From what I recall from his first speech as Governor, he is putting an emphasis on trying to market Virginia as a vacation location and to promote our state as a good location for movies to be made and industries to move here. Perhaps he feels that visitors who are driving our interstates as guests don't get a very good impression of our commonwealth when the rest areas are closed.I want to hear the rationale for McDonnell re-opening the rest stops and slashing other more important items such as workers' salaries and state parks (Virginia was number one in state parks for the country several times in the past decade, and these places generate funds). In other states, they may have no rest stops, but the roads are actually in good repair (unlike many of Virginia's roads). As a taxpayer, I prioritize education, conservation, transportation for Virginia residents (in this order) with access to bathroom facilities for all (especially those just passing through) somewhere near dead last. Regarding the comment about making "deposits"- I totally agree.
In addition, there is a huge safety concern for truckdrivers and travelers who need a place to pull off and rest.
We all have our opinions on how to balance the budget, and I may not like 100% of his choices, but I believe he is trying to get us back on track better than Tim Kaine did. At least we have a full time Governor who took a pay cut before even taking office.