Residents tell legislators to abolish HRTA -- National Governme...

Local residents and commuters gave lawmakers a three-pronged to-do list Wednesday night during a public forum on transportation: * Finish off the financially impotent Hampton Roads Transportation Authority. Full Story
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Tim

Fredericksburg, VA

#21 Apr 3, 2008
I modified my previous post:

NO NEW TAXES!

I am extremely surprised to read that people that attended the meeting were all open to more new taxes. This is crazy!

After many years of major Interstate contruction recently completed in many areas of Hampton Roads, Northern VA and SW VA. This should have freed up massive amounts of taxpayer dollars. Skyrocketing Property Taxes should have been saved or directed to Transportation instead of WASTED. Hampton Roads has been growing with more businesses and residents which mean even more revenues from current taxes, etc.

It is EXTEMELY Simple...Cut waste to fund transportation; Cut taxes to continue to spur growth and incentives for new businesses and residents. You are welcome!
Reid Greenmun

Virginia Beach, VA

#22 Apr 3, 2008
I find it interesting that "angry conservative" objects to my sharing more information about what happened at the meeting.

One wonders what this person must think the point of having people share their views in an online forum is all about.

Thanks to those that defended me from this personal attack.

To the person concerned that they will not receive their Social Security benefits and who believes that the $9 Billion dollars worth of state highways being discussed will only cost locals a six pack or two a week;

1. Yes, SS is a rip off. But I have paid into it for 30 years and I will not get anything back either. In your post I believe you said you were in your thirties; so I hope you take that into consideration when I object to being forced to have only those of us living in Tidewater to pay for state highways - highway projects mostly designed to benefit the state-owned port.

2. What is being proposed isn't going to cost the average "old person" the price of a six pack or two each week, when you add up the costs being discussed - sales taxes, gas taxes, tolls everywhere - not 50-cent tolls but "congestion Pricing" tolls that will run upwards of 3 to 5 dollars for each trip, grantor's tax that costs $2,000.00 if you sell a $500K home, and a ton of regional fees, these highway projects are going to cost those of us that live here a great deal of money.

3. The 6 MPO projects don't reduce traffic congestion and HB 3202 doesn't allow one dime of the billions in new tax funds to be spent on any rail.

I encourage everyone to do as many citizens have done, read HB 3202. Read the MPO's 2030 Regional Transportation Plan, Read the Hampton Roads Crossing Study. THAT is what many of us that object to what is going on have done.

Once you read these documents and once you make the effort to try to work with the HRPDC, MPO, TDCHR, and CTB you will begin to appreciate the reasons so many local taxpayers are concerned about guiding the General Assembly to consider funding a better plan - and to target those that will benefit most from the 6 MPO projects to at the very least, help pay for the 6 projects they lobby so hard to have built.

As others here have written, the 6 projects being discussed didn't include the HRBT - and they would do almost nothing to help commuters get to work or soccer moms stuck in traffic. Young, or old.

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