Thursday, June 23, 2005

Environmentalists Line up Behind Kaine on Transportation

The Virginia League of Conservation Voters, the political arm of Virginia's environmental community, lost little time in praising Tim Kaine for the transportation plan he unveiled earlier today. (The VLCV's press release arrived in the Bacon's Rebellion e-mail in-box even before Kaine's!)

Said Executive Director Lisa Guthrie: “Tim Kaine’s plan to move Virginia beyond our failed efforts to build our way out of traffic with new bypasses is innovative and economically sound. As our elected officials begin to link land use and transportation planning, we will have healthier, more stable communities and more efficient use of taxpayer dollars.”

Also, said Guthrie:

The old transportation spending approach is extremely costly to taxpayers, destroys natural and rural areas, spurs sprawl development, increases air and water pollution, limits people's transportation choices, and increases energy dependence, while doing little to relieve congestion in the long run. Tim Kaine’s bold vision to tackle these challenges goes beyond just increasing transportation funding for asphalt. He has shown a willingness to carefully analyze the vital connection between land use and transportation decisions at the local and state levels.

3 Comments:

At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

My question is this:

Now that Tim Kaine has taken a strong "anti-roads" position, does this open the door for Kilgore to claim the "pro-roads" mantra and cash in amongst the Mark Warner NOVA developer community?

Or does Kilgore keep his current position (no new taxes for roads) and allow Russ Potts to cash in as the strongest "pro-investment" candidate?

 
At 12:11 AM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

ther is no evidence that changes in land use will reduce transportation needs.

 
At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Paul said...

Ray: perhaps you can answer this one:

What happened on the orange line yesterday? I was an hour late for work because of it...Did someone jump in front of a Metro car? And if so, can we blame them?

 

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