the Governor was joined by representatives of numerous local organizations supporting his plan. The Governor’s plan is the most substantial long-term transportation plan put forward in Virginia in over a generation, and would generate $3.1 billion for roads and rail in the Commonwealth in just the next five years.

Speaking at the press conference, the Governor said, “The Texas Transportation Institute ranked the Washington D.C./Northern Virginia area as the nation's most congested in 2011. Not only is this a quality of life issue, but a failure to address this critical need, puts our ability to attract and retain businesses in jeopardy. Over the last few years, we have invested in transportation infrastructure, including the I-495 Express Lanes that has eased congestion on some of our most traveled roads. The “Virginia’s Road to the Future” plan, when implemented, will allow us to fund further improvements to transportation and highway safety in Northern Virginia. A broad coalition of Northern Virginia businesses and business groups agrees with me that the time to act is now. This plan will not only fund important transportation infrastructure projects like the Dulles Metrorail extension project, the I-66/Route28 interchange and widening Route 28 in Prince William, but will put Virginia’s transportation funding on a sustainable path for years to come.”

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