Norfolk Council agrees to study extending light rail service to Navy Base

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by Philip Townsend, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 24 at 7:06 AM

NORFOLK -- It's been more than a year since city officials in Norfolk discussed a light rail extension study to Naval Station Norfolk, but new ridership numbers are reigniting their interest.
 
The next step is pursuing a series of studies that would allow federal funding on the extension, which Council agreed to do at Tuesady night's meeting.
 
Meanwhile, Navy commuters are dealing with daily traffic near the base.
 
"The traffic here is terrible all the time," said sailor Rio Wolfgeher.

"It's especially bad in the morning."
 
The studies could take years as engineer examine potential routes to the base. Military Highway, Granby Street, Colley Avenue and Hampton Boulevard are all considered potential options.
 
"If they do get it out to the naval station, it will change a lot of things around here," said Norfolk resident James Brooks.

When voters in Virginia Beach go to the polls in two weeks, they will have their say on whether the resort city should pursue extending the light rail to their city.
 

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