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Virginia DOT launches investment plan for highway funding

GasBuddy Blog -- At his annual transportation conference last week, Governor Bob McDonnell discussed the bipartisan progress being made in addressing Virginia's transportation issues; and, he announced he was working on a significant transportation funding package for the upcoming General Assembly session that will eliminate the need to transfer road construction funds to maintenance by 2019, and put at least $500 million a year in new transportation funding into roads, bridges, transit and passenger rail.

"Driving around the state, you can now see hundreds of projects underway to get people and freight in Virginia moving again," McDonnell said. "Many of these projects are being funded by our 2011 Transportation Funding Package, which set the framework...


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Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 10:05:56 PM

Hmm
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 6:39:32 PM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 8:53:18 AM

"granitestater" Their is always a diversion to other purposes around here
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remay
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 6:48:13 AM

"... get people and freight in Virginia moving again... "

Its a shame they were NOT moving!
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 5:03:34 AM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 5:00:25 AM

Sounds like they took a step in the right direction.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:56:22 AM

I guess now they will have to fund roads instead of their pet projects.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:55:15 AM

Robbing Peter to pay Paul.
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peter to paul
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Gas Prices??
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:44:21 AM

Good
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:40:53 AM

They need to fix the roads in Mi. They are horrible here.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:39:08 AM

The roads all over the country are in need of repair, VA is just starting out a little earlier on theirs...
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:35:28 AM

Good move PA.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:34:43 AM

The roads need to be fixed.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:34:22 AM

That's one big chunk of change...where is it coming from?
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:32:22 AM

Were did the Hwy tax go?
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:31:21 AM

Building a road means a continuing investment in maintenance.

Construction or maintenance money comes from the gas tax. Assuming there is no diversion to other purposes...



[Edited by: granitestater at 12/14/2012 4:34:14 AM EST]
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Where is the money coming from?
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:28:02 AM

Spend it on some thing this is really necessary.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:26:02 AM

hope the plan works
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I hope they have more than plans for spending money...
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:18:07 AM

Governments should be using tax dollars for infrastructure and maintenance not for grants to appease eco terrorists that result in $Billions in default from failed companies. Solyndra was half a $Billion alone. Think of all the roads and bridges that could have been repaired.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:16:18 AM

good for them
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:12:11 AM

Luck Virginia. My street has a 1 foot pot hole in front of my house.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:11:05 AM

...mayhaps thee rest of the country can learn something...
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:09:35 AM

"Investment" plan? The only indication of this is in the headline. The rest is a spending plan, with no indication of the source of these funds.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:08:50 AM

Funds have to come from somewhere. You will never make everyone happy.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:05:18 AM

Ohh
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:04:26 AM

The roads need to be fixed.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:03:14 AM

Glad to read that a state is trying to do somehting positive
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:03:02 AM

As Virginians, we will pay for all of this with tolls on some roads and new road taxes added at the pumps. Never trust politicians with your money.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:53:44 AM

Good for VA, at least someone is thinking and not just spend, spend, spend....
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:51:01 AM

it is a start in the right direction now if they follow through with it will be another thing
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:50:39 AM

Having a plan for spending - hmmmmm - now that's a novel thought.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:46:00 AM

at least they are thinking pro actively as opposed to reactively
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:45:52 AM

we all know where the money really came from don't we? all they did was put another name on it. sort of like telling U.S. we saved 500 billion by having troops come home from a war that our troops were never going to be in.that's like saying your gonna save money by buying the next new thing.
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Bipartisan progress is an oxymoron.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:21:15 AM

I would not trust them.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:12:25 AM

This is getting very old now.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:10:55 AM

there is no "bipartisan progress"
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:06:42 AM

Hope it all works out for them. When that happens here, there's no broadcasting the plan. It is on the sly.taking $ earmarked for one program and repurpose the $ for another program, or someones pocket, it seems to never work out.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:06:06 AM

Virginia DOT launches investment plan for highway funding and EV's and Inbreds are Not paying their fair share using the nations and states roads and highways. Federal and State fuel taxes are for the repair or replacement of roads and bridges, Not for anything else.
As more and more roads are built, people move farther away from the city or the place of work, eventually there is heavy traffic and congestion on the major streets and highways. The more roads, improved freeways or toll roads – it will be just as slow and congested as before. No matter how much you improve the traffic flow, it always ends up the same as before. More people movers, mass transit or light rail are needed to move the population back and forth from work or other travel.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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Watch out for bribes and kickbacks...
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:04:11 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:04:00 AM

There are a bunch of states that should be considering something similar.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 2:57:11 AM

Will this be along the I-95 corridor?
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 2:55:31 AM

wow $500 million a year in new transportation funding into roads, bridges, transit and passenger rail thats alot of money but obviously we need roads.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 2:52:39 AM

Prepare by accounting for your road funds...Budgeting...
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 2:49:44 AM

Some places use road money for other than the intended purpose & then cry the blues when the roads need to be repaired.
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