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Va. Gov. McDonnell touts transportation proposal

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013

Among other things, the five-year, $3.1 billion proposal would expand Interstate 64 between Newport News and Williamsburg. It would also provide additional funding for rail and transit projects, such as providing passenger rail service to Roanoke and funding the extension of the Metrorail line in northern Virginia to Dulles International Airport.

During his stop in Newport News, McDonnell also suggested that gas prices would be lowered under his plan and that motorists from Maryland and North Carolina might cross state lines to fill up their tanks and possibly stay to buy other items as well.

Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw, who owned a chain of service stations, is among a group of lawmakers who contends that consumers will never see the full 17 1/2 cent decrease per gallon, saying gasoline producers won't allow such a sharp disparity between rival markets across state lines.

McDonnell's Secretary of Transportation, Sean Connaughton, has said the administration believes competition will drive the price down.