Do they read my blog at The Virginian-Pravda? They finally picked up on the story of HB 6028. http://hamptonroads.com/2008/06/legislation-would-extend-light-rail-virginia-beach
On Monday evening, I told HR Transit Ideas' Michael Ragsdale that I owed a hug to whomever masterminded HB 6028. It's sheer genius:
1. The rail line will probably get built quicker this way.
2. Making it a state project insulates it from the antics of the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (VBTA).
My one real question is how would it be financially structured as a PPTA? On a road, you let them collect tolls; however, on a rail line, that money goes toward operating the trains. A percentage? Development rights at the stations? Parking concessions for the park-and-rides? Let's hope that whomever came up with the PPTA idea also figured how to fit it into a regional light rail network.