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No tolls: McAuliffe announces deal on MLK Freeway extension in Portsmouth

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Friday an agreement that ensures no tolls will be collected on the Martin Luther King (MLK) Freeway extension project, a key achievement in his work to reduce the financial impact of major construction improvements on motorists in Hampton Roads.

McDonnell invites public to provide input on future road, rail projects

Gov. Bob McDonnell today invited Virginia residents to attend the public meetings to be held across the state this fall so they can learn more about transportation projects funded in the current Six-Year Improvement Program.

McDonnell announces $168M in road projects approved for construction

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) awarded $168 million worth of transportation projects during its meeting held earlier today.

McDonnell releases roads list

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s comprehensive, long term transportation funding proposal, “Virginia’s Road to the Future,” would provide the Virginia Department of Transportation with approximately $1.28 billion in new state funding that could be used for 158 highway projects providing a significant investment in improving interstate pavement, secondary system bridges, mass-transit, unpaved roads and other high priority projects.

AAA: Best and worst in Virginia transportation in 2012

“One-and-done” is a phrase oft-used to describe the NBA’s controversial draft eligibility rule. Yet it also describes what happens to a team when it wins in the first round of the playoffs, only to lose in the second round. Most transportation projects can take “roughly 1 to 3 construction seasons from funded year to completion.” They aren’t “one and done” undertakings.


AAA: 2.7M Virginians to travel for holidays

AAA projects that nearly 2.7 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home for the 2012 year-end holiday season (Saturday, December 22 to Tuesday, January 1), a very slight statistical increase of just four tenths of a percentage point from last year, or essentially flat.

McDonnell addresses statewide transportation conference

On Wednesday at his annual transportation conference, Gov. Bob McDonnell discussed the bipartisan progress being made in addressing Virginia’s transportation challenges.

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Petersen calls for CTB reform as key to roads fix

State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) called on his fellow senators and delegates to reform the Commonwealth Transportation Board membership allocation in the 2013 session.

Report: Public-Private Transportation Act needs overhaul

A new report from the Southern Environmental Law Center on Virginia’s Public-Private Transportation Act, under which billions of taxpayer dollars are being spent and decades of substantial tolls imposed, warns that the law lacks adequate safeguards to protect the public interest.

McDonnell releases PPTA pipeline

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced the Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships’ (OTP3) “pipeline” of candidate projects

McDonnell touts transportation plan

An analysis of 10 highway projects funded by Gov. Bob McDonnell’s 2011 $4 billion transportation program shows they will provide nearly 3,700 direct jobs during their construction, $190.8 million in personal income, $14.8 million in state and local tax revenues and other benefits to Virginia. “The Virginia Department of Transportation advertised more than $2 billion […]

Governor releases transportation plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Friday details of his 2012 General Assembly session transportation plan, wihch he said will provide additional funding for maintaining Virginia’s infrastructure and will continue the administration’s efforts to ensure greater accountability and transparency in Virginia’s transportation entities while delivering transportation projects more quickly and cost effectively. “Last year, working across […]

McDonnell: More than $2B in road, bridge contracts advertised in 2011

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Wednesday that the Virginia Department of Transportation advertised more than $2 billion worth of construction and maintenance contracts during 2011. Contracts include repaving, bridge repairs and replacements, intersection and safety improvements and road widenings among several other transportation projects across the state. “I tasked VDOT to push projects out the […]

McDonnell outlines roads plan

Speaking to more than 700 hundred industry and transportation agency professionals during the 2011 Governor’s Transportation Conference in Norfolk, Gov. Bob McDonnell today outlined his transportation policy and funding plans for the upcoming 2012 General Assembly Session. The governor called for changes in laws governing the allocation of future surpluses to transportation, dedicating portions of […]

Administration pushes state roads projects through design-build

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation is using design-build procurement methods to accelerate the delivery of several projects made possible through the governor’s transportation funding package which was adopted by the 2011 General Assembly, and other federal dollars. The design-build procurement method streamlines project delivery by placing responsibility for the […]

Ken Plum: Our fair share

In the decade-long debate on funding transportation improvements, many simple solutions have been offered.  Endless demands for auditing the Department of Transportation resulted in about a dozen audits, none of which alleged waste, fraud, or abuse.  No new funds were identified.  One audit suggested that reserves on projects could be reduced, freeing up money to […]

State completes $600M road bond sale

The Commonwealth Transportation Board completed the sale of $600 million of Commonwealth of Virginia Transportation Capital Projects Revenue Bonds on May 11 to advance transportation projects managed by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The bonds were sold through a competitive bidding process. Seven underwriters submitted highly […]

