Exclusive interview with Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe Part 2

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by Mike Gooding, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 6:46 PM

RICHMOND--Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe says he's fired up and ready to go, four days before he is sworn in as Virginia's 72nd chief executive.

In a sit-down interview with 13 News Now, McAuliffe discussed a number of issues, but transportation was at the forefront.

The Democrat said he has concerns about the expansion of U.S. 460 since the Army Corps of Engineers has expressed reservations about impacts on wetlands.

Additionally, McAuliffe talked about the $1.84 tolls coming to the Downtown and Midtown tunnels on February 1. Those tolls could increase .5 percent annually for the next 58 years.

McAuliffe said he's working on a plan to provide some level of toll relief. Without disclosing any details, he said he and Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne will have an announcement "very shortly."

The governor-elect didn't mince words when he discussed the public-private partnership deal struck by his predecessor, outgoing Governor Bob McDonnell.

"Let's be honest, it's not a deal I would've structured," he said. "I can promise you that deal as it was structured is not a deal that will happen in the McAuliffe administration. We just won't do it."

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