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Local Delegate talks about transportation bill differences

It's an important week for the future of transportation in Roanoke and southwest Virginia. As a ten member group of state leaders, including a Roanoke delegate, work to bridge the gap between starkly different bills. Both bills would bring passenger rail service to the Star City.

The gas tax is the major difference in both the house and senate versions of the transportation bill. The house bill takes away the existing 17.5 cent gas tax while the senate bill would actually increase the gas tax and allow provisions for it to rise even more. Both sides agree on increasing the vehicle registration fee by fifteen dollars a person.

Roanoke delegate Onzlee Ware is one of the ten members that will decide the bill's fate. Ware and the rest of the group will try to compromise further on a way to pay for the more than $3- billion plan.

"If we don't work together, we won't get a transportation bill and if we don't get a transportation bill this session, I just don't believe we'll have the opportunity as we have now in the future sessions regardless who the next governor will be" Del. Ware.

The session is scheduled to officially end next weekend but Ware says getting the bill done could take a bit longer.

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