HRT shares maps of Norfolk light-rail extension options
Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA), 2014-02-21
Feb. 21--NORFOLK -- Hampton Roads Transit has released highly conceptual maps showing several ways the city might extend light rail to Norfolk Naval Station.
The transit agency on Wednesday announced three public workshops it will hold next week to gather feedback on the alignments.
The routes grew out of past public workshops and do not consider cost or potentially fatal flaws, such as right of way problems, so several may prove unfeasible after a closer look.
The maps show paths running along most major north-south corridors in the city, including Hampton Boulevard, Colley Avenue, Church Street, Tidewater Drive and North Military Highway, past Norfolk International Airport.
Analysis of the routes has begun and will continue, with HRT planning to have recommendations by summer of two to four alignments to study further, said Julie Timm, the agency's transit development officer.
The agency is still willing to consider corridors that have not yet been proposed, she added.
As staffers whittle the options, they will give extra weight to those that receive the most support from the public, Timm said.
The workshops will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the following locations:
Monday: Granby High School, 7101 Granby St. The location is serviced by bus route 1. Parking is free in the school's lot.
Tuesday: Old Dominion University, Ted Constant Convocation Center, 4320 Hampton Blvd. The location is served by bus routes 2, 4 and 16. Parking is free at the 43rd Street garage.
Wednesday: Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main St. The location is served by bus routes 6, 8, 45, 960 and 961, along with The Tide.
Drivers can park at the Main Street and Waterside parking garages.
People can also submit comments online here.
Dave Forster, 757-222-5005, email@example.com
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