Our success on transportation funding and VDOT reform, this past session, was a good first step. We have to be bold in our approach as we move forward.
First, funds that are dedicated to meet our transportation needs in our Transportation Trust Fund should not be at risk of being diverted to pay for other non-transportation programs or projects. We need to restore “trust” to the trust fund.
Next, we need to recognize the importance of using surplus tax dollars for transportation projects and commit to do exactly that. The prevailing view in the Virginia Senate has been exactly opposite this position.
Our community has known for years the cost and benefits of tolled roads. Other communities need to be willing to do the same to meet their own transportation needs.
Finally, we need further reform in VDOT processes and continued expansion of private sector involvement in road and highway, development, construction and maintenance.