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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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Investing in Rail and our Future Workforce

By Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D. Daily Press June  17, 2014 Norfolk and Fairfax County share a desirable asset that many communities around Virginia and the nation covet. No, not federal contracts, though we share that as well, but commuter rail service. Norfolk and Fairfax are extraordinarily fortunate to have a public transit option such as [&hellip

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Chesapeake Looks to Request a Light Rail Study by HRT

By Jeff Sheler The Virginian-Pilot © June 9, 2014 CHESAPEAKE Move over, Virginia Beach. Chesapeake is interested in bringing light rail to Greenbrier, and it’s about to take the first steps toward making it a reality. The City Council will take up a resolution this month asking Hampton Roads Transit to help locate money for a $1.8 [&hellip

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Welcome return for Virginia Beach trolleys

The Virginian-Pilot © June 1, 2014 Virginia Beach is bringing trolleys back to the Oceanfront next summer. They cost less to buy than the buses that have transported people between Rudee Inlet and 41st Street for the past five seasons. People apparently like them better, too. Ridership dropped by nearly 100,000 between 2006, when trolleys [&hellip

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