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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Sean Connaughton
Commuters may have shorter drive times on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway with this weekend's opening of 14 miles of four high-occupancy toll lanes -- a milestone public-private partnership that is one of the biggest transportation projects of its kind in the country.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Virginia have reached a tentative agreement on a labor pact that had threatened to quash a deal in which the state would contribute additional money to the Dulles Metrorail project.
Nowhere in Virginia do drivers forfeit more hours to traffic jams than on the freeways and byways of Washington, D.C.'s teeming suburbs and sprawling exurbs. Commuters stew in gridlocked traffic for hours every day. So why is it tougher in Northern Virginia than anyplace in Virginia to get a transportation project off the drawing boards, much less into service?
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on Wednesday approved plans for an underground Metrorail station at Washington Dulles International Airport that is $300 million more expensive than a rejected above-ground option.
Colorado crews let hundreds of evacuees return to their scorched homes Sunday as investigators probed the cause of a devastating wildfire that has burned 10 square miles near Boulder.
"We have limited resources and ever-increasing needs," Mr. Connaughton said. "We're going to need to look at reliable, sustainable, funding for the future."
While the partnership provides funding, Mr. Connaughton said Virginia will have to find additional ways to raise transportation revenues.