Governor McDonnell Launches "Virginia's Road to the Future" Website

Background information and supporting documents are on “Virginia’s Road to the Future” (HB 2313/SB 1355), the comprehensive, long-term transportation funding plan proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell, is now available on a new website: 

            www.VaRoadtotheFuture.com 

            Speaking about the launch, Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton said, “We encourage all Virginians to become better informed on the issues facing Virginia’s transportation funding challenges and to learn about the bold, innovative solution proposed by Governor McDonnell. It is critical that we act now to ensure that our transportation system does not hinder prosperity, growth and opportunity in the Commonwealth.”

            The new website is available to those interested in learning more about the Governor’s proposal to increase funding for the Commonwealth’s transportation system. Some of the features on the site include:

·                     Proposed transportation project list

·                     Comprehensive frequently asked questions

·                     Financial breakdowns

·                     Factsheets

·                     Legislative information

·                     Endorsements and supporters

            The site will be updated with new information on a regular basis.

            Numerous business, labor and transportation groups that have already announced their support of the governor’s plan. They are

·                     American Concrete Paving Association - Mid-Atlantic Chapter

·                     APM Terminals

·                     Associated General Contractors of Virginia

·                     Amtrak

·                     Apartment and Office Building Association

·                     Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of Teamsters

·                     Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

·                     CSX Transportation, Inc.

·                     DuPont

·                     Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce

·                     Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

·                     Greater Richmond Technology Council

·                     Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance

·                     Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

·                     Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

·                     Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association

·                     Heavy Construction Contractors Association

·                     Home Builders Association of Virginia

·                     Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

·                     Luck Companies

·                     Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

·                     Norfolk Southern Corporation

·                     Northern Virginia Technology Council

·                     Old Dominion Highway Contractors Association

·                     Prince William Chamber of Commerce

·                     Richmond Area Municipal Contractors Association

·                     Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce

·                     Precast Concrete Association of Virginia

·                     Sheet Metal Air Rail and Transportation Union

·                     Virginia Economic Developers Association

·                     Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

·                     Virginia Asphalt Association

·                     Virginia Association of Counties

·                     Virginia Association of REALTORS

·                     Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals

·                     Virginia Association of Surveyors

·                     Virginia Automobile Dealers Association

·                     Virginia Business Council

·                     Virginia Chamber of Commerce

·                     Virginians for High Speed Rail

·                     Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

·                     Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

·                     Virginia Railroad Association

·                     Virginia Ready-Mixed Concrete Association

·                     Virginia Regional Transit

·                     Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance

·                     Washington Airports Task Force

·                     Wawa

            Governor McDonnell’s plan will provide more than $3.1 billion in transportation funding for the Commonwealth over the next 5 years, including $1.8 billion for new construction. It will end the state’s crossover issue, in which money meant for construction is currently diverted to simple maintenance. The plan ties future transportation funding to economic growth and makes Virginia the first state in the nation to eliminate its gas tax, a rapidly declining revenue source. The full plan is available here.

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