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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Hardball over HOT lanes in Arlington

By David Alpert

D.C. isn't the only place in the area where a Republican legislative majority in a large, mostly exurban and rural geographic area is threatening serious budget blows against a small, Democratic-leaning, urban jurisdiction.

In the Virginia legislature, at least one influential House Republican is looking to take a big bite out of Arlington County's revenue as payback for its opposition to HOT lanes.

ARLnow has been reporting from Richmond about how Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax), the chair of the House Republican caucus, has been holding up a bill to let Arlington continue its existing hotel tax. Now, he's also introduced three budget amendments which would withhold money from jurisdictions that oppose HOT lane projects, cut off state funding for Arlington's streetcar and roadway changes on Columbia Pike, and conduct an audit of the quality of roadways in Arlington.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | January 25, 2011; 10:46 AM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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What does HOT have to do with anything? I think it's safe to say Arlington County would oppose any new highway project within its borders, HOT or not.

Posted by: krickey7 | January 25, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"In the Virginia legislature, at least one influential House Republican is looking to take a big bite out of Arlington County's revenue as payback for its opposition to HOT lanes. "

Serves the oppoNUTS in Arlington damn good and right. Their NIMBY obstructionist insistence on a stripped-down I-66 has inconvenienced the entire NOVA region for decades.

It's logical to conclude that their success in preventing 66 from being built to adequately serve the region emboldened their efforts to stymie the HOT lane project on 395. It just might backfire, ha ha.

Posted by: ceefer66 | January 26, 2011 12:06 AM | Report abuse

The VA legislature has never voted on Hot lanes. Let them actually hold a vote so that when the 395 conversion is a total flop we know who to hold accountable. Until then, if they have no support in the legislature, how can Arlington be punished for VA's lack of democracy ?

Posted by: Falmouth1 | January 26, 2011 5:30 AM | Report abuse

The VA legislature has never voted on Hot lanes. Let them actually hold a vote so that when the 395 conversion is a total flop we know who to hold accountable. Until then, if they have no support in the legislature, how can Arlington be punished for VA's lack of democracy ?

Posted by: Falmouth1 | January 26, 2011 5:31 AM | Report abuse

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