WASHINGTON - State and local transportation officials are exploring the possibility of creating a network of variably-priced tolls on major roads in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbiain an effort to reduce congestion and increase funding for mass transit.

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, which is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for the area, unveiled an 18-month study yesterday that looked at three scenarios that would implement a network of tolls throughout the region.

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