Take Aubrey L. Layne, Jr., the Hampton Roads transportation district representative, for example.
has treated the volunteer board position almost as a full-time job.
attends meetings of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
represents the CTB
in public hearings for major projects like the Downtown Tunnel-Midtown Tunnel and U.S. 460.
attends ribbon cuttings where he
hobnobs with local elected officials.
frequently consults with the VDOT district administrator, not to mention VDOT officials in Richmond, DRPT staff, Sean Connaughton and other CTB
Oh, and he also serves as chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Commision, chairman of a a CTB subcommittee on strategic planning and, mostly recently, chairman of the 460 Funding Corporation, which will assemble a bond package to help pay for the U.S. 460 Connector.
"When I got appointed, I didn't know any better.
I approached it like I was running my business," says Layne, who recently wound down his involvement with the Great Atlantic Management real estate firm so he could take over the non-profit Achievable Dream Academy in Newport News.
may be exceptional for the amount of time he
logs on the non-paying job, but all CTB
members put in significant hours over and above the monthly meeting.
"An individual could spend 50 to 60 hours a week understanding everything," says Layne, an accountant by training.
recalls spending a couple of days with VDOT
staff just to figure out how the funding formulas worked.
The flow charts, he
says, "looked like spaghetti."
That logic was particularly evident in the decision-making regarding the Midtown Tunnel-Downtown Tunnel and the U.S. 460 projects in Hampton Roads, when other CTB
members leaned heavily upon the opinions of Layne
, Miller and Ellis.