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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 01/20/2011

VRE to lobby for funds to expand

By Jennifer Buske

Virginia Railway Express officials will head to Richmond Wednesday to lobby state legislators and provide information about the commuter rail system.

VRE Chief Executive Officer Dale Zehner will be joined by about a dozen others including members of the VRE Operations Board for the legislative reception, which happens every four to five years, VRE officials said.

The state has continued to cut funding from various mass transit agencies, including VRE, which is expected to lose another $2.5 million in state funds for fiscal 2012.
VRE officials said they will lobby for funds needed to expand service, purchase new railcars and expand the commuter rail's storage space-something that is currently maxed out.

VRE officials will bring one of their new locomotives along with both old and new rail cars to show legislators, Commonwealth Transportation Board members, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton and possibly Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) what they are investing in and why more funding is needed for the growing commuter rail system.

By Jennifer Buske  | January 20, 2011; 11:09 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  
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