Delegate Bob Tata first had to substitute out on the bill, but it passed with flying colors. HB 6028, which would extend Norfolk's light rail Starter Line to Virginia Beach's Oceanfront, passed the House of Delegates 93-0. The substitute isn't on the LIS website yet, but should be soon http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?083+sum+HB6028
The last place the Flat Earther's could make a stand now is at the Senate Transportation Committee hearing. Just one problem: the Committee is Chaired by Senator Yvonne Miller of Norfolk. Think Yvonne would allow this one to die in her Committee? Can you say "It's going to be the law, VBTA!"?
Have a great night; I'm certainly going to.
UPDATE: the Substitute is now on LIS, and it's a much better bill! While leaving the option open for a PPTA, HB 6028 now reads that "the project may be advanced under any available development options."
My big question was how you would structure it financially as a PPTA. HRT Staff I spoke to were dismissive of being able to build light rail as a PPTA. Folks, celebrate!