David Reynolds: Pay at the pump

How shall we pay for roads? It’s a simple question but Virginia likes to make it difficult. Every year governors and the General Assembly wrestle with the question, yet fail to come up with a satisfactory answer. 2011 is no exception. Those running this state live in another state — the state of denial. As […]

Conservation, smart-growth groups oppose McDonnell roads plan

A coalition of conservation and smart-growth groups are saying today that they oppose Gov. Bob McDonnell’s $4 billion transportation plan on financing and spending grounds. “The plan is anything but conservative on two counts. It involves too much borrowing and debt reminiscent of what got our households and nation into trouble over the last decade, […]

The AFP on WREL: Budget season

AFP editor Chris Graham talks news and politics with WREL’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan.” Gov. Bob McDonnell got the 2011 Virginia General Assembly rolling with his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday. McDonnell seems to be trying to put his imprint on this second legislative session as governor after an uneventful first year in office, […]

McDonnell adds to roads plans

A key part of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to get Virginia transportation moving would rededicate a portion of sales-tax revenues from the pot of money used to fund schools and public safety to roads projects in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. McDonnell said today that he will back legislation to move about $140 million a […]

Ken Plum: Opportunity for leadership

As Spock in the 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country quoted “an ancient Vulcan proverb, only Nixon could go to China,” only Gov. Bob McDonnell can save Virginia’s transportation funding program from bankruptcy. Nixon had a strong anti-communist reputation. He was able to go to China and open diplomatic relations without fear of […]

The AFP on WREL: Inside Virginia politics

AFP editor Chris Graham joins WREL’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan” to talk Virginia news and politics. The segment begins with a discussion of UVa. professor Larry Sabato’s assessment of the 2012 U.S. Senate race that has the Virginia race a “tossup.” And that’s before knowing who the candidates will be on either side. The talk […]

Moran: McDonnell waging ‘$1.1 billion bet’ on Virginia’s future

Promises to cut federal spending on state transportation projects by the new Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives will have implications on political debates regarding transportation in Virginia. “House Republicans threatening to cut transportation exposes the dangerous flaws in Bob McDonnell’s deficit-spending transportation plan,” Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran said Wednesday. […]

Dem legislator to RPV chair: ‘The people expect you to lead’

A snarky letter sent by Republican Party of Virginia chair Pat Mullins to Democratic state legislators prompted a response in kind from Del. Ken Plum, D-Reston. “Your party controls two of the three bodies necessary to pass legislation, the House of Delegates and the governor. The people expect you to lead. I do not think […]

Ken Plum: it will take more than magic

A hobby I pursue infrequently is performing magic tricks. Recently I did a magic show for preschoolers to help the United Christian Parish Preschool that my wife Jane directs raise money to improve the preschool library. As I explained to my eager audience, magic can make the seemingly impossible take place. When the children were […]

The politics of the VDOT audit

An audit should be, well, an audit – a review of facts and figures with a bottom line assessment. When an audit is not an audit – when it involves the great political football in Virginia politics. “We must demand better stewardship and utilization of existing funds. That is why I ordered this comprehensive performance […]

Transportation audit yields mixed results

A review of performance audits of the state transportation program found that the current business model for transportation research is sound, but comprehensive implementation and utilization of research results is lagging. That’s the word from the study of the Virginia Transportation Research Council conducted by the Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center and B.T. […]

Waynesboro traffic: Problem still viewed as down the road

Growth in the commercial sector in the West End has buttressed the Waynesboro economy from the worst effects of the ongoing economic slowdown, but that growth has come with a price in the form of traffic congestion on the Lew DeWitt Boulevard-Rosser Avenue corridor. it stands to reason that the explosion in retail that pulls […]

Ken Plum: Transportation progress?

Column by Ken Plum www.kenplum.com   Gov. Bob McDonnell ran for office as the only candidate with a “transportation plan,” a multi-page, single-spaced document that was good for waving to political crowds but which critics who read its content said had little substance. A report from the governor’s office last month on the progress of […]

81: Wait and see

Special Report by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   You might remember all the hubbub over what they were planning to do with Interstate 81. They were going to pave over the Valley! That was what people were saying, anyway, looking at the monstrosities of plans that we knew as the Star Solutions proposal and the Fluor […]

McDonnell: Transportation audits a ‘step in the process’

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net    Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced a series of independent audits aimed at improving transportation performance and the efficiency of Virginia’s transportation agencies.