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Tentative deal reached in Va. transportation-funding impasse

- The Washington Times - Friday, October 14, 2011

A frosty impasse over millions of dollars the state is withholding for transportation in Northern Virginia appears to be thawing.

Virginia has withheld about $20 million since July 1 from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), which doles out funds for local entities like Metro and the Virginia Railway Express, after asking the commission to sign a revised contract granting the state a seat on some local transit boards.

And on Friday, an NVTC spokeswoman announced that its executive committee supported language in a revised amendment in a contract between the state and the commission. The amendment would grant the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) a representative on any public transit board where the state is not represented by a principal member and which benefits from state funding.

Barring any major issues, NVTC will sign the agreement on Monday and forward it to DRPT Director Thelma Drake "immediately thereafter," spokeswoman Kala Quintana wrote in an email.

"Great news and thanks to all," NVTC Chairman William D. Euille replied.

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