Residents and elected officials will have a chance Thursday to recommend highway, rail and public transportation projects directly to officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The meeting, to be held at Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Ave., Fairfax, will be one of several public input sessions to be held statewide on the Six-Year Improvement Program for fiscal years 2007-12.

The program is used by VDOT's Commonwealth Transportation Board as it allocates money for constructing and widening roads and for providing railways and pedestrian walkways.

The board will hold a formal public hearing in the spring before voting on the six-year program in June, said Joan Morris, a VDOT public affairs manager.

At Thursday's meeting, Leesburg officials will participate in a roundtable discussion at 2:30 p.m. with Virginia Transportation Secretary Pierce Homer. The town plans to request money to widen Battlefield Parkway between Route 7 and Sycolin Road and to widen the Leesburg Bypass.

"We're asking for similar things to what we asked last year," said Calvin Grow, Leesburg's transportation manager, who will attend the meeting with Leesburg Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd. "It'll be interesting to see how we fare." Comments from that session will be available to the public later.

From 4 to 6 p.m., those in attendance can view exhibits to learn how the six-year program works and what projects it would fund. At 6 p.m., those who sign up beforehand can offer comments to the transportation board. Speakers will be limited to three minutes.

Residents who cannot attend may send comments about rail and public transportation projects by Nov. 20 to: Public Information Officer, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, 1313 E. Main St., Suite 300, Richmond, Va. 23219, or to drptpr@drpt.virginia.gov. Send comments about highway projects to: Programming Director, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 23219, or to six-yearprogram@vdot.virginia.gov.