Bob McDonnell was in Arlington yesterday, announcing his new transportation plan.  It’s very comprehenisve, covering a lot of ground.  For NoVa, he’s got a lot of exciting proposals.  The plan uses a collection of bond revenues, setting aside a percentage new revenues from general revenue growth, revenues received from privatizing ABC stores, and using revenues from future offshore drilling to pay for the project.  Importantly, the plan establishes regional accounts where revenues generated in certain regions (such as NoVA) stay in that region to support the region’s transportation projects.

The NoVA projects include:  widening I-66 inside the Beltway, finishing the HOT lane project on 495 on schedule, developing HOT lanes on I-395/I-95 to Fredericksburg, rail to Dulles, and high speed rail.  He’s even looking to develop a possible Eastern Bypass around NoVA for I-95 traffic moving from Florida to Maine and back.   More details at the McDonnell website and Bearing Drift

This is more evidence of a forward-looking agenda, focused on serious problems and seeking serious solutions.  As one who commutes to Richmond somewhat frequently, a HOT lane on I-95 between DC and Fredericksburg would be huge.  And the inexplicable backups every day, even on the weekend, on I-66 might become a thing of the past, or at least alleviated.