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Bob Marshall Files Suit Against The NVTA

By Greg L | 15 August 2013 | 13th HOD District, Virginia Politics | 8 Comments

Delegate Bob Marshall has filed suit against the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority saying that the process being used to select projects for funding does not comply with the law passed by the General Assembly.  In essence, NVTA has ignored input from their town hall meetings from residents, failed to evaluate the congestion or safety improvements that projects would deliver and instead started to proceed on the projects that the developer-corrupted NVTA wanted to ram down our throats anyways.

The last time Bob Marshall sued the Commonwealth a unanimous State Supreme Court verdict overturned a transportation bill that would have authorized non-elected bureaucrats at the NVTA with the power to establish taxes in Northern Virginia.  Hardly anyone thought Marshall would prevail in that case, yet he did.

Stay tuned for more information.

UPDATE: The hearing on this suit is set for September 10th.  Great timing.  One month before the November elections we’re going to get some substantial discussions among candidates about the merits of raising our sales taxes by 20% so we can expand bike trails in Fairfax County, build new bus shelters, and construct the Outer Beltway.  Let’s hear candidates explain why Route 234, which was built for, expanded and funded by Prince William County taxpayers, is so worthy of being taken over by the state for the supposed benefit of Dulles Airport and Loudoun County, to the point it might potentially turn into a limited access toll road.

UPDATE 2: Delegate Marshall has released one of the documents in the suit.  You can read it here.

UPDATE 3: The WashPo picked up on the story here.  I have never been so pleased that Joe May lost his primary after seeing the nonsense he spouted in this article.

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  1. Jeanine Martin said on 15 Aug 2013 at 1:52 pm:
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    We thank God for delegates like Bob Marshall (and Senator Dick Black) who really are looking out for the citizens and not just the big developers!

  2. Scott Surovell said on 15 Aug 2013 at 2:53 pm:
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    Now I know why I ran into Bob about two blocks from the Prince William County Courthouse on Monday morning.

  3. Anonymous said on 15 Aug 2013 at 10:00 pm:
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    Former Barry voter now turned staunch conservative. Way to tell the 2030 club to go stick it! Am I supposed to bike to work in Fairfax when I pay or payed gas taxes? This is going to ruffle Cucinellis feathers a bit! He is bought and payed for by developers also.

  4. Anonymous said on 16 Aug 2013 at 6:51 am:
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    the county transportation department has an employee who works full time lobbying other local governments to support the nvta with your tax dollars, she even won a county executive award recently from the county executive, ask Marty who she is

  5. es_la_ley said on 16 Aug 2013 at 7:12 pm:
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    Anonymous said on 15 Aug 2013 at 10:00 pm:

    Former Barry voter now turned staunch conservative.

    Goldwater or Marion? ;-)

  6. Delegate Randy Minchew said on 18 Aug 2013 at 10:22 am:
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    In his court filing, Delegate Bob Marshall aptly picked up on many of the good points Delegate Jim LeMunyon wrote about in his recent op-ed reported at: http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20130802/OPINION/130809872/1065/transportation-authority-swings-and-misses&template=fairfaxTimes. If his intervention in this bond validation lawsuit allows for these valid concerns to be aired, the NVTA hopefully will take notice and then take appropriate curative action.

    To that end, Delegate Marshall deserves credit for his action here.

    While the NVTA’s recent action in choosing to use its newly-allocated HB 2313 revenues to collateralize a $90 Million bond offering may be constitutional, it is in my opinion highly inappropriate and unduly provocative. The NVTA would have been wiser to adopt a conservative “pay as you go” transportation funding program at least for the first few years rather than move forward with a large and immediate debt program and then sue the taxpayers of Northern Virginia to seek judicial validation of this hasty action.

  7. The Bulletproof Monk said on 18 Aug 2013 at 12:34 pm:
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    Go Bob, Go. This is why we may see daylight at the end of the tunnel. Wish they were all as feisty and knowledgable as Bob Marshall.

  8. Benton said on 20 Aug 2013 at 5:39 am:
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    Speaking of suits…what’s the status of the IB lawsuit?

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