UPDATE: HRT resumes work on Naval Station Norfolk study

UPDATE:  HRT resumes work on Naval Station Norfolk study

Credit: Hampton Roads Transit

UPDATE: HRT resumes work on Naval Station Norfolk study

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Update 10/22: Hampton Roads Transit announced Tuesday that it has resumed work on the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study.

The study was put on hold on Oct. 8 during the political stalemate in Washington, D.C. that resulted in a 16-day shutdown of most federal government work. 

The study is exploring corridor options for connecting the Tide with the Navy base.

NORFOLK -- Hampton Roads Transit announced Tuesday that it has temporarily suspended work on two transit studies and is reviewing its operations for other potentially impacted services as a result of the shutdown by the federal government.

According to HRT, the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study and the Origin and Destination survey have been suspended until further notice because funding for the efforts is dependent on federal support.

The Naval Station Study is exploring corridor options for connecting The Tide light rail with Naval Station Norfolk. The study, which will cost $1.4 million, began in June with a series of public workshops.

Information from the Origin and Destination Survey will help HRT plan better transit routes. The study will cost $286,718.

The Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study is not expected to be affected by the shutdown because of the necessity of completing the Environmental Impact Statement in a timely manner.

“The interruption of these important services is a necessary precaution until the shutdown is resolved by Congress,” said William Harrell, HRT’s president and CEO. “HRT must be careful not to incur obligations that are funded by federal sources if those funds are delayed.”

HRT receives about 23 percent of its operating funds through federal sources.

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