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Terry McAuliffe's Platform for Putting Virginia First: Transportation

Terry McAuliffe's Platform for Putting Virginia First: Transportation

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To be the best state for business we have to focus on building on the Commonwealth’s strengths while diversifying our economy. We’re faced with serious challenges as our federal government learns to live within its means, but these challenges also represent an opportunity to grow a strong and diverse 21st century economy.
To be the best state for business we have to focus on building on the Commonwealth’s strengths while diversifying our economy. We’re faced with serious challenges as our federal government learns to live within its means, but these challenges also represent an opportunity to grow a strong and diverse 21st century economy.

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Published by: TerryMcAuliffe on Jun 27, 2013
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Paid for by Terry McAuliffe for Governor. Printed in house. Labor donated.
Virginia has just seen passage o the frst signifcant bipartisan compromise on transportation unding in 27 years. This wasa response to an impending unding crisis that would have made Virginia ineligible or ederal highway matching unds.Having now secured these resources, the next Governor will begin the equally important task o ensuring that they’re spentwisely and with the goal o building a more prosperous uture or all Virginians.
Pick the Right Projects; Build the Best Ones
For too long Virginia’s road and transit construction planning has been a laundry list o projects and programs, some owhich still make sense and some o which no longer ft the need or which they were designed. We need to strategicallyprioritize what we’re building and where. We should look at our current and proposed transportation expenditures rom topto bottom and support those which should move orward and pull the plug when they don’t make sense. Since Virginia’seconomy relies on a strong transportation network, job retention, job expansion and job growth will be a key actor inprioritizing precious transportation dollars.
Protecting Progress on Transportation Funding
Virginia’s recent transportation unding bill was a compromise. It wasn’t perect, but it was the frst step orward indecades. We need to build on that success by protecting the current transportation revenues and ensuring that Virginia’stransportation system supports the ongoing economic recovery in Virginia.
Funds that support our transportations system – and by extension, our economy – mustbe protected.
Our leaders in the U.S. House should be pushed to enact the MarketplaceFairness Act, applying the same rules to Internet retailers that main street retailers have to work with. Thisrevenue is a critically important part o the recent transportation compromise and without it gas taxes will riseor Virginia citizens.
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Strengthen the Virginia Department of Transportation
The Virginia Department o Transportation is a huge organization, managing the third largest highway system in the U.S.,with signifcant strengths and weaknesses. In addition to protecting the public saety, VDOT must ocus on its corepriorities, including its role in supporting state and local job growth.
You don’t put a new wing on your house when you’ve got a leak in your roo. For entirely too long Virginiahas allowed our roads and bridges to deteriorate, making repairs more costly down the road. It’s time to establish andachieve clear standards or ALL our roads and bridges.
Public/private partnerships are a critically important tool or Virginia’s transportationuture. Projects like the HOT lanes represent win-win deals or the public and or our private partners. However,public/private partnership projects are only as good as the deal that gets made. It is time to review some currentagreements and renegotiate those where the Commonwealth or the public wound up with a raw deal. Moving orward,we will insist on partnerships that meet clear standards o transparency, accountability, and public beneft.
Project selection and long term planning should be a collaboration amongtransportation experts, Virginia’s elected leaders, and local and regional leaders. Transportation planning in Virginianeeds to support local communities as well as local, regional and statewide economic growth. VDOT must be a parto that process, but may not be best suited to understanding local land use or broad economic trends. VDOT shouldbe in the business o managing maintenance and construction o transportation inrastructure, not setting theCommonwealth’s agenda. This approach to 21
century planning will: 
Ensure a good return on investment 
Build livable and sustainable communities 
Find the least intrusive solution. For example, a turn lane at a tenth o the cost o an interchange 
Adapt inrastructure to community needs rather than a community being orced to adapt to one particularinrastructure solution 
Consider all transportation options, including pedestrian, bike, barge, rail, bus, erry, demand management,and technology solutions
We can incorporate modern trafc management andsaety systems to improve our transportation system and save commuters and businesses time and money withoutmajor new construction.
Stop Toll Escalation
Too many Virginia residents and businesses will be seeing their hard earned money lost to rising tolls. It should not costthousands o dollars or our citizens to get rom home to work, or or small businesses to be unairly penalized or tryingto conduct daily business. Virginia’s leaders need to fnd air solutions to our rising toll burdens. Major toll increases arecurrently planned or early in 2014, and we now have the resources to address this critical issue.
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Working with local and regional partners in government, the Commonwealth should be doing much more to incentivizesmart growth and modern land use planning.
Our transportation network’s top priority should be to maximize the growtho our economy. People should be able to reely move around their communities and goods should be able to quicklyand easily make it to market. Projects should increase land value and drive economic growth.
By encouraging use o best practices by developers and localplanners, like interconnectivity and modern development strategies, we can reduce the burdens on ourtransportation inrastructure.
We should make sure that we’re targeting our projects to the specifcproblems they’re designed to fx. Sometimes a turn lane or a wider ramp can do as much good as added lanes orentirely new roads.
We should evaluate projects based on all o the benefts they’llbring to our communities: economic impact, congestion relie, open space preservation, and all o the other actorsthat go into building vibrant, livable communities.
Richmond doesn’t know the needs and special circumstances o every community inVirginia and it shouldn’t pretend to. When a problem arises in our transportation system we should work together toexplore all o the possible alternatives.
. We should ocus on the investments that give Virginians choices about how they want toget around: transit systems, walking, biking, and a well maintained and uncongested system o roads.
Virginia has remarkable assets in our network o reight and passenger rail. These systems support Virginia’s economy andhelp connect Virginia’s businesses and marketplace to the rest o the country.
The Commonwealth should continue to partner withNorolk Southern, CSX, and all other rail operators or reight rail improvements to support Port o Virginiaoperations, distribution, manuacturing, and all other aspects o Virginia’s economy that rely on rail service.
Our rail policy should be making it easier to partner with private rail companies to makeour highways saer and get trucks o the road.
Virginia’s cities and citizens need to be connected to other markets.We should continue to invest in those lines that make economic sense to ensure that our passenger rail service isast, requent, reliable, and aordable: 
Supporting passenger rail to Roanoke. 
Continued support or the Lynchburg and Charlottesville line.

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