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  1. Was checking Breeze’s website and saw that starting in February, RIC-TPA will be upgraded again to daily service! Great news that Breeze has had a lot of success on this route, hopefully we see some new routes soon as more of their A220s come online (would love LA and Phoenix).
  2. They are going to run out of towers to convert pretty soon at this rate. Should hopefully lead to new buildings being built downtown pretty soon!
  3. @I miss RVA Its pretty clear you don’t know anything about these regulations if you think any implementation of a historic district would hamper development in Manchester. Implementing historic districts has proven time and time again not to hamper development as implementing historic districts doesn’t legally do anything to stop development in areas so please stop spreading false information. Implementing a historic resources survey is nothing more than surveying existing sites in Manchester to determine which have historical significance. What is being proposed by VDHR will do nothing to hamper development of buildings without major historical significance so no…….. they don’t want to try and save EvErYtHiNg as you falsely claim. Professor Slipek was not completely wrong in everything he said in the article so please stop taking everything to the extreme and fear mongering on these forums that any sort of preservation will lead to a standstill on all development going on in Richmond as it won’t and it’s hasn’t in any decent city in the country, much less the world.
  4. I for one would like to see the silos saved, but only if they can be repurposed and rehabbed. They may not be a 20 story glass residential tower but they are pretty similar in height and a lot more iconic. Not many other cities have large grain silos basically as part of their skyline (outside of Buffalo). Saving the silos would have been a very visible monument to Manchester past as an industrial which is very quickly being erased. I’m not a fan of saving some 1 or 2 story brick or metal warehouse but a building that iconic that has been visible to travelers and has almost served as a gateway to the southern us is far different than the carriage building which tbh I didn’t even know existed prior to this article. While some might feel they are an ugly eyesore, they are more unique and cool looking than any skyscraper Charlotte, Raleigh, Austin, Atlanta or any other sunbelt city has in their skyline or will ever have. Gives off major Brooklyn vibes. Sadly for me and any others that find old industrial architecture to be more beautiful than any all glass building, they likely won’t be able to be saved, but if they were able to repurpose them as apartments or a hotel, I’d be the first in line to stop any bulldozer or wrecking ball from destroying them.
  5. @I miss RVA might need to write a thank you card to the NIMBYs for the increased height!
  6. Wow I hadn’t even heard about this! Good find!
  7. Awesome news! Should be a great addition to Broad and add residents that shop nearby and could use the pulse, especially due to less than 1 space per unit of parking. Hopefully we see more projects like this pop up long Broad all the way to Scott’s Addition!
  8. My guess is access to Virginia Beach was the sole reason that ORF was chosen. Due to high levels of leisure traffic, which is what Breeze targets, ORF seemed like a great spot to have a bunch of lower frequency routes to the Midwest. RIC actually has better PDEW to NOLA, which is why we still have the route at 4x per week year round, however our numbers to Pittsburgh are abysmally low as it’s a very short flight so they lose lots of passengers to driving. You can see this with other nearby cities, such as Charlotte and Philadelphia, which have direct flights but low PDEWs, however the difference is that those cities are hubs for American so they can warrant a direct flight due to the vast amount of connections they offer. Pittsburgh no longer is a hub so unless there were high numbers of passengers traveling my between the 2 cities, a route wouldn’t be picked up. Breeze’s strategy for choosing focus cities doesn’t matter a whole lot for what cities get new service as Breeze doesn’t allow passengers to book connecting flights so being a focus city isn’t as big of a deal, outside of increasing jobs at the airport. This is why Providence, which is a focus city, only has 4 routes year round and Richmond has 5, yet isn’t a focus city. Hate to be a downer but look for Breeze to keep scaling back lower demand routes across their network until mid winter.
  9. Breeze has further cut their schedule, not just from RIC but from almost all airports they operate from. RIC lost all flights to Providence and West Palm, taking Breeze down to 5 year round routes and 1 seasonal route out of RIC. However we fared much better than many other cities. Breeze’s prescience at ORF has shrunk to 7 year round routes, with 5 seasonal routes including big destinations such as New Orleans, Charleston and Pittsburgh. Providence, a focus city, has been cut to 4 total routes for the near future and New Orleans has shrunk to 8 year round routes and 2 seasonal routes. Seems as though Breeze expanded way to quickly and is looking to cut out routes that have lower ridership during the winter season, where ridership is usually lower among all routes. I don’t think we should be very discouraged by the Providence route as it never seemed like a plausible route to begin with, however the PBI route hurts alittle. Seems like it could come back as seasonal once Breeze better figures out how to allocate resources as it had decent demand and had been upped from 1x per week to 2x per week recently. I would look for Breeze to pounce on longer distance markets that are better suited to the a220 and have higher ridership (Think Los Angeles or Phoenix) or are popular tourist destinations (Austin or Fort Myers) in the future as opposed to routes to Hartford and Providence, which have to compete with driving and a plethora of Amtrak trains that may take longer but allow for increased flexibility.
  10. Virginia’s Amtrak services have shot back to pre-pandemic levels of service, with over 110,000 people riding Virginia state supported routes in July! No doubt that the addition of the third round trip to Norfolk and the second round trip to Roanoke were major catalysts for growth, but encouraging ridership bumps over last month across the state. I can’t even imagine the ridership in 2030 once the transforming rail in va plan is built out. https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/press-release/21279332/amtrak-ridership-on-amtraks-virginia-routes-hits-alltime-high
  11. The JeBlue and Spirit merger will be very interesting at RIC as they serve the same destinations, meaning that where we once had two airlines for routes such as Richmond to Orlando and Richmond to Fort Lauderdale, we will only have one carrier, which does mean less competition in the short term, however it’s an attractive route with 97,000 (MCO) and 67,000 (FLL) each year so there is plenty of room for multiple carriers. Hoping Southwest or Frontier push into the market due to both having focus cities at Orlando, so breaking up a JetBlue monopoly, especially for Frontier, would seem very obvious. Regarding JetBlue’s cancelled route, I wouldn’t expect it to stay vacant for long as JetBlue will be acquiring A220s which work best for long skinny air routes connecting mid and large sized cities transcontinentally. Likelihood is that they will look to pick this route back up once they start acquiring them.
  12. Good news today! After looking at possibly booking a trip on Allegiant to Nashville, it seems that starting at the end of February 2023, Allegiant will up the frequency from 2x per week to 4x per week. Great news as this route sees very high PAX. Would love to see this route become daily within the next year or so. Also this hopefully is a confidence builder for Allegiant, who doesn’t fly to anywhere other than Nashville or Florida from RIC for future routes to cities like Austin, Indianapolis, Kansas City or Savannah.
  13. Very surprising news. Chesterfield has always been very anti public transit so the fact they are actually extending it is very surprising. I’m only guessing here but it seems like they could be piloting this route as a possible portion of a north-south BRT route. We will see though if it works as most of midlothian turnpike doesn’t have sidewalks west of the powhite interchange so who knows how accessible this will be for people. Hoping it does really well but gotta remember that this is Chesterfield.
  14. Drove by the site yesterday and tree clearing is well underway. They have finished the entrance road to the site and most of the land has been cleared. Wouldn’t be surprised to see buildings begin going up this spring.
  15. Not downtown but a new 124 room hotel is proposed off of Gaskins Rd in Henrico. https://richmondbizsense.com/2022/08/23/new-to-market-hotel-brands-to-rise-off-gaskins-and-in-short-pump/
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