Expert: Virginia headed toward transportation ‘catastrophe’ | Augusta Free Press
Expert: Virginia Headed Toward Transportation ‘Catastrophe’
January 26, 2010 by afp
Item by Robert Brickhouse
Virginia is headed toward a transportation “catastrophe” if state political leaders don’t act, according to a former state transportation commissioner.
Ray Pethel made that assessment in a column in the latest issue of The Virginia News Letter published by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Pethtel, now director of the Transportation Policy Center at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, predicts increasingly severe congestion, deteriorating roadways, risk of bridge failures and possible loss of the state’s AAA bond rating if lawmakers don’t act soon to end a long-running funding crisis.
Pethtel, who was director of the Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission from 1974 to 1986, served as commonwealth transportation commissioner from 1986 to 1994 under governors Gerald Baliles and Douglas Wilder.
With essentially no money to allocate to the state’s urban or rural road systems for the foreseeable future, Virginia’s use of bond debt to obtain matching federal funds is “comparable to mortgaging the future,” Pethtel warns.
Click the link to read the entire story, and what taxes they are proposing. More cops writing tickets you can definitely bet on.
Sorry for you people living in VA, there is never a sunny day in that state! haha.