New group will control spending on transportation projects in Hampton Roads

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 5:34 PM

HAMPTON -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) signed a law Thursday to create the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, a group that will determine how and where to use $200 million in transportation dollars.

The governor was in Hampton at 8:30 a.m. for the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance Spring Transportation Construction Conference.

"The responsibility and the destiny of Hampton Roads transportation is in local-elected hands," said State Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne.

The 23-member commission will be comprised of mayors from Hampton Roads and some lawmakers and will have control on future transportation projects for the region, including tolling authority.  More on the legislation here

“Decisions on how transportation projects are financed and delivered must represent the best interests of the residents and communities of the Hampton Roads region,” said McAuliffe. "Locally- elected officials will now have the challenge to determine what is best for the region. They will have authority to make important transportation decisions and be held accountable for them.”

Later in the morning, Gov. McAuliffe was at Bon Secours Health Center in Virginia Beach.  He was with Republican Mayor Will Sessoms to discuss Medicaid and money that could come to Virginia as part of the Affordable Care Act. 

“If the General Assembly acts to close the coverage gap, over 14,000 people in Virginia Beach would be eligible for coverage," Sessoms said.

Governor McAuliffe last week released a budget that includes a two year pilot program to close the coverage gap.

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