Robert Chase , the executive director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance , supported the administration's cost-conscious approach, but he said the state should release its full analysis on the projected costs, rather than just the conclusions of that analysis.
The public and potential vendors do not know, for example, whether the cost of maintenance is included in the projected costs for both scenarios, or what happens if the state finances the road and toll revenues fall short.
The anticipated breakdown of anticipated federal, state and regional funding sources also wasn't provided, even though that could affect the state's debt limit or the amount of money available for other projects in the region, Chase
said that the state needs to be more transparent.
administration wants vendors to disclose more about their deals, but the vendors should also know how the state is planning on structuring its own finance deal, so they can offer a suitable alternative.
agreed, though, that the state should provide more funding than it has in other area toll projects, if it does a public-private partnership, because that could keep tolls lower.
"If you're spending billions of dollars to add new capacity but the pricing structure discourages people from using it," he
said, "you're not getting your money's worth out of the project."