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In the spring of 2013, the state legislature passed Gov. McDonnell's bipartisan transportation package. Long-suffering travelers on I-95 in Northern Virginia and the Fredericksburg area were overjoyed. The bill passed with overwhelming support from Democrats in 2013, but many Republicans voted against it. During the debate, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe urged all legislators to support it, but Republican Ken Cuccinelli strongly opposed it.
If this bill had failed, all Amtrak trains originating Virginia would likely have been terminated on Oct. 1. Fredericksburg and Quantico could have lost 10 trains per day.
Voters must support Terry McAuliffe for governor, and running mates Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor and Mark Herring for attorney general, because they will effectively use the new funding source to unlock highway gridlock. They fully support more road improvements, bus service, VRE rail service, and Amtrak regional train service.