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State offers up to $155M for light rail to Town Center

By Kathy Adams The Virginian-Pilot © April 15, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH - The state is willing to pay up to half the cost of extending The Tide to Town Center, but its $155 million check would come with strings attached, according to a draft offer provided to city officials last week. The offer draws a line [&hellip

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Take state’s offer on rail

The Virginian-Pilot © April 15, 2014 The state is willing to split the costs with Virginia Beach to extend Norfolk’s light rail system. Under the preliminary terms of an offer made last week, the commonwealth would pay half the cost, up to $155 million, provided Virginia Beach doesn’t pursue “a transit technology that has not [&hellip

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Higher Hampton Roads Transit fares delayed until Fall

By Cathy Grimes, cgrimes@dailypress.com March 28, 2014 Hampton Roads Transit riders will have a reprieve before fares increase on buses, light rail and the ferry. “We want to push back the new fare implementation until the fall,” Agency President and CEO William Harrell told the HRT District Commission on Thursday at its monthly meeting. “At this [&hellip

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Va. Beach to explore stopping light rail at Town Center

By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot © March 28, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH City officials want to study a new option for light rail: extending the line only to Town Center, for now. City Manager Jim Spore asked Hampton Roads Transit in a letter Wednesday to add the Town Center option to the agency’s study of three [&hellip

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Ideas flow on how to make Hampton Roads cooler

By Philip Walzer The Virginian-Pilot © March 19, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH What’ll it take to elevate Hampton Roads’ “cool factor?” More free cultural events. Bike lanes and paths. A deeper network of public transportation. At a seminar Tuesday, panelists pitched ideas on how to attract young professionals and voiced prognoses ranging from bleak to upbeat. [&hellip

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Beach City Council impressed by maglev presentation

By Kathy Adams The Virginian-Pilot © March 19, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH When the company behind the failed magnetic levitation – or maglev – train at Old Dominion University submitted a proposal to build a mass transit system using the technology here, city officials seemed skeptical. At the time, Councilman Jim Wood said it would be [&hellip

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9 Reasons the U.S. Ended Up So Much More Car-Dependent Than Europe

Between the 1920s and 1960s, policies adapting cities to car travel in the United States served as a role model for much of Western Europe. But by the late 1960s, many European cities started refocusing their policies to curb car use by promoting walking, cycling, and public transportation. For the last two decades, in the [&hellip

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Mayor: Governor will help fund Va. Beach light rail

By Kathy Adams The Virginian-Pilot © March 14, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne have committed to help pay to bring light rail to Virginia Beach, Mayor Will Sessoms announced Thursday during his annual State of the City address. City officials have been eager to move forward with the transportation [&hellip

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Indecision is the wrong decision on light rail

The Virginian-Pilot © February 28, 2014 Virginia Beach officials are weighing three proposals to bring light rail to the city. Their recommendations will help the City Council determine whether to extend Norfolk’s electric train line, embrace new solar-powered technology or gamble that waiting a few years will result in technological advances and reduced costs. More than [&hellip

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HRT set to raise fares more slowly than proposed

By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot © February 27, 2014 NORFOLK The region’s transit agency approved a fare increase Thursday for bus, light rail and ferry services that will raise prices more slowly than previously proposed. Under the revised plan, Hampton Roads Transit’s governing board decided to increase the base adult rate to $1.75 from $1.50, [&hellip

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