Connolly rides commuter train as part of transit tour
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."
August 31, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Election 2010 , Gerald E. Connolly , Jennifer Buske
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