Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement after the House of Delegates Finance Committee passed legislation today that advances "The Virginia Roads to the Future" transportation and funding reform package.
"Today, our effort to enact a long-term solution to Virginia's transportation funding challenges took a major step forward. The House of Delegates Finance Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to advance our comprehensive transportation funding and reform package that will provide $3.1 billion in investments for our roads and rail over just the next five years, and create a safe, efficient and reliable transportation system throughout the Commonwealth. I am pleased that legislators from both parties voted in support of our plan. We all recognize that the time is now to improve transportation in Virginia. The can has been kicked for too long, and Virginians deserve a modern, well-funded transportation system that will get them to work and home on time, without delay. This first vote clearly demonstrates a growing, and bipartisan, consensus that transportation is a core function of government and our investments in building and maintaining our highways, transit systems and railroads is of utmost importance to the citizens of Virginia. Today marks the first positive step forward in our effort to enact a long overdue, long-term transportation funding solution. Now, I look forward to continuing to work with legislators in both chambers, and from both parties, to see this plan passed into law, and get traffic moving again in Virginia."