Articles

Two public forums held Wednesday ahead of light rail vote

September 7, 2019


KNOW. TWO MEETINGS – DELVING INTO BOTH SIDES OF A VIRGINIA BEACH CONTROVERSY WE’VE BEEN COVERING FOR MONTHS. DOZENS OF PEOPLE TURNED OUT TO DISCUSS LIGHT RAIL TONIGHT. IN LESS THAN A WEEK, RESIDENTS WILL VOTE ON EXPANDING THE TIDE FROM NORFOLK TO TOWN CENTER. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S LIZ KILMER JOINS US FROM THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, SITE OF ONE OF TWO FORUMS TONIGHT. LIZ? TONIGHT’S EVENT HERE WAS HOSTED BY THE VIRGINIA BEACH TEA PARTY- EVERY ATTENDEE WE SPOKE TO CAME HERE AGAINST LIGHT RAIL EXPANSION – AND LEFT FEELING MORE ASSURED. BUT AT A SECOND MEETING TONIGHT – 10 ON YOUR SIDE SPOKE WITH FOLKS WHO PLAN TO VOTE IN FAVOR. C77 16:10:39 “THE MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND DRAINAGE AND NOT ON LIGHT RAIL.” TOM VIELE AMONG THE MANY AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY TONIGHT, WHO SAY IT’D BE A WASTE FOR VIRGINIA BEACH TO EXPAND LIGHT RAIL – OR “LIE” RAIL – AS THE EVENING’S SPEAKER, RANDAL O’TOOLE CALLED IT. C63 15:56:56 “THE TIDE LIGHT RAIL HERE IS A DISMAL FAILURE, IT WAS ONE OF THE LOWEST RATES OF RIDERSHIP.” O’TOOLE – A TRANSPORTATION AUTHOR – SAID LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS ALWAYS COST MORE THAN EXPECTED. AND THAT THEY MAKE MORE SENSE FOR PLACES LIKE NEW YORK CITY – NOT HAMPTON ROADS. C76 16:08:00 “KIND OF CONFIRMS SOME OF THE THINGS WE THOUGHT IN MAKING THE DECISION TO SAY NO” AN HRT OFFICIAL WAS INVITED TO THE FORUM – BUT DIDN’T COME – ACCORDING TO COUNCILMAN JOHN MOSS, THE EVENING’S MODERATOR. C78 16:12:21 “THEY DECIDED THAT WASN’T POSSIBLE” FOR BALANCE – THEY PLAYED A VIDEO PRESENTATION OF HRT PRESIDENT WILLIAM HARRELL PRAISING THE PROJECT AS A WAY TO CONNECT HAMPTON ROADS. HE CALLED THE 243 MILLION DOLLAR COST REASONABLE AND RESPONSIBLE – AND SAID THE TIDE HAS LED TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NORFOLK. WHILE NOT MANY ATTENDEES HERE WERE ON BOARD – WE HEARD FROM SUPPORTERS AT A SECOND PUBLIC FORUM HOSTED BY T-C-C. C22 00:24:25 “WE THINK IT’S AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE.” 24:34 “WE THINK IT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL TO US TO CONNECT US TO SERVICES AND OTHER PLACES IN THE REGION AS PARTICULARLY AS WE AGE.” HELPFUL FOR THE ELDERLY – AGREED NAADIRA MUBARAK. WHO SUPPORTS THE EXPANSION IN BEHALF OF YOUNG PEOPLE, TOO. C20 21:38 IT WILL GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO HAVE ACCESS TO MORE JOBS IT WILL GET THEM OUT OF CARS HERE TONIGHT QUESTIONS WERE COLLECTED FROM THE AUDIENCE – MOSS TELLS ME HE WILL SEND THOSE TO H-R-T AND HOPE FOR ANSWERS BY ELECTION DAY. HE IS ONE OF TWO ON COUNCIL WHO HAVE BEEN VOCALLY OPPOSED TO THE EXPANSION. LIVE IN VIRGINIA BEACH, LIZ KILMER, 10 ON YOUR

No Comments

Leave a Reply