On Thursday morning the Transportation, Parking, and Pedestrian Committee (TPPC) of Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) met. The short meeting went only about 40 minutes.
Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) had met with veteran drivers of the VBWave seasonal service to hear from them why they though ridership was down in 2008. First, there was less traffic on Atlantic Avenue, especially after 8 P.M. Second, many didn't grasp the hybrids being the replacement vehicle for the trolleys and would stand at a bus stop waiting for one of the red vehicles. On the bright side, the new routing north of 25th Street worked well, while bunching was only a problem on major holidays.
Parking lot collections were down slightly in 2008 due to a rainy September. The lots were ahead by about 20,000 vehicles and $100,000 going into September, only to have it rain 11 of 30 days. However, the elimination of Camp Pendleton shuttle service on major holidays (which was paid for out of parking revenues) meant net revenue was actually up for the year.
In the ongoing 16th Street saga, Plan C is now to cul-de-sac 16th Street in the 400th block, the second time the proposal has been pushed back a block. In addition, traffic calming measures are suggested on Arctic Avenue in the neighborhood.
This coming Tuesday proposed revisions to the Residential Parking Permit Program will go to City Council.