“Gridlock: A WETA Special Report with Frank Sesno” Airs Thursday

Posted: October 23, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The School of Public Policy and the College of Arts and Sciences have partnered with WETA and Washingtonpost.com to produce “Gridlock: A WETA Special Report with Frank Sesno” tomorrow at 8 p.m. on Channel 26. The hour-long program is hosted by Sesno, University Professor of Public Policy and Communication and former CNN Washington bureau chief, and airs just days before Virginia’s voters decide whether to raise the sales tax by 1/2 cent to fund solutions to the problem of gridlock in the Northern Virginia region by approving a referendum.

Program segments will include an interview with Gov. Mark Warner, the referendum’s chief proponent; a debate on the referendum; a panel discussion featuring prominent print and radio personalities who report on drive-time traffic; an interview with Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan, a proponent of the Inter-County Connector; and a roundtable discussion with School of Public Policy professors Stephen Fuller and Roger Stough that examines potential transportation solutions.

“There are no magic bullets here,” says Sesno. “At stake is everything from our quality of life and environment to prospects for economic growth and opportunity. With Northern Virginia voters deciding whether to raise the sales tax to fund transportation solutions this fall, and urban planners projecting a population growth to six million people by 2020, we felt that this was a pivotal time to examine this key issue for Washington area residents.”

Washingtonpost.com is developing a web site that promotes the program and allows viewers to submit questions prior to the broadcast. Following the airing of the show, the web site will chronicle one commuter’s daily struggle to get to work and home again and will provide viewers with additional information and the opportunity to participate in chat sessions with program guests.

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