VB council studies light rail stop at Hilltop

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by Philip Townsend, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 7:40 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH---Virginia Beach council members are learning more about a light rail extension to the Hilltop section of the city, not Town Center or even the Oceanfront.
 
Hampton Road Transit CEO William Harrel presented council with an update on the extension study to the popular shopping destination Tuesday.
 
Business owners in the area tell 13News they aren't completely sold on the idea.
 
"It's a very congested area," said Greg Whitley of Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. "As long as it doesn't hinder the ability of people who love to come to this shopping center, then it could be a positive thing."
 
In November voters approved a referendum that has council pursuing funds for a light rail extension.

Later this month, HRT will hold two meetings in Va. Beach on public transit in the city. It's studying four possible alternatives: extending The Tide light rail from Norfolk, expanding local bus service, building a bus rapid transit system or doing nothing.  At the meetings, HRT will provide information and take your comments on the latest developments in the Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study. The property runs from Newtown to Birdneck roads roughly parallel to I-264. The study includes options for extending transit service east of Birdneck Road to the Oceanfront.

PUBLIC TRANSIT MEETINGS:
-Monday, Feb. 25, Linkhorn Park Elementary School, 977 First Colonial Road, 6 to 8 p.m.

-Thursday, Feb. 28, Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, 2020 Laskin Road, 6 to 8 p.m.

 

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