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October 14, 2019


“THE TIDE” LIGHT RAIL TO VIRGINIA BEACH. BUT, MAYOR WILL SESSOMS SAYS A LOT HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE TRAINS ROLL INTO THE BEACH. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S LAUREN COMPTON SAT DOWN WITH THE MAYOR TODAY….LAUREN? MAYOR SESSOMS SAYS JUST BECAUSE THE REFERENDUM PASSED DON’T EXPECT CITY COUNCIL TO BE VOTING ON THE LIGHT RAIL ANYTIME SOON. HE SAYS GETTING VOTER APPROVAL WAS JUST ONE STEP IN A LONG PROCESS. IT WOULD SEEM THE TIME IS RIGHT TO BRING THE LIGHTRAIL TO VIRGINIA BEACH. THE VOTERS ARE EXCITED. C0002 00:10:40 (:07) –NANCY HAAS “I THINK IT WOULD BRING MORE BUISNESS TO THE AREA. PEOPLE FROM NORFOLK WOULD GET DOWN HERE EASIER, AND IT WOULD JUST THE WAY (NATS:02) — BUT MAYOR WILLIAMS SESSOMS SAYS IT’S TIME NOW FOR VIRGINIA BEACH TO WAIT. C0001 00:00:19 (:06) MAYOR WILLIAM SESSOMS, VB -“WHAT WE DO NOW IS WAIT FOR THE STUDY THAT HRT IS WILL GIVE THE CITY A BETTER IDEA OF THE COST OF BRINGING THE TIDE TO VIRGINIA BEACH OR IF IT LATELY–ONE FROM A CONSULTANT GROUP ESTIMATING IT WOULD COST 254 MILLION TO TAKE LIGHT RAIL FROM NEWTOWN ROAD TO TOWN CENTER. ABOUT 807 MILLION FROM NEWTOWN ROAD TO THE OCEANFRONT. 00:05:05 (:09) MAYOR WILLIAM SESSOMS -“I”VE ALSO HEARD THAT SOMEONE ON THE PRIVATE SIDE CAN COME IN AND BUILT THIS PROJECT FOR CONSIDERABLY LESS. “: SESSOM SAYS THE REFERENDUM NOW ALLOWS CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS FINANCING AND TO START LOOKING FOR FEDERAL FUNDING. FEDERAL FUNDING IS A CRITICAL PIECE IN EXTENDING THE TIDE. 00:08:02 (:08) SESSOMS -“I WOULD SAY IT WOULD BE HARD TO MOVE FORWARD, AND WE WOULD WAIT AND SEE WHEN THAT TYPE OF MONEY WOULD BE AVALIABLE THEN JUMP ON IT.” SESSOMS FEELS CONFIDENT VIRGINIA BEACH COULD SECURE THAT FUNDING. AND, WHILE THE PUBLIC’S FEELINGS ON LIGHTRAIL HAVE CHANGED — SESSOMS SAYS IT WILL BE YEARS BEFORE IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON THE PROJECT. HE SAYS THE BIGGEST THING THE REFERENDUM DID WAS GIVEN THE CITY COUNCIL ABILITY TO FINALLY TALK ABOUT IT. C0001 00:01:01 (:10) MAYOR WILLIAM SESSOMS, -“WE WERE VERY GUARDED EVEN USING THE WORD LIGHT RAIL IN VIRGINIA BEACH AS FAR AS FOR PLANNING. NOW WE CAN TAKE THAT GUARD DOWN, THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN.” SESSOMS SAYS THE CITY COUNCIL WILL ALSO TRY TO GET VOTER INPUT ON THE LIGHT RAIL. IT’S A PART OF A PROCESS IN APPLYING FOR FEDERAL FUNDS TO PAY FOR THE LIGHT RAIL. A COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD MEMBER –SAYS IT COULD 2018 OR 2020 BEFORE THE LIGHT RAIL BREAKS GROUND IN VIRGINIA BEACH. IN NORFOLK, LAUREN COMPTON 10 ON YOUR SIDE

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