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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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Connect Hampton Roads Survey

HRT puts out online survey for public input By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot © July 6, 2014 Which is more important: Wider highways or expanded light rail? Friendly bus drivers or new ferry routes? The region’s transit agency is surveying the community to help it chart a new course for moving people around Hampton Roads [&hellip

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HRT launches new website in hopes of improving commuting options

By Ashley Smith, 13News Now WVEC.com Posted on June 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM  HAMPTON ROADS — Hampton Roads Transit is making an effort to improve commuting options across the region and they are looking for input. HRT hopes to help drivers in Hampton Roads who face traffic congestion, a lack of transportation choices, and a [&hellip

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HRT to launch campaign promoting transportation options

By Cathy Grimes Daily Press 7:11 p.m. EDT, June 25, 2014  The Hampton Roads Transit commission on Thursday will learn about the agency’s new program aimed at reaching the public and promoting transportation options. Connect Hampton Roads has been in the works for months, according to HRT officials. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the second floor board room of HRT headquarters [&hellip

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