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Officials Talk Transit, Other Successes

Del. Luke Torian talks about recent legislative successes with Sen. Toddy Puller, Sen. Chuck Colgan (not pictured), and Del. Richard Anderson.

Woodbridge, Va. –– At the center of a General Assembly recap Thursday night was transportation.

Two state senators and two delegates met with residents at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge to talk about their recent successes during what was a shorter than normal legislative session in Richmond.

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36) was able to get passed a transit study for the U.S. 1 corridor from Alexandria to Quantico.

“I have Ft. Belvoir in my district and we need this study because we are going to get 20,000 new employees at Belvoir and 6,000 at Quantico,” said Puller. “I tried to get this initiative passed with the last two democratic governors, but this time around [Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R)] passed it.”

The study one of many new transportation initiatives that came out of the session, which also the passage of transportation plan that will allow the state to $4 billion for projects statewide.

Del. Luke Torian (D-52) lauded the extension of the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes from his district in Dumfries to North Stafford.

“I am very glad the entrance to the HOV lanes is leaving here and will move south to Garrisonville Road, so people can enter the lanes in Stafford County instead of having to wait until they get to Prince William,” said Torian.

He also touted passed legislation that will allow the Prince William County Public Schools to distribute versions of their upcoming budget electronically, which will save money and the school system from mailing 70,000 paper versions each year, said Torian.

Del. Richard Anderson (R-52) has legislation waiting for McDonnell’s signature that would allow anyone who is discharged from the military to get in-state tuition in Virginia. Under the current system, discharged military members must wait for at least one year until they can receive in-state tuition benefits, which are much lower than what students pay for out-of-state tuition.

“With this measure, we get to keep a group of military veterans with a strong work ethic, get them in college, and then eventually get them into our workforce. Hopefully, the governor won’t veto it,” said Anderson.

Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-29) also came to the community meeting.

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