McDonnell Unveils Transit Plan

Bob McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, today rolled out his plan to fix Virginia’s struggling transportation system.

McDonnell proposes privatizing the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control and using the proceeds to help fund transportation.

“We cannot create new jobs and spark an economic resurgence if Virginians are sitting stuck in traffic,” McDonnell said.

McDonnell’s plan also includes:

  • Dedicating a portion of Northern Virginia sales taxes for transportation
  • Expediting approved bond packages
  • Expanding the 70 mile-per-hour speed limit to more sections of the Commonwealth
  • Use proceeds from offshore oil drilling to help fund transportation
  • Spend 75 percent of future budget surpluses on transportation
  • Implement tolls on I-85 and I-95 traffic coming into Virginia at the North Carolina border

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds criticized McDonnell’s plan, saying many elements will pull money out of public education.

“One thing we can’t do is divert funds currently going to public schools to pay for roads,” Deeds said in a statement.

Republicans say Deeds doesn’t have any concrete proposals for a transit fix.

Expect the two men to spar on this issue Saturday when they debate in Bath County.

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