Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Leesburg to Look Into Ways to Cut Down on Traffic

According to today's Loudoun Extra, Leesburg officials are planning a summit to solicit ideas from the public for getting cars off town roads, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen commute times.

"Town Council member David S. Butler presented the proposal during a council work session Monday. He said he thought about organizing a summit after he learned how much time Leesburg residents spend commuting. They have an average one-way trip of 30.3 minutes, compared with the national average of 25.1 minutes, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau survey."

"Among Leesburg residents, 15.7 percent work in town, with the majority commuting to jobs in eastern Loudoun, Fairfax or Arlington counties, according to the survey. Council members said the summit would need to involve officials beyond the town's limits."

The paper reported that town staff members will recommend a date and location for the summit during the next council work session this month.

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