Shorter light rail extension could be considered

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach could consider a shorter extension of the light rail.

As part of the study to extend the light rail from the Tide’s Newton Road station, Hampton Roads Transit is putting together a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which includes info on design, ridership, cost and environmental impact.

Brian Solis with the Strategic Growth Area Office of the city told there are three different plans being included in the DEIS — a route that ends near Rosemont Road, one that goes to the Oceanfront and another that goes to the Oceanfront via the Hilltop/Laskin Road area.

HRT plans to finish the DEIS this spring and present it to the Federal Transit Administration. The public will also have an opportunity to check it out and make comments over the summer.

Then in the fall, City Council will decide whether to approve one of the three routes in the DEIS, choose a previously announced plan, or ask HRT and the FTA to look into a route that would end in the Town Center area.

“Ending service at Town Center may provide a lower cost option, but the impacts are not fully known until the study is complete,” Solis said.

You can count on to keep you updated with the latest developments on the light rail proposals.

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