This morning the Transportation, Parking, and Pedestrian Committee (TPPC) of Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) met. Preliminary movement was made on three issues.
First, there have been talks about bringing pedicabs to the Resort Area. (They already operate at Town Center.) More information was requested. The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) has a number of concerns about allowing them onto Atlantic Avenue, while the bike path along the Boardwalk is too narrow for two to pass.
Second, a lighting demonstration is to be arranged for the outlying blocks in the Resort Area. White lights, which give off clearer light and are more energy efficient, would replace the yellow lights now used.
Third, there was a discussion on using Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) buses for shuttling convention delegates. Recent regulation changes by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have tightened use of transit buses for charter purposes. Councilman John Uhrin said chartered motor coaches would be the primary haulers, with HRT supplementing them. Thinking out loud, CCO RAC representative Henry Ryto tossed out an idea for Resort service that would clear the largest FTA hurdle. HRT Vice President of Operations Mike Perry stated it was doable, but can it clear the Resort political minefields?