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Posted at 1:53 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Transit sense from the Va. Senate

By David Alpert

The Virginia Senate's finance commmittee killed three bad transportation-related bills, all of which would have transferred decision-making over transportation in Northern Virginia to Richmond and away from the region's counties and cities.

HB2000 would mandate that Governor McDonnell's representative to the Northern Virginia Transpor­tation Commission—currently Thelma Drake, from Virginia Beach—become one of Virginia's two voting members of the WMATA Board.

Supporters repeatedly invoked the Board of Trade and its chairman, Jim Dyke, whose governance report pushed for reducing the local role. Governor McDonnell also reportedly made personal calls to each senator. But opponents pointed out that the state is overstating its financial support for Metro, and that for decades it played virtually no role.

[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  | February 22, 2011; 1:53 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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