This evening there was a Transportation Town Hall meeting in the City Council Chambers, cosponsored by Delegate Terrie Suit and the City of Virginia Beach. In addition to Suit, Delegates Purkey, Tata, Bouchard, Mathieson, Howell, Iaquinto, as well as Senator Harry Blevins were there to hear from citizens. Joel Rubin was Moderator.
The format was similar to a City Council meeting, with speakers going to the podium to address the electeds for a maximum three minutes. About 25 people spoke, with most everyone staying positive and constructive. The General Assembly members sat on the dais listening. The one complaint I heard afterwards was that there were too many special interest speakers as a proportion.
My obvious personal highlight of the night: Delegate Mathieson declared me a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on mass transit. Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (VBTA) Transportation Chairman Reid Greenmun and I joked about that.
Speaking of Reid, he provided the humor for the evening. To the podium he brought forward a large sign "FIRST ABOLISH THE HRTA"...which he held up upside down. You'll have to watch the video!
Speaking of video, not only will the program be rebroadcast on VBTV, but it will be available as streaming video on the City's website. It ran about 100 minutes.