LEESBURG, VA — Could a bus service get commuters from the Eastern Panhandle to their jobs in Loudoun County?

Loudoun County leaders have approved a study about expanding commuter bus service for workforce development.

The Loudoun Times reported last week the Board of Supervisors approved a feasibility study on expanding its commuter bus service into the county from jurisdictions to the west and north.

The Board of Supervisors passed the matter on consent to for a preliminary work plan and funding options for the proposal.

Supervisor Matt Letourneau, R-Dulles, brought the idea forward to support Loudoun businesses and the workforce traveling to and from the county, but also potential employees, saying the county could a critical mass of folks that are going in the same direction — whether that be Winchester or Frederick, Md., or Jefferson County.

Loudoun-based businesses have been challenged with recruiting and retaining employees due to the costs of living within the county and other northern Virginia jurisdictions continues to increase, according to the staff report.