Friday, August 7, 2009

NVTA supports gas tax increase

Wonders will never cease; the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, which claims to be "the only organization focused exclusively on working to make better transportation a reality for Northern Virginia citizens and businesses" (we beg to differ, that's FABB's mission as well), sent out an alert recently supporting a 10 cent gas tax increase: "No One is Suggesting Increasing the Gas Tax by $2.50 per gallon to Match Germany, but One Dime Doesn't Seem all that Unreasonable."

Support is building for an increased gas tax, which in Virginia is currently 17.5 cents per gallon and the Federal gas tax is 18.5 cents a gallon. The Federal tax hasn't been raised in 16 years. However, we can imagine how NVTA would like the funds to be spent, given their top priorities:
· I-66 to six lanes inside the Beltway.
· Route 28 to eight lanes with limited access between Route 7 and I-66.
· Right-of-way protection and construction of key segments of the Western Bypass.
· An Eastern Bypass.
· The Loudoun County and Tri-County Parkways.
· Expand Dulles Corridor transit/rail. (already funded)
· A Fourth I-95 lane Newington to Occoquan.
· I-66/Route 29 (Gainesville) Interchange.
· Improved I-66 express bus service west of Vienna.
· A limited access Maryland InterCounty Connector between I-270 and I-95 / Route 1.
· A new Northern Potomac River Crossing (Techway).

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