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Getting Metrorail to Dulles Airport has been a long and drawn out process.

Now many people in Northern Virginia are hoping to theres enough political will for more extensions of the transit system, starting with service to Woodbridge.

Many people in Woodbridge work in Washington, or somewhere closer to the city.

And theyll tell you they moved here because its more affordable.

But many people, like Richard Crisler, or Shelly Carter, will also tell you that driving the 20-plus miles between the District and Woodbridge takes a toll all its own.

"Between 3:30 pm and 4:00, traffic is jammed from here all the way to Fredericksburg," Crisler said.

"Traffic is horrible of 95, and 66 is bad," Carter said. "You've got to try to time if you go anywhere. After rush hour -- before rush hour -- it's kind of a headache."

Local elected officials say the solution starts with extending Metrorail service to Woodbridge and Congressman Gerry Connolly has proposed a bill to study exactly how much it would cost.

While many commuters in Prince William County say theyll welcome any solution to the traffic problem there are a few, like Hope Holley, who worry about what else Metro service will bring.

"I think it could create a lot of crime," Holley said.

Woodbridge is about 8 miles south of Springfield, where Metros Blue Line currently ends.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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