Virginia Transportation Conference

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

Governor Tim Kaine spoke in Roanoke Tuesday about solving Virginia's transportation problems. While there are many possible solutions, coming to an agreement on one hasn't been easy for the administration.

At the Virginia Transportation Conference the Commonwealth Transportation Board is looking for ways to improve Interstate 81, their solution could include rail transportation, but it's likely to include other ideas for improvements.

Governor Tim Kaine says once the board has come up with a plan for the interstate, we'll start to see changes in three different areas. They include safety improvements for passenger vehicles, improvements for trucks, and improving rail for freight transportation. "You'll see some focus on safety improvements in some key sections of I-81 that have had safety problems in the past and you will see more of a focus on strategies to take freight from I-81, onto rail," says Governor Tim Kaine.

Kaine says there was strong opposition to his transportation solutions during the General Assembly's special session. "I had a Senate that was ready to act to invest more money in transportation and I had a house that wouldn't and so the Senate and the Governor who would do it and the House said no, we need people who will say yes," says Kaine.

Kaine doesn't believe that there will be an agreement until there are new faces in the legislature. "I think the election year can be a very productive year in making some necessary changes so that we can find a solution," says Kaine. The Commonwealth Transportation Board is scheduled to take action on Interstate 81 during its meeting on Wednesday.

We will continue to bring you coverage of the Virginia Transportation Conference this week.


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