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VDOT Names New Director

May 17, 2005

Dr. Mary Lynn Tischer has been named director of the Commonwealth’s Multimodal Transportation Planning Office. The new office was created to facilitate implementation of VTrans2025, Virginia’s statewide multimodal transportation plan. The plan, adopted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, the Virginia Aviation Board and Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners, is designed as a blueprint for shaping the Commonwealth’s future transportation decisions.

Tischer also serves as Federal Intergovernmental Transportation Liaison for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). She leads the development of initiatives at the federal level regarding the Commonwealth’s transportation system.

Tischer holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland and has extensive experience in the transportation industry. She has held positions at the Federal Highway Administration, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center and the Arizona Department of Transportation. She was formerly Policy Office Director for VDOT.

Tischer also currently serves as a Special Assistant to the Governor and Secretary for Transportation Reauthorization, and will continue in that role during the congressional effort to reauthorize the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21).

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