Imagine that!

10 12 2007

This is my letter to the editor on 9/21/07 (Make Light Rail Regional)

—>With the Norfolk light rail project finally about to be off the ground, it’s time that other area cities started to look into it. This line will only work if it become regional. Virginia Beach could build the line all the way to the Oceanfront. That, combined with a line from the airport, would allow tourists to get to the beach very quickly.

Chesapeake could also benefit. With its many international companies, a connection to the airport would certainly bring in company executives and could also cash in on hotel rooms for Virginia Beach tourists.

Furthermore, if this project could bridge the water, the Hampton Roads third crossing might actually be effective. The line could then transfer to the proposed Hampton Roads/Richmond high speed line (www.rich2hrrail.info).

There is great possibility here, but it will take the cities setting aside their histories and differences. This regional line is just what the area needs to get out of our interstate cul-de-sac.

Hampton Roads will certainly be a force to reckon with in the international community. But only if we work together. <—

Interestingly enough, it bears many resemblances to a segment of an article on 12/9/07 (The Tide is rising, fans of Light rail Say) It says:

City and transit leaders heralded it as the first leg of a regional system that they hope to expand into Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and across the water to the Peninsula.
Mayor Paul Fraim said he expects the Harbor Park station will become a transit hub that eventually connects light rail to a highspeed rail line that would run to Richmond, Washington and beyond.

Maybe the Norfolk City Council actually has started listening to its residents.

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