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Howell Refutes Kaine on Transportation

Anita Kumar

Last Sunday, Gov. Tim Kaine wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post blaming state transportation woes on House Republicans.

Today, House Speaker Bill Howell offers his response. Check it out here.

For a few years, transportation was the issue in Virginia. It died down this year, but these two pieces are a clear sign that transportation will play a significant role in this year's House elections.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 21, 2009; 1:52 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009  
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As a MD resident who travels I95 to go to Richmond to see family and to the OBX, I have long ago lost interest in whether it is the GOP or the Democrats that are allowing the mess on 95 to continue. It is increasingly impossible to travel between Richmond and DC at anytime, but certainly the weekends are awful and I can't imagine what it is like for commuters. So, make it back into a toll road or whatever, but please do something.

Posted by: kinsman_bob | June 21, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The big problem in Virginia is that real estate developers have too much sway over elected officials. Way too much development has been approved. We need an adequate public facilities law just like they have in Maryland and most places around the U.S. There is no reason to approve more projects when today's roads cannot handle them.

Tim Kaine started on the right foot when he campaigned on tying land use to transportation, but got cold feet and turned to the developers' best friend -- higher taxes paid by someone else. Let's hope the next governor is willing to stand up to out-of-control development. We need an adequate public law with teeth!

Posted by: tmtfairfax | June 21, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

For Bill Howell to lay any blame for the Virginia road mess on anyone but himself and the Republican controlled state assembly is laughable. Does he mention that he promised to fully fund VDOT and that with the recession bare maintenance is all we can afford ? When he complains about the state applying for stimulus money last does he realize the mountain of projects needing funding and the idea of getting it right rather than just haphazardly doing so ? His idea of funding transportation is giving away the HOV lanes on I-395 and I-95 in the hope that they will some day build new lanes south from Dumfries. If a private co can do it and make a massive profit, why can't VA borrow the money to immediately build from Dumfries and use the tolls to pay it off ? We've had to deal with massive raffic delays building the HOV lanes and WW bridge and now they're starting all over again with the delays and a private company will profit from it. Virginia should be ashamed of itself for the delays they have manufactured. It's like we live in a third world country now. Any one traveling through Virginia on 95 can tell you. It's the worst stretch of road on the eastern seaboard. All those in the assmebly should have to drive from Richmond to DC and back again starting on a Friday at noon for several weeks in a row. Maybe they would then understand. Again they should be ashamed. Being second in the nation for bad traffic is not an award to be proud of.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | June 22, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The problem is the redneck legislature in Richmond is bitter that all the money and power is now in NOVA.

So they dont fund road projects in NoVa to mess with us.

Why does Hampton roads have better roads and bigger highways than Northern Virginia??

Posted by: tallertapas311 | June 22, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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