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TCC, HRT make deal for student transit passes

By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot © December 12, 2014 NORFOLK – Tidewater Community College has struck an agreement with Hampton Roads Transit that will provide students with unlimited use of public transit for as little as $60 per semester. The deal marks TCC’s return to HRT’s popular GoPass365 program since the transit agency raised its prices. [&hellip

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HRT survey nets nearly 14,000 responses

NORFOLK — Hampton Roads Transit reported Monday that 13,830 respondents participated in the Connect Hampton Roads survey of regional transportation. The survey, which recorded participation from across the region, focused primarily on public transit, the factors that may encourage its use, and the amenities that customers envision as being necessary for a regional transit system. [&hellip

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Quality rapid transit is key

William Harrell and Del. Monty Mason Daily Press September 27, 2014 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx was in Richmond recently to make a major announcement. The City of Richmond and Henrico County have been awarded a $24.9 million grant toward design and construction of a bus rapid transit line. The project is being hailed [&hellip

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Move light rail forward

The Virginian-Pilot © September 12, 2014 In five months, Virginia Beach’s elected leaders are expected to decide whether to pursue a light rail extension into the city, and if so, where it will go. After years of studying costs and routes and ridership, after rejecting private companies’ bids to build light rail to Rosemont Road [&hellip

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What role does transit play in the region’s economy?

By William Harrell © September 7, 2014 I enjoyed reading “Slash fares on Norfolk’s Tide,” the Aug. 24 editorial in The Pilot. It suggested that the fare customers pay to ride The Tide be sharply reduced in an effort to boost ridership. The idea certainly must appeal to riders of The Tide, but granting them [&hellip

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Fourth Option for Town Center light rail station considered

By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot © August 29, 2014 Transit officials on Thursday unveiled a fourth possible site for a light-rail station at Virginia Beach’s Town Center and said they will soon announce cost and ridership estimates for the proposed Tide extension to the commercial district. A station just west of Independence Boulevard is now [&hellip

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In search of traction: A responsible course for regional mass transit

The argument over mass transit in Hampton Roads plays out time and again. Advocates point to congested area roadways and growing popular support for alternative transportation opinions as signals to proceed. Opponents cite the region’s unique geographic challenges and the cost of a comprehensive transit system as reasons for caution. Round and round we go. [&hellip

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New transportation commission sputters to a start

By Reynolds Hutchins reynolds.hutchins@insidebiz.com It took just one meeting of Hampton Roads’ newest transportation authority for some local leaders, including the authority’s own commissioners, to see why regionalism often falls short in this southeastern corner of Virginia. While some heard a funeral knell for regionalism at the commission’s first meeting earlier this month, others heard [&hellip

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Our first step to the future

By Donald Luzzatto The Virginian-Pilot © July 13, 2014 Pneumatic tubes. Giant slingshots. Motorized skateboards. Cars, buses, trains, boats, bikes and what my father used to call “shanks’ mare” – meaning my own two feet – though I have no idea why and dictionaries aren’t much help. How we get around, and how we want [&hellip

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Sea level rise takes center stage at forum

By Aaron Applegate The Virginian-Pilot © July 1, 2014 NORFOLK The question from U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott hung in the air just long enough to be awkward. He posed it Monday morning to a panel of sea-level-rise experts at Old Dominion University. Given that water levels are expected to rise at least a foot around [&hellip

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