Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DPVA Chair Brian Moran hits governor on his transportation failure

Brian Moran

Richmond, VA — Yesterday the Virginia Senate voted to reject a conference report on the Virginia budget due to Senate Democrats’ refusal to allow Governor Bob McDonnell and Republicans to pass the cost of extending the Metro line to Dulles Airport on to Virginia families and potentially endanger the future of the project altogether.

“Let us be clear about how we got to this point,” said DPVA Chairman Brian Moran. “Bob McDonnell has had three full sessions to introduce a transportation agenda that secures the dedicated statewide revenue we need to maintain the infrastructure we have and complete critical projects like the Midtown Tunnel in Hampton Roads and extending rail to Dulles Airport. He has failed to do that and Virginia families and businesses are poised to pay the price with higher tolls, longer commutes and a diminished quality of life.

“No one wanted to see these budget negotiations reach this point, but Senate Democrats deserve credit for standing up to this Governor and refusing to allow him to sit on his hands and let our transportation crisis be the next Governor’s problem. I urge Governor McDonnell and his Republican colleagues to stop playing political games with the funding we need to finish these projects, realize the jobs and economic growth they offer this Commonwealth and finally get serious about solving our transportation crisis.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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