For Release: May 24, 2017
Contact: Paul Dean, Manager of Public Relations and Government Affairs
Virginia Railway Express Operations Board Member Gary Skinner Recognized by the Virginia Transit Association for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
Alexandria, VA – On Wednesday, May 24, the Virginia Transit Association (VTA) named The Honorable Gary Skinner, Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors, as the 2017 winner of the Outstanding Contributions by an Individual Award. A celebration was held at the VTA’s Awards Luncheon during their Annual Conference in Crystal City.
The Outstanding Contributions by an Individual Award recognizes extraordinary efforts to improve public transportation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a member of the VRE Operations Board, Supervisor Skinner was a long-time advocate for expanding commuter rail into Spotsylvania County. Under his leadership, the VRE Spotsylvania Station was constructed in 2015, providing easy, congestion free access to Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia to thousands of commuters across the Commonwealth. As Chairman of the VRE Operations Board in 2016, he oversaw completion of a project to add a third track to the main rail line, helping to improve service and reduce congested-related rail delays within the corridor. Mr. Skinner’s contributions have made a lasting impact on commuters across Virginia, as VRE experienced historic growth during his tenure.
Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors in 2008, Supervisor Skinner served on the Spotsylvania County School Board. He served in the US Marine Corps for 20 years and is a decorated veteran of Desert Storm.
About the Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
VRE is the tenth largest commuter rail service in the U.S. and is a transportation partnership of the Northern Virginia and Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commissions. VRE’s mission is to provide safe, cost effective, accessible, reliable, convenient, and customer responsive commuter-oriented rail passenger service. It provides over 4.5 million rides annually in northern Virginia and Washington D.C. and its offices are based in Alexandria, VA. Visit our website at: www.vre.org