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Va. officials to take transportation tour

Legislators and other elected officials from around the commonwealth will be riding Metro, Virginia Railway Express and Northern Virginia buses Wednesday and Thursday to get a firsthand look at the transportation issues that plague the region.

Hosted by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the Transit Keeps Northern Virginia Working tour takes place every few years and gives Virginia officials a chance to participate in the "real commuter experience," NVTC officials said.

The goals, officials said, are to show them the transportation successes and challenges in the region, so they can better understand how their decisions during the next General Assembly session will affect Northern Virginia's transportation network, and to demonstrate the need to connect transportation to employment centers.

The tour will take about 30 elected officials and legislators each day through Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties as well as the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Tour participants will board everything from Metro and VRE to the ART, DASH, Fairfax Connector, OmniRide and Loudoun County Transit Commuter buses.

-- Jennifer Buske

By Michael Bolden  | June 29, 2010; 2:21 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Transportation Politics, Virginia  
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