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The completion of the Springfield Interchange project was officially marked this afternoon with a ceremony attended by Gov. Tim Kaine atop a garage overlooking the Mixing Bowl. (See Eric Weiss's story in today's Post.)

At the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority's meeting last week, a speaker opposed to new transportation taxes said the Washington suburbs have not been getting their fair share of Virginia's transportation spending.

Oh, yes, we have, responded Del. Vince Callahan, a member of the NVTA. Much of it has gone to two huge projects: the Wilson Bridge and the Springfield Interchange.

So what's next? Probably the two upcoming projects with the biggest impact on Northern Virginia will be construction of the Metrorail line through Tysons, if the Federal Transit Administration gives the go-ahead next month, and the construction of the express toll lanes along I-95/395.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is going to hold five forums starting next week about the express toll lanes project.

For all these sessions, doors open at 7 p.m. with presentations at 7:30 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Information stations will be available all evening for participants to collect information and ask questions of the staff working on the project, which we commonly refer to as the HOT lanes, for high occupancy or toll.

Monday: Edison High School, 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria.
Tuesday: Wakefield High School, 4901 South Chesterfield Road, Arlington.
Wednesday: Forest Park High School, 15721 Spriggs Road, Woodbridge.
Thursday: Wingate Inn, Mary Washington Pavilion East, 20 Sanford Drive, Fredericksburg.
July 30: Spotsylvania County School Administrative Services, 8020 River Stone Drive, Spotsylvania.

Metrobus Study
Also coming up are two meetings with Metro about its study of the 30s bus line through the District.
Metro is hosting two public meetings to discuss the Metrobus 30s Line study with customers. Metro and the District Department of Transportation want to develop recommendations to improve service on routes 30, 32, 34, 35, 36 and M6.

These are the times and places: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Great Hall, 4201 Albermarle St. NW. (They start with an open house at 6 o'clock, followed by the public meeting at 7.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 18, 2007; 1:40 PM ET
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