Military committee to support light rail expansion in Va. Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Expansion for light rail to Town Center has been endorsed by another group in Virginia Beach.

In a letter to Mayor Will Sessoms, the Virginia Beach Military Economic Development Committee (MEDAC) stated that it will vote to support the expansion.

Rear Adm. Mark Gemmill (Ret.), chair of the Virginia Beach MEDAC, stated in the Oct. 26 letter that they were impressed by a briefing on light rail and transportation they had received from city staff.

Letter: MEDAC to support light rail in Town Center

The briefing reportedly showed the committee proposed plans to increase bus service throughout Virginia Beach as well as the Town Center extension.

The project to extend light rail is projected to cost $243.1 million, according to estimates officials released in early October. This 3.5-mile expansion would have three stops — Kellam Road, Witchduck Road and Constitution Drive near Town Center.

Gemmill says they were also pleased with plans from HRT to study future service options for Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek and NAS Oceana.

A referendum for the expansion of light rail from Norfolk to Town Center is on the November ballot for Virginia Beach residents.