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Old 01-09-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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Here are the plans for the Hampton Roads...

http://www.drpt.virginia.gov/activit...lyer-final.pdf
That's fine and dandy, but isn't anything more than a colorful brochure.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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I left HR before the light rail was up and running. How is it? Has anyone ridden it? Has it turned out to be worth the time and aggravation that came with getting it up and running? I may visit the area in April to see family before going back to Alaska and may give it a ride just for gits and shiggles.
LMAO, its a handy-dandy lil helper if your lookin to go from no-place to no-wheres , whoops: I mean if your looking to go just from Va Bch to Downtown Norfolk, it travels in ONE straight line and has limited stops along the way and there is free parking - at least at the VA Beach stops; not sure about the ones in downtown Norfolk, but assuming you have varied destinations its not your best choice. Makes for a fun ride, though as long as you dont mind walking the rest of the way or taking the ghetto bus the rest of your journey
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:53 PM
 
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That's fine and dandy, but isn't anything more than a colorful brochure.
Well some of it is starting to become set in stone like the Higher Speed Rail and commuter rail , the biggest project would be connecting the 2 cities with light Rail.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:36 PM
 
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Well some of it is starting to become set in stone like the Higher Speed Rail and commuter rail , the biggest project would be connecting the 2 cities with light Rail.
Which two cities?
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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I like the rail, I use it to attend sporting events or festivals rather than driving into downtown and dealing with traffic/parking hassles. It also has a stop right by the ferry at waterside so we will take the rail into downtown and then ride over to Portsmouth on the boat if we want to spend the day in the old town area.

It is probably only practical for a small portion of the population at this point but it is definitely getting used quite a bit. Every time I ride the stops are busy and people seem to be enjoying using it. Whether it eventually blossoms into a viable alternative to driving and leads to new development along the route remains to be seen, but it is a good start...
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, Va
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It should have been. Considering the tunnel expansion has been talked about for years, the rail has been in the works for years and they haven't even started construction on the tunnel (just signed the deal a few weeks ago,) there's no reason why it shouldn't be.
I agree it should have been, and we may be even more screwed by the non-compete clause. Basically, Portsmouth really got the short end of the stick. That said, the city is already working on the ODU/Norfolk Naval base extension, with construction set to begin within 7 years (wish it were sooner).

Norfolk to start planning light rail extension.

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During their annual retreat in Smithfield this week, council members discussed three proposed extensions to the Navy base:

• Beginning at the Medical Center/Fort Norfolk Station, Fraim suggested extending The Tide around West Ghent and over the Elizabeth River to 26th Street, then up Hampton Boulevard past Old Dominion University to the base.

• A proposal from Councilman Paul R. Riddick would begin downtown and use the city's right of way on Granby Street to extend through Wards Corner to the base.

• A long-studied extension from the Newtown Road Station on the Virginia Beach border, parallel to Interstate 64 to the Navy base.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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I don't even want to imagine the worse nightmare that Mid and Downtown tunnel traffic would turn into once they begin (if they ever) extending the light rail. All I can say is I'm glad I'm gone, never to return (hopefully) save to visit on occassion.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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It's very nice. Unfortunately it doesn't go any place and we're also being royally screwed since it won't be extended through the Midtown Tunnel extension.

So really at this point and for the foreseeable future it's nothing more than a novelty.
Someone doesn't want to lay down tracks through the tunnel. It might be the cheaper option, which wouldn't surprise me seeing that they didn't elevate it in Norfolk where it should have been elevated.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Here are the plans for the Hampton Roads...

http://www.drpt.virginia.gov/activit...lyer-final.pdf
Ferrys and Bus Rapid Transit; what fun!
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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I agree it should have been, and we may be even more screwed by the non-compete clause. Basically, Portsmouth really got the short end of the stick. That said, the city is already working on the ODU/Norfolk Naval base extension, with construction set to begin within 7 years (wish it were sooner).

Norfolk to start planning light rail extension.
New tracks or the ones I saw on I-564 leaving the Naval Base going back towards Virginia Beach?
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