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April 29th, 2013 12:14 PM

Hampton Roads Transit Unveils Proposed Virginia Beach Transit Stations


Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), in conjunction with the city of Virginia Beach, hosted three public meetings in April to gather citizen feedback on possible transit stations and park-and-ride lots for both light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT).
 
Improving transportation in Virginia Beach is one of City Council’s top priorities. Offering additional public transit options, either through LRT or BRT, is a major step in achieving this goal. Making our communities more navigable for both residents and visitors makes Virginia Beach less congested and ultimately, a better place to live, work and play.
 
In February, HRT shared different rail alignments for expanding the scope of LRT service to include the Hilltop Area. At the April meetings, a team from HRT unveiled the following:
 
  • Findings of their research into the Hilltop alignment strategy
  • Typical station designs
  • Station locations (for LRT and BRT) for the entire project area
If you were unable to attend the public meetings, you may still provide feedback to Mark Schnaufer, the Virginia Beach project manager, at mschnauf@vbgov.com.
   
Hilltop Alignment The LRT route alternatives being studied are from Newtown Road to the Rosemont area, Newtown Road to the Oceanfront along the Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor and one running from Newtown Road to the Oceanfront via the Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor and diverting to Laskin Road near Great Neck Road. Details of all three alternatives can be seen in the presentation posted at www.VBgov.com/lightrail.  
Station Locations The Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study is exploring three different scenarios under which transit options will be extended into Virginia Beach for both the BRT and LRT alternatives:
If transit is extended to the Rosemont Area:
HRT proposes that stations with park-and-ride lots be located at Witchduck Road, Town Center and Rosemont Road.
 
If transit is extended to the Oceanfront along the Norfolk Southern Railroad:
HRT proposes six park-and-ride stations at Witchduck Road, Town Center, Rosemont Road, Lynnhaven Parkway, North Oceana and 17th Street. They also propose resort-area walk-on stations at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and at 19th Street and Arctic Avenue. This alternative includes bus connections to locations including Tidewater Community College (TCC), Lynnhaven Mall, Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and Hilltop.
 
If transit is extended to the Oceanfront along the Norfolk Southern Railroad and Laskin Road Corridor:
 
HRT proposes 10 stations, seven of which would be park-and-ride stations at Witchduck Road, Town Center, Rosemont Road, Lynnhaven Parkway, Great Neck, Hilltop East and 17th Street. The other three stations would be walk-on stations at Hilltop West, Birdneck Road and 19th Street at Arctic. Again, this alternative includes bus connections to locations including TCC, Lynnhaven Mall, NAS Oceana and Hilltop.

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Posted by Cheryl Talbot ABR,GRI,e-PRO,MRP,SFR on April 29th, 2013 12:14 PMPost a Comment

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