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Members of Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board are set to consider a proposal today that would change how state transportation funding is distributed.

For almost 40 years, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has allocated money to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, which has distributed the funds to local governments. Today, the Commonwealth Transportation Board is set to change that system, bypassing the commission and sending money directly to the jurisdictions. 

Our goal is transparency so that the local jurisdictions understand the funding that goes to them and the funding that goes to WMATA on their behalf," says Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Thelma Drake.

Fairfax City Councilman Jeff Greenfield says local jurisdictions already understand the funding that goes to them, and that bypassing the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission would harm smaller jurisdictions.

"If there were something wrong and we weren't transparent, that would be identified during audits," Greenfield says. "And not once has anything ever been identified that there s ever been a problem."

The revised funding formula is part of a six-year plan board members take up today.

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