The Secretary participates in many events across the Commonwealth. Here, you can find select photos from events he's attended.
Governor McDonnell Visits Newport News to Highlight Positive Local Impact of Passing Comprehensive Transportation Plan
Governor Bob McDonnell visited Fairfax County today to highlight the numerous local road and rail projects that would be jumpstarted through passage of his comprehensive transportation funding plan currently before the General Assembly. Speaking at the Center for Innovative Technology in Fairfax, the Governor was joined by representatives of numerous local organizations supporting his plan.
Governor Bob McDonnell joined officials from Amtrak, Norfolk Southern, CSX and state partners on the inaugural ride of a new Amtrak passenger rail service connecting Norfolk with Richmond, Washington, Philadelphia and other Eastern Coast metropolitan areas for the first time since 1977. The inaugural trip from Union Station in Washington, D.C. to Norfolk also included Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, DRPT Director Thelma Drake, Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman, Amtrak Board Chair Tom Carper, Norfolk Southern Chairman & CEO Wick Moorman, CSX Executive Vice President Ellen Fitzsimmons, and local dignitaries in celebrating the new Amtrak Virginia service to Norfolk.
Governor Bob McDonnell today announced contractual agreements with two private fuel companies, and signed a multi-state memorandum of understanding and an executive directive advancing the effort to convert Virginia's state vehicle fleet to alternative fuels. The ceremony today featured representatives from Clean Energy and Blossman Gas, private firms selected from 14 responders to a solicitation for a public-private partnership to provide alternative fuel infrastructure and vehicle conversions for Commonwealth vehicles.
The event was held in conjunction with the beginning of the Governor's Conference on Energy, held at the Richmond Convention Center Oct. 2-4.
Surrounded by elected officials, transportation engineers, and dignitaries, Governor Bob McDonnell held a groundbreaking ceremony today to begin construction of the I-95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia. The project will build 29 miles of express lanes on I-95 from Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to Edsall Road in Fairfax County, and will connect the I-95 Express Lanes to the I-495 Express Lanes currently under construction to provide a seamless network of new lanes to reduce congestion, encourage carpooling, and providing public transportation options never before available.
Governor Bob McDonnell announced the recipients of the Governor's Public Service Awards at a ceremony today at the Executive Mansion including the winner of the second annual "30 Day Sprint" competition honoring the best innovation idea from a state employee. The Governor's Public Service Awards highlight state employees who have shown an exemplary degree of service and dedication to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Read the Governor's news release...
Governor Bob McDonnell launched the new Virginia Veterans ID Card during an afternoon event at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond. The card is available from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in partnership with the Department of Veterans Services (DVS), and will help thousands of Virginia veterans identify themselves as veterans and obtain retail and restaurant discounts around the state. Governor McDonnell, a U.S. Army veteran who served for a total of 21 years in active duty and reserve roles, visited the DMV 2 Go mobile office at today’s event and was one of the first to apply for the new ID card.
DMV's Snap Dragon visits with Governor McDonnell and children during the 2012 Easter Egg Hunt.
photos courtesy of Tom Saunders, VDOT
Governor McDonnell meets with VDOT in Charles City as they clean up after hurricane Irene.
Governor McDonnell Holds a Second Press Briefing on Hurricane Irene.
Photos: Pierre Courtois
At an early afternoon event held on the site of the currently under-construction Meadowville Interchange on I-295 in Chester, Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law today the most significant investment in the Commonwealth's transportation system in a generation. The legislation, HB2527 and SB1446, sponsored by Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) and Senators Chuck Colgan (D-Manassas) and William Wampler (R-Bristol), creates a framework to invest nearly $4 billion into Virginia's road, rail and transit networks, and fund more than 900 projects, over the next three years without raising taxes. The Meadowville Interchange is one of the 900 projects receiving funding from the legislation.
(Photos: Tom Saunders)
Governor McDonnell and South Korean Ambassador Discuss Driver's License Reciprocity Arrangement
Governor McDonnell Attends Opening of Westbound I-66 HOV Ramps.
(Photos: Trevor Wrayton, VDOT)
Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Norfolk Southern Railway Company is acquiring 1,500 new railcars from Chicago-based FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL). The high-capacity coal cars will be manufactured at FreightCar America's facility in Roanoke beginning in May of 2011. The order will result in approximately 200 jobs.
Governor Bob McDonnell announces additional components of his transportation improvement agenda at a morning press conference at the State Capitol. The new initiatives include a tax credit for the usage of barge and rail to transport cargo, and a bill that will grant flexibility to the VDOT Commissioner to find and create efficiencies and flexibilities within VDOT and in the overall transportation system.
Governor's VDOT Performance and Financial Audit Identifies $1.45 Billion Available for Projects in 6 Year Transportation Program
Governor-elect McDonnell gets sworn in as the 71st Governor on the steps of the Capitol in Richmond, VA.