A regional transportation board in northern Virginia that advocates for mass transit is considering hiring a lobbyist in Richmond, but there's disagreement over whether that's a worthwhile way to spend transportation money.
The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission gets about $1.2 million a year for its operations from state and local governments. Adding a lobbyist would add around $200,000 to $250,000 to the board's budget. But not all local governments think that's a good idea.
Loudoun County is one of the jurisdictions represented on the commission. Its board of supervisors opposes a lobbying program, saying transportation funds would be better spent elsewhere.
A public hearing on the NVTC's budget is scheduled for this evening in Arlington.