Hampton Roads can’t use regional tax for mass transit

By Dave Forster

The Virginian-Pilot

 Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia got higher taxes than the rest of the state in the landmark transportation bill that passed the General Assembly this weekend.

They also received different rules on how they can spend the money.

Northern Virginia can use its proceeds – an estimated $300 million to $350 million a year – on mass transit, such as its metrorail system. Hampton Roads – slated for $200 million or more a year – has to spend its regional windfall on roads.