The Washington Post | September 28th, 2013
By Robert Thomson
Nowhere was the split more evident than when the newly empowered Northern Virginia Transportation Authority decided this summer how to spend the first round of money generated by the state’s transportation revenue act.
The key question, most agreed, was whether projects would provide significant regional congestion relief. But at hearings weighing the interests of core communities such as Arlington and Alexandria, middle-ring communities including Fairfax and outer-ring communities including Loudoun and Prince William, speakers debated whether “significant,” “regional” and “congestion relief” could apply to bus shelters as well as highway interchanges.
Del. Alfonso H. Lopez, a Democrat who represents parts of Arlington and Fairfax, praised the “diverse mix” of road, transit and multi-modal projects on the list.