Roanoke Times Offers a Transportation Plan

According to this Roanoke Times editorial, “If Virginia’s next governor gets it wrong on transportation, people will suffer.” The transportation plans of Tim Kaine and Jerry Kilgore “are as inspiring as sitting in traffic and choking on fumes during a hot August day.”

A transportation plan that will satisfy the Times is actually pretty simple–in fact, it sounds suspiciously like the outlines of the after Labor Day promised Russ Potts plan. Just raise the gasoline tax, “develop and stick to a unified plan to combat the diversified needs across the state,” and, most importantly, stop this talk of regional taxing authorities and regional referendums. Regions can “weigh in” on their needs and offer possible solutions, but anything more than that is off the table. Oh, and throw some “intermodal solutions” in there, too.

This is the ultimate straight talk plan, not an attempt to “appease” voters like the exhaust sniffing Kaine and Kilgore plans. A plan to develop a plan and stick to the plan is just the plan Virginia’s transportation system needs to avoid needless suffering.

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  1. Anonymous Avatar

    Thought you might be interested in this story on Dave Albo:

    Conniving or Clueless? Unethical or Inept?

  2. Not Guy Incognito Avatar
    Not Guy Incognito

    Intermodal can be a good thing, and more are needed to spur more rail traffic.

    However, while cutting down on long-haul trucking, they can actually increase LOCAL truck traffic. That’s something that I-81 really doesn’t need.

  3. E M Risse Avatar
    E M Risse


    You need to follow the lead of Jim B on Hampton Roads NUR mobility and access in another forum:

    Without Fundamental Change in human settlement patterns no amountof money, no “plan” and no “commitment” will imporve mobility and access.

    We need to focus on substance, not poetic “fumes”

    NGI (what ever that means?)

    It all depends on how one designs the truck/rail interface and where it is located. Putting transfer points on greenfield sites or at new interchanges will have just he impact about which you are concerned. In the I-81 Corridor, as elsewhere in the Commonwealth, there is already too much land devoted to scattered urban land uses. Look to innovative systems transfers like UPS/FedEx/USPS for package deliveries not massive roll-on, roll-off yards.

  4. Ray Hyde Avatar

    We don’t have FC yet, and it may take another hundred years or so. When we get it we will still be stuck with the core settlement patterns we now have for another hundred years or so.

    Even if I’m wrong by a factor of a hundred per cent, we will still be stuck with the core development patterns that exist today for a very long time.

    Therefore, we will have the same travel and congestion patterns we have now, FC or no, for a very long time.

    A proposed solution that takes an eternity is no better than one that won’t work.

    While our grandchildren are waiting for human nature to change in order for FC to start and eventually take effect so that their grandchildren can live in the big rock candy mountain, they are probably going to wish that we had done something other than saddle them with a backlog of deferred road construction and maintenance.

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