In a move that took all of Hampton Roads by surprise, on April 1 the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (VBTA) endorsed light rail for Virginia Beach, as part of a regional light rail network.
VBTA Chairman John Moss explained, "Over the past several months we've been working with anti-taxers throughout the region: the Portsmouth Taxpayers Alliance, Norfolk Tea Party 2, Tricia Stall's Senate campaign, etc. Many NTP2 members are pro-light rail, given the group's ties to Randy Wright. Wanting to do something positive and constructive for a change, we've decided to advocate for light rail."
VBTA Communications Director Robert Dean went on, "Light rail is such common sense that even I eventually figured it out. Workable solutions for our community should come before dogmatic ideology."
Finally, VBTA Transportation Chairman Reid Greenmun added, "It's about time that I cared about something other than rich White folks in Sandbridge. My political agenda should be about the needs of people other than the one I see in the mirror."
The VBTA is sending a letter to the Virginia Beach City Council asking them to proceed with light rail without a referendum.