Senators Warner and Kaine press release:
>>>WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced the designation of $232,426,060 in federal funds for Virginia transit systems. This largest-ever investment in Virginia transit was authorized by the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act negotiated by Sen. Warner and supported by Sen. Kaine. The funding will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration formula programs and distributed to transit systems throughout the Commonwealth.
“Thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure law, Virginia continues to receive funding for much-needed transportation upgrades,” the senators said. “This investment in the Commonwealth’s public transit will make lives easier for every Virginian who relies on public transportation while creating good-paying jobs for workers.”
Because of this record investment in transit, Virginia is set to receive a 28.7 percent increase in funds over last year’s total apportionment.
In addition to the $232 million guaranteed for Virginia, the Commonwealth is expected to receive a portion of the $280,270,139 in funding designated to the D.C. Metro Area, which includes Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. This funding will be divided across transit agencies and localities within the area.<<<
Such a waste of taxpayers’ money. Meanwhile, Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles and Loudoun County is delayed year after year. It was originally scheduled to open in the summer of 2018 and is still not open, nearly 4 years later! Why do we continue to fund this dinosaur method of transportation? In 4 years they can’t complete 11.5 miles of track even with the multi-billions of dollars that have been wasted on it! Imagine the roads that could have been built with that money! Perhaps a new road between Washington DC and Richmond so we can all avoid I-95? We wouldn’t all be sitting in constant traffic jams across the state if a few billion dollars of that money was spent on roads. Instead, the foolish Loudoun County BOS allocated OUR money to an antiquated method of transportation few people will ever use.
Why can’t Democrats EVER allocate more money for roads that benefit everyone in the commonwealth rather than just the few who might occasionally use public transportation?