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Old 08-21-2013, 04:59 PM
 
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I'm a new resident of Hampton Roads(6 months) and fairly new to this great forum. I look forward to adding to the discussions here, but I thought I would start with an issue I find particularly fascinating about greater Hampton Roads.

Transportation has been discussed in bits in pieces on this forum(i.e. light rail disussion) but I wanted to start this thread to discuss "how people get around" more broadly. I have come to realize that the average citizen has only one transportation choice for commuting here. I have also realized that many average citizens do not think that to be a particularly bad state of things, while at the same time decrying the traffic bottlenecks, potholes and taxation/tolling to provide costly infrastructure that automobile dependence necessitates.

I'm interested in gaining a local perspective (collective historical knowledge) as to what decision-making on the part of what institutions or individuals got the region into this transportation situation. I realize that geographic, social, political and national "trends and forces" played a role, but a follow-up question would be why do the residents of HR not forcefully demand more transportation choice?

I would also like to gain some perspective on where you all think the region is headed with transportation? Can population and economic growth be maintained with automobile only development dominating into the future?

Thanks in advance for welcoming me into the discussion.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:33 PM
 
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I would also like to gain some perspective on where you all think the region is headed with transportation? Can population and economic growth be maintained with automobile only development dominating into the future?
It is headed nowhere - you can hardly even get people to share a ride, much less use any sort of public transit. The fact that the whole system is so horrible - HRT even admitted recently that the main transfer center at Cedar Grove was so dismal it discouraged increased use. Do you find the new main transfer location to be much better?

Population can be maintained as people are staying and moving in due to temporary circumstances as others are leaving and moving on.
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