Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dedicated Public Servants

With the move to the new Cedar Grove DTC scheduled for Sunday morning, some Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) administrative personnel were working into Saturday evening to pull it off. Much had to be done given that the City of Norfolk had only sent over the approved plan with one week's notice.

I had e-mail replies from two of them just before 9 P.M. on Saturday night from the Monticello Avenue office. Yes, they were at their desks on a Saturday evening.

Talking to a driver on Route 20 this evening, I was told things at Cedar Grove were "going great" on the first day. As I plan to travel through Cedar Grove tomorrow, I'll post a first-hand report.

Yes, HRT has a history of bungling, losing track of money, etc. However, I've met some good people there. Reforming HRT will be like turning a supertanker: very slow, but doable. Instead of bashing the agency, we should be trying to fix it in order that Hampton Roads may receive the quality mass transit that it needs.

1 comment:

Michael Ragsdale said...

I'll be at Cedar Grove bright and early this morning. I'll even get to ride through the pseudo-Downtown stops since I'm taking Rt 12 to Rt 6. I need to purchase my new 30-Day E&D and since I can only get that at 15th Street. Look for my report between 11 and 11:30 AM this morning. I will be in the Cedar Grove area between 8:15 and 9:15 AM. I do agree that yes, Cedar Grove needs portajohns. When Pierce Transit buses were meeting at a temporary transit center for Tacoma Mall, there were four: two for passengers and two for operators.