- Report Published -
|Interim Report - The Governor's Commission on Transportation Policy|
|Governor's Commission on Transportation Policy|
|Virginia is an ever-changing and evolving state. Our economy is dynamic, our regions ae distinct and our view as a Commonwealth is forward-looking. Transportation plays a critical role in our success and our achievements as a Commonwealth. The ability for us to provide opportunity, and to foster a high quality of life while protecting the lives of the traveling public is inextricably linked to an efficient and effective transportation system.|
As we stand on the cusp of the 21st century, Governor Gilmore has asked the Commission to examine the policies and procedures that have governed transportation in Virginia for decades. During the past six months the Commission has heard testimony and presentations on myriad transportation issues. In this interim report the Commission sets forth its first steps towards the goal of changing transportation in Virginia. The Commission recommends various options for attacking the problems of traffic and congestion through new policies on teleworking, commuter and business incentives for the use of public transportation and the utilization of the latest available transportation technologies.
The Commission has also set forth the first thoughts on the criteria for the for the Governor's Priority Transportation Fund (PTF). The PTF is a new approach to transportation planning in Virginia, a new way of priortizing and funding our greatest needs from a statewide perspective.
The Commission also endorses the Governor's Innovative Progress transportation package that seeks to address the short term transportation issues using new and innovative funding mechanisms, while allowing the Commission to set forward ideas and continue its study and creation of long-term solutions.
The Interim Report represents the consensus of the work and deliberations of the Commission, however, each member does not necessarily agree with pursuing every option discussed in the report.
This is the first step for the Commission. In the coming months the Commission will continue to explore new strategies, examine long-term financial mechanisms, and begin to build a new structure to set forward innovative transportation policies that will meet the demands of the next millennium. We need policies that govern a true multimodal transportation system that is designed and planned for the movement of people and goods over all modes because transportation in the Commonwealth will encompass more than just highways.