Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Big VRE subsidy coming due for Spotsylvania
When Spotsylvania supervisors decided in 2010 that the county would become a member of the Virginia Railway Express commuter train service, the county was allowed to defer subsidy payments for a set time.
The time to pay has now arrived.
In July the county will begin making payments on $3.5 million it owes to be a commuter rail member.
But like other VRE members, including Fredericksburg and Stafford, Spotsylvania has taken in more than enough from the 2.1 percent gas tax to pay that bill as well as numerous county transportation projects.
The county recently took out more than $1 million of its gas-tax revenue to pay for use of FREDericksburg Regional Transit and to pay off debt on several road projects, including paving and intersection reconstruction projects.
Gary Skinner, a member of the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and VRE board, said the revenue has helped “do projects for everybody. It doesn’t matter where you live or whether you ride VRE or not.”
Get all the details soon in the full story, online and in The Free Lance-Star.
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