I earlier blogged on proposed MAX Route 960. Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) now has a PDF file available that you can download on all proposed changes for the Metro Area eXpress (MAX)
I had a long telephone conversation yesterday with Michael Ragsdale, who has an appointment pending to HRT's User Citizen Advisory Committee (UCAC). A large portion was spent covering the MAX, and proposed Route 960. Neither of us believes it will work in it's proposed configuration. Michael has now put up a Route 960 poll on his blog http://hrtransit-ideas.blogspot.com/ Please vote for reconfiguration.
The prevailing attitude at HRT seems to be that since initial MAX service is being covered by a Federal grant, they don't need to really worry about it. Excuse me, but adding transit service that gets few people anywhere is a step backwards! I have it authoritatively that if payment for the service passes to the City of Virginia Beach, the 960 will be reconfigured.
I started toying with one of Michael's favorite routes, Route 121. The 121 is an express bus that goes Newport News Transportation Center - Patrick Henry Mall - Williamsburg. With the demise of The Boomerang, what if we extended the 121 -as MAX service - to Virginia Beach's Oceanfront? 19th/Pacific - Town Center - Norfolk Airport - Wards Corner - NNTC - Patrick Henry Mall - Williamsburg? That's a long route, but so is the current 61.