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Six more groups sign on to McDonnell transportation plan

Six more business, transportation and labor groups today joined the growing list of supporters of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s “Virginia’s Road to the Future” long-term transportation solution.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of Teamsters, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Virginia Railroad Association, Norfolk Southern Corporation, and CSX Transportation, Inc. announced their support for the Governor’s transportation plan. Official statements from the groups can be found below.

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

“With Northern Virginia continuing to top the list as one of the most congested regions in the nation, transportation issues are a major threat to the outstanding quality of life and rapid economic growth of the region that drives the success of the Commonwealth. We cannot wait any longer to develop a long-term, sustainable solution for transportation funding.

The Fairfax Chamber applauds and thanks Governor McDonnell for putting forth an innovative, sustainable transportation funding plan. This plan is an excellent first step in creating a long-term vision for Northern Virginia that will ensure we do not lose – but continue to enhance – our economic viability.

The Fairfax Chamber supports this fair and reasonable funding solution as a major step forward in getting Virginia—especially Northern Virginia—moving again. The Northern Virginia business community looks forward to engaging with members of the General Assembly as this solution moves through the legislative process – and seeing a long-term, sustainable funding solution as the outcome of this legislative session.”

– Jim Corcoran, President & CEO, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, which represents over 650 businesses and nearly 500,000 employees in Northern Virginia

Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of Teamsters

“The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of Teamsters applauds Governor McDonnell for putting forth a detailed plan to address Virginia’s transportation infrastructure needs, including a dedicated source of funding for intercity passenger rail. The governor understands that the continuation and expansion of intercity passenger rail transportation is critical to transportation corridor solutions and the relief of highway congestion.”

– Greg Marston, State Legislative Director, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of Teamsters

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

“The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen support Governor McDonnell’s transportation plan for growing business and rail transportation in the greats Commonwealth of Virginia. Governor McDonnell understands the need to have quality rail transportation for the citizens and businesses in Virginia. Please add our endorsement to the growing number of labor and business organizations supporting this great plan.”

– Timothy R Craver, Virginia State Legislative Board Chairman, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
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