Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gov. McDonnell unveils billion-dollar list of proposed rail and transit projects

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's long-term transportation funding proposal, "Virginia's Road to the Future," would provide the Virginia Department of Transportation with approximately $1.07 billion in new funds for rail and transit projects.

In addition, the plan would prevent approximately $500 million of projects in the existing six-year improvement program from being delayed due to a downturn in revenue projections.

Speaking about the transportation funding plan, Gov. McDonnell said, "The recommended list of transportation infrastructure projects represents a significant down payment on Virginia's transportation future. Every corner of the commonwealth will reap the benefits of safer roads, quicker commutes and increased access to public transportation if this plan is adopted. A world-class transportation system is vital to both economic opportunity and to the quality of life of every Virginian. It is imperative that we act now to ensure that Virginia continues to lead the way as a top place to live, work and raise a family."

Among the projects the governor would recommend are:

• Dulles Metrorail Extension Project

• Extension of passenger rail to Roanoke

• Increased train service to and from Norfolk

• Track improvements Newport News to Richmond/Richmond to Washington, D.C.

Funding for these projects are in addition to the funding in the commonwealth transportation board's current Six-Year Improvement Program.

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