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  1. I think the State report is overestimating the willingness of Southside residents to drive an hour across the HRBT to Newport News just get to a High-Speed Rail station. High-Speed Rail would be nice (as always), but the more serious problem is the lack of intra-regional transportation once you get off the train. If in Hampton Roads, your options when you arrive by train from DC or New York are HRT buses and taxis, say good-bye to a stream of visitors and business travelers arriving by train. On the other hand, if you take the train, currently from Newport News, to DC, Baltimore, New Yor
  2. I'm really glad Brussels was brought up earlier; I hail from Hungary and have grown up riding mass transit for most of my life, and it surprises me that solutions routinely used in Europe and others parts of the world are thought impossible here. Just a simple example: earlier in the thread, whether light rail could travel through Ghent feasibly was debated, but it's a fairly common occurrence for light rail / trams to share a lane with road traffic, where it obeys signals just like any other vehicle. This solution is often used for dense urban environments where there's no space to give th
  3. I hope the city will be creative rather than conservative with establishing a route for the Naval Station extension. Rumor has it that they've been eyeing Redgate Ave immediately next to Norfolk Southern's rail yards as a route through Ghent, but that'd miss the Colley/21st activity center completely. Manteo Street/Newport Ave would be a better route in serving major activity centers.
  4. I am quite pleased with Va Beach's recent Pembroke Area Implementation Plan... I hope they will keep that fully in mind as they conduct this new study. One station near the vicinity of the I-264 Independence Blvd exit should be developed as a Transit Center: offering plentiful Park-and-Ride spaces in a multi-level parking facility (with preferably ground floor retail), as well as move the HRT bus hub at Pembroke Mall to this new location. A redesign of the I-264 Independence Blvd interchange is due anyway, and this Transit Center could capture drivers from eastern Va Beach, and both North a
  5. Does this look safe to everyone? Pictures from Metromont's new precast garage near Foreman Field:
  6. Good point, I did pretty much forget about the Port of Virginia expansion Though it'd be interesting to have nice juicy facts on where exactly that freight would be headed, I can't help but think that such a project would be best served with a highway connection in the direction of 460/Wakefield/Petersburg, as opposed to facilities feeding traffic towards the good-old Coliseum. VA-164, which is the closest accessible higway in proximity to the new terminal, could be extended to provide a much-needed western spoke of the HR road system. It's still cheaper than the Third Crossing
  7. The problem with the Third Crossing I-564 - MMMBT connection is that is that it's an inconvenient detour from the 'straight-line' I-64 HRBT path for locals and visitors alike. It would link I-564 with I-664 that ties back into I-64 at the Coliseum, creating a chokepoint in case traffic levels are already high on both corridors (such as a hurricane evacuation. They might wish to look into setting up contraflow to keep the I-64 and the I-664-originated traffic on opposing sides). The main trunk of traffic is I-64, and unless you put tolls on the existing HRBT or place menacing signage to manipul
  8. Agreed. As I've stated before, ODU and 21st Street are well within bus reach of EVMS, and the planned new/adjusted lines will try to provide connections to the Tide a bit more effectively. Speaking of anecdotal evidence, I'd love to come up with numbers, but every time I've ridden bus #2 (at varying times on weekdays), the overwhelming majority of riders disembarks by Little Creek Road and doesn't actually make it to the Naval Base... While I agree with the Portsmouth connection, it is then surprising how officials claim to favor an extension to ODU and NSN. One wonders if they are
  9. Killam has the advantage of being a nearly deserted street, equidistant from Hampton Boulevard and Colley Ave. However, an additional over/underpass would be required for the Lambert's Point railroad tracks and the continuation both north and south of Killam would still be problematic. A visual presentation of the Hampton/Colley routings:
  10. From an ODU's point of view, the most advantageous path for the Light Rail would be down Hampton Boulevard. Between 38th Street and Bolling Avenue, the road can be widened, but north of Bolling are private homes close to the road and south of 38th there are only 4 or 5 lanes available and not enough space for widening. The Redgate/Powhatan route would make little sense. Too close to the waterfront and the rail yard to provide ample coverage. Also, ODU's axis is expanding east, not west, and the campus is pleasantly walkable from the Elizabeth River to Killam Ave.
  11. You mean Redgate Ave? It's the access road for the NS Classification Yard. It's also too far from both Hampton Boulevard and Colley to produce any serious ridership. Added: Hampton Boulevard is 2x2 lanes between EVMS and 25th Street, 2x2+1 middle lane between 25th and 38th Street, and 2x3 lanes + median between 38th and International Boulevard. Its capacity is really needed to handle not only the ~20% trucks, but also traffic around ODU, to the Midtown Tunnel, and to/from the Naval Base.
  12. In Germany, UK, France, Poland, Hungary, etc, it's common for trams in space-constrained environments to share the right-of-way with vehicles. While the concept is nearly foreign to North America, it has been done elsewhere; the light rail's signals are then synchronized with roadway signals and it effectively behaves as any other road-based vehicle for that stretch of road. That could be a viable solution for Colley Ave / Larchmont Crescent all the way up, given those streets' low traffic compared to neighboring Hampton Boulevard. It would discourage through traffic that does not frequent the
  13. That image explains why the Silverleaf P+R makes sense. I wonder, are there any [public] usage statistics for that and the related express line?
  14. Yes, the meeting was entirely overhyped and underwhelming (I was the young fellow on the right who asked two questions -- both of which went unanswered until I got to talk to the project manager). Now, before I say anything else, I attend ODU, and work for ODU, so obviously I'd like to see the Tide stop here eventually. The problem is, until the Third Crossing gets built, Hampton Boulevard will need the 2x3 lane capacity, and there isn't enough space in the median to run the Light Rail there. However, two blocks to the east, Colley Avenue/Jamestown Crescent offers a good alternate route.
  15. I'm a new poster (but old lurker) here, but this is an excellent place for discussion (the PilotOnline posts don't cut it). Let me quote my post there: Don't get me wrong; I love right rail. I'm from Hungary, where I commuted to school by light rail and subway for a good while. It's just that Hampton Roads is notoriously suburban in its settlement patterns, and neither the current nor the future plans for the Tide account for this. Nonetheless, while the former NS right-of-way in Norfolk is an awkward placement, it's not nearly as bad in Va Beach: it comes a lot closer to Virginia Beac
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