Source: Virginian-Pilot, June 10, 2012
When it comes to solving transportation problems across the commonwealth, Gov. Bob McDonnell appears ready to abandon Virginia’s paralyzed legislature and partner exclusively with the private sector. That is, perhaps, the best explanation behind his administration’s reliance on the state’s Public-Private Transportation Act to refurbish, expand or build much of the infrastructure critical to the free flow of goods and people in Hampton Roads. … Last week, McDonnell signaled he had no intention of altering course or consulting with the 140 lawmakers elected to the General Assembly. The governor recommitted to considering a series of public-private projects, including the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, Interstate 64 on the Peninsula, Interstate 95, even operations at the Port of Virginia. The big news was a proposal to transform lanes reserved for high-occupancy vehicles on Interstate 64 into high-occupancy toll lanes…..The priority in the next session should be repeal or amendment of the Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995.