Study: Traffic congestion biggest transportation concern amongst military

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by Philip Townsend, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 5:48 PM

NORFOLK -- The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization is publishing a breakthrough study that will integrate the military into the region's transportation discussions.

According to researchers behind the study, most metropolitan planning areas with military installations have a disconnect between military bases, planning organizations and the Department of Transportation.
 
The purpose of the study is to determine current deficiencies in roadways that serve the military. It also surveys military members to get a sense of what should and shouldn't be improved.
 
Of the more than 10,000 respondents, 79 percent said that traffic congestion was their biggest concern.  They were also given the opportunity to make improvement suggestions.  Topping off that list was a light rail extension to the naval base.
 
"It would help a lot if they had light rail out here," said driver Antonio Watson. "Because of traffic and the young drivers who are in the Navy."

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