Treasurer pays for newspaper ad against light-rail extension

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Beach treasurer has paid for a newspaper ad that calls for residents to rally against the proposed 3-mile light-rail extension to Town Center.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that John Atkinson’s advertisement appeared in Sunday’s Beacon, a community news section of The Virginian-Pilot.

In the ad, Atkinson, who didn’t mention his elected position, says the city could provide bus service for much cheaper than spending $327 for a short trip that will serve a projected 1,100 passengers.

The council says the light-rail will spur economic development and improve regional cooperation when the city is linked by train to Norfolk.

Final approval for the light-rail extension is at least a year away, but City Council added $20 million to this year’s budget to keep the project alive.

 

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