That's what you have to believe to take seriously the Transportation Plan from the Tidewater Libertarian Party (TLP). Or is that the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (VBTA)? While the TLP has gone around calling it their Plan, the copy I got at Governor Kaine's Transportation Town Hall Meeting labels it as VBTA, even listing the VBTA Board of Directors at the bottom. (Okay, what's the real difference between the TLP and VBTA?)
I read it on the bus to today's RAC meeting. Some obvious holes:
1. While calling for the abolition of the Hampton Roads Transportation Authority (HRTA), it would set up six regional commissions. (So regional government is bad...unless the VBTA proposes it?)
2. "Each Transportation project over $1B in costs requires an individual regional referendum for voter approval." Since Virginia Beach light rail would be less than half that, the VBTA should support building it without a referendum. (Oh, they've already asked City Council for one, haven't they?)
3. We get Reid Greenmun's "The Third Crossing and 460 are all about the port" argument again. (Yawn)
4. The Plan calls for "a new 'citizen-friendly' process and new project selection criteria", while never starting to specify what those should be.
In short, the "Plan" can't be taken seriously.