On May 18 The Virginian-Pravda editorialized on mass transit in Virginia Beach, and I blogged ("V-P And Transit In Virginia Beach") in response. They wanted to start improving transit in Virginia Beach by adding additional rush hour buses on Route 20, a clunky solution and hardly our greatest need.
Monday evening at work I had a brainstorm, a more effective and cost-effective way of relieving Route 20 in the interim until light rail. My idea: a hourly express bus at rush hour between 19th Street & Pacific Avenue (Oceanfront's Transfer Center) and the Military Circle Transfer Center. Military Circle is a transfer point for Routes 15, 20, 23, 25, and 27. One half-hour it makes the run one direction; the other half-hour the return trip. It's advantages over more 20s at rush hour:
1. It would avoid the stop-and-go traffic on Virginia Beach Boulevard, in which the 20 gets hung up.
2. You could do with one bus what would take two under the additional buses on the 20 scenario, cutting the operating cost in half.
3. Since it would serve Norfolk, Norfolk would have to pay a portion. That's only fair with all those Norfolk-bound riders. (Virginia Beach would pick up the full tab for more buses between Pembroke East and 19th & Pacific.)
I'm 110% in favor of more and improved mass transit in Hampton Roads, but we may need some creative solutions to do it in a cost-effective manner.