Virginia Beach voters rejected expanding The Tide light rail system into their city “by a landslide” this past November, but that doesn’t mean VB isn’t trying to improve its public transport system.
The City of Virginia Beach is hosting its second community input session “Planning for Life After Light Rail,” next Wednesday, March 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and on Facebook Live.
“Residents are invited to help plan improvements to public transportation in Virginia Beach and throughout our region,” said Virginia Beach’s Communication’s Office, via a press release.
Hampton Roads Transit, the regional transit agency, provided over 17.9 million passenger trips in FY14, to people in Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, according to the organization.
Recently HRT asked the City of Virginia Beach to pay $1.6 million toward cost overruns.
William Harrell, president and chief executive of Hampton Roads Transit, offered his ideas for how the organization can evolve in a recent op-ed in The Pilot. Harrell said that, “the regional transit system is… hindered by a weak mix of funding.”
Public input sessions like this are an important opportunity for the public and government agencies to come together to find solutions.
“This interactive session will review work to date, including feedback from more than 560 survey responses following the first public meeting (Jan-Feb 2017),” the City of Virginia Beach wrote. “We’ll look at potential new routes as well as issues involving frequency, schedules and more.”
For current HRT routes in Virginia Beach, click here.