After years of transportation gridlock, the General Assembly passed landmark legislation in 2013 to fund a 21st century transportation system for Virginia. Chris Stolle was a patron of the transportation bill and introduced legislation that would create our regional transportation fund. In 2014 Chris introduced HB2, now known as Smart Scale. Smart Scale was a first in the nation, statewide system of prioritizing transportation projects based on six factors. Each factor is assigned a rating by project engineers and the highest scoring projects are funded. Smart Scale takes the politics out of which projects get built.
Chris serves on the House Appropriations Committee Transportation Subcommittee, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), the body responsible for the planning and approving transportation projects in our area, and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), responsible for providing funding for the approved projects.
Transportation revitalization has already started in Hampton Roads since passing the transportation bill. In 2016, the HRTPO approved and the HRTAC funded an historic twenty-year transportation plan which provides for a new Hampton Roads Bridge tunnel, a new High Rise Bridge in Chesapeake, an improved the I 64 – I 264 interchange, among others. Chris stated “In the past residents of this district have had to plan their lives around traffic congestion. When I entered the House of Delegates I knew we needed a solution. I am very pleased to have been able to play such a pivotal role in the modernization of Virginia’s transportation system.”