The Transportation, Parking, and Pedestrian Committee (TPPC) of Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) met on Wednesday morning. From that meeting:
1. One of the new hybrid buses was brought by for inspection. 10 will arrive this Spring to begin replacement of the overage fleet of 32 trolleys. It had a nice interior and is designed to seat 26.
My peeve: all the seats are sideways (along the bus' outer walls). Anyone who has rode Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) mainline knows people regularly take up 2-3 seats on such. Therefore, I doubt you'll actually get 26 seated.
2. A compromise may be in reach on the issue of replacing Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) for the VBWave Oceanfront trolleys. The framework:
a. HRT will buy and install 6-7 high-end TVMs. (That's up from the previous proposal of 4.) These machines will take credit cards.
b. All 8 Sunsations locations will sell VBWave passes. In just two months last year, they did over $12,000 in sales.
c. To bring more merchants in, HRT may offer a commission on ticket sales. Such is being considered in the ongoing Fare Study.