The Virginia House of Delegates unanimously adopted House Bill 2 Friday, legislation that would significantly reform how Virginia prioritizes and spends its transportation dollars. House Bill 2, carried by Delegate Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach) is the centerpiece of a seven-bill reform package working through the General Assembly this year.
House Bill 2 requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board and VDOT to develop and utilize a prioritization model for making determinations about all transportation projects. Stakeholders from various regions, including highway construction districts, metropolitan planning organizations and the CTB, will collaboratively set “weights” for key factors like congestion mitigation, economic development, accessibility, safety and environmental quality.
Speaking about the bill, Delegate Stolle said:
“House Bill 2 is a huge step forward for the Commonwealth in how it prioritizes and spends its transportation dollars. Last year’s landmark transportation reform plan has given Virginia the resources necessary to build a strong and efficient transportation system. House Bill 2 is intended to ensure that money is spent wisely and effectively. I applaud the House for backing this important initiative and look forward to working with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board and other key transportation stakeholders on its implementation.”