The Charlottesville City Council and Albermarle County Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved moving forward with the formation of a regional transportation authority to spearhead expanded bus service, a project that could be funded with bonds.

Albermarle County Supervisor David L. Slutzky said the next step for the city and county is to have a proposal ready for the Virginia General Assembly next year. The RTA would oversee a route expansion with service from downtown Charlottesville to the University of Virginia and on U.S. 29 to the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, creating a “vastly expanded system of routes that would feed into a bus and rapid-transit backbone.”

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