Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee passed legislation today that advances "The Virginia's Road to the Future" transportation and funding reform package.
"I am pleased that the Senate Finance Committee voted today to advance our comprehensive transportation funding and reform package. The 'Virginia's Road to the Future' plan will generate the largest infusion of funding for Virginia's transportation system in more than 25 years, and help create a safe, efficient and reliable transportation system throughout the Commonwealth. The plan will put $3.1 billion into our roads, bridges and railways over just the next five years, while creating an estimated 20,000 jobs. It is supported by Virginia citizens two-to-one over competing transportation funding proposals. Our citizens deserve a modern, well-funded transportation system that will get them to work and home on time, without delay. Our investment in building and maintaining our highways, transit systems and railroads is of utmost importance to the citizens of Virginia and they have told us loud and clear that now is the time to get something done on this issue. Today's action is another major step forward in our effort to enact a long overdue, long-term transportation funding solution. I now urge the full House of Delegates and Senate to pass this bill and keep Virginia moving."