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Conflict Arises Over Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act

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Questions about a conflict of interest have members of the Arlington County board at odds over a planned trolley on Columbia Pike.

Recently elected Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey released an email to the press, calling on the county board to delay today's vote on Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act, which would be used for the design and construction of a trolley line in Crystal City.

Garvey also wants fellow board member Chris Zimmerman to recuse himself because she says his consultant with AECOM, a transportation design and build company that worked on parts of the Columbia Pike Trolley project, are a conflict of interest.

Zimmerman refused, and Arlington County Attorney Stephen MacIsaac says his consultant work doesn't violate Virginia law. Board chair Mary Hynes, along with members Walter Tejada and Jay Fisette, also went to the media, releasing a statement saying they are dismayed Garvey shared a private email with the press.

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