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Connolly rides commuter train as part of transit tour

Anita Kumar

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) rode the Virginia Railway Express on Tuesday as part of his efforts to highlight the transportation choices and challenges Northern Virginia commuters face on a daily basis.

Connolly, who took the commuter train from Broad Run to Crystal City, said the ride was part of his broader efforts to draw attention to transportation needs in the area and what constituents go through to get to work daily.

He has also taken the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission's commuter bus, slugged and rode with a constituent from Bristow into the district on what a Census Bureau report said last year is the longest average commute in the country.

Connolly, who won an open congressional seat in 2008, is in the midst of a tough reelection campaign against Republican Keith Fimian.

"The lifestyle choices we have to make are hard on family and quality of life," he said. "I wanted, when not in session, to bring it to reality what my constituents face everyday."

Connolly said the state needs to come up with more funding for transportation infrastructure. Privatizing the sale of liquor, like Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has proposed to bring in transportation funds, may not be the right answer, he said. Connolly also said he wants to ensure that commuters have options, and he will continue to support bike lanes, rail, bus, telecommuting and other strategies that will mitigate congestion on roads.

"My goal is to create and foster choices for commuters," he said. "Congestion won't go away as long as D.C. remains a place people want to live and work; but, I think we can create choices."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Election 2010 , Gerald E. Connolly , Jennifer Buske  
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Could have funded all those plans with the money from the Socialized medicine bill you and your comrades crammed down our throats! I won't make the same mistake of voting for you again...Socialist pig, Pelosi biatch...

Posted by: FedUp8 | August 31, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

So, Mr Connolly is riding a train to see how the other half lives and that's supposed to qualify him for re-election. How many open townhall meeting has he had, how many questions answered? Answer-none! Mr.Connolly has made everybody's "lifestyle choices" more expensive and more difficult and if his cadre are re-elected it will get even worse--which is why they won't be. I anticipate Mr. Connolly having mounds of free time to ride the rails and that will be welcome news in VA's 11th.

Posted by: lleatwo | September 1, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Simply riding means nothing. You need to have somewhere to be at a specific time, and find you're not going to make it because public transportation is f*-ed up again. It's a nice effort Connolly, but it falls short.

I'd also like to hear why liquor sales won't be a good way to raise funds? Seems like a good step to me.

Posted by: akchild | September 1, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Gerald Connolly wants to know what affects my life as his constituent? He could have started by holding a real-life Health Care town hall last year, but he hid. He could have answered my emails with more than form templates which frequently left the subject field blank. His staffers could have refrained from being as rude and condescending as they possibly could be.

No, the only thing that's going to make this constituent's life better is for Mr. Gerald Connolly to be soundly beaten at the polls in November, and that's what is going to happen. VA-11 is sick of Obama-sycophant Connolly.

Posted by: mirabeaulamarr | September 1, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Connolly farted the entire time he was on the train. Even worse, he took his shoes off and let everyone around him smell his stinky socks. GROSS!!!

Posted by: JTR555 | September 1, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Do you kiss your mothers with those "mouths"?

Posted by: jckdoors | September 1, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Bravo for Gerry.

We need More Trains, Less Traffic.

That's why the Independent Greens put David Gillis on the ballot for congress in the 11th Congressional district.

To advocate, and encourage building much needed More trains, More tracks, more often...

Posted by: CareyCampbell | September 1, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks again to the Post for being Connolly's PR lackey.
So, lets see, if Obama works in a car plant for an hour, does that mean he knows what its like to be an autoworker?
Gerry goes on and on about the importance of mass transit, but his most notable accomplishment in this field was getting a Tyson's metro station moved to within footsteps of his former "part time employer" SAIC. It is really sad that the best the Democrats in Northern Virginia can do is Gerry Connolly, a career liberal bureaucrat who is taxing and spending the middle class he thinks he is so a part of, out of existence. Nov. 2, he will find out what it is like to be unemployed, at least until SAIC hires him back!

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | September 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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