On Tuesday Virginia Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer was the speaker at the September luncheon of the Central Business District Association (CBDA). He talked about Transportation, and the picture was very bleak.
First, tax collections dedicated to Transportation are down 22.7%. Second, within two years Virginia will face having to forego Federal matching funds and/or reducing roads maintenance further. Third, by FY 2011 the state allocation of urban roads money to Virginia Beach will be zeroed out.
However, the bombshell was on Higher Speed Rail (HSR). When questioned by former City Councilman Billy Harrison on the issue, Secretary Homer gave an answer that inferred that he prefers HSR going to the Peninsula before South Hampton Roads. Homer cited the amount of freight traffic projected along the rail line in The 460 Corridor, and thought that and HSR wouldn't mix well.
Just another reason to vote for Bob McDonnell for Governor: letting Dem holdovers make the decision on HSR means it goes to Newport News before Norfolk.