Here are some of the ideas for improving roads and rails that will come before the 2005 legislative sessions in Virginia and Maryland.
Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D): Proposes a $824 million boost in road and transit spending, mostly for the current budget. No tax increase.
Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford): Will propose a plan to spend about $1.8 billion on transportation over the next six years without raising taxes. The plan is similar to Warner's but would provide more than $300 million in annual financial commitments to transportation.
Virginia Republican Delegates: Several delegates propose raising about $140 million a year for roads, bridges, tunnels and transit by increasing fines on bad drivers. Other delegates are pushing a plan to raise billions of dollars for transportation by increasing borrowing.
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R): Seeks funding for the intercounty connector, an east-west highway in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. He also supports raising as much as $90 million for transportation with new or higher fees, primarily by increasing financial penalties for drunk drivers. No tax increases.