Today were simultaneous meetings on the draft Regional Transit Vision Plan, one each in Norfolk and in Hampton from 4-7 P.M. Both meetings had two sessions comprised of an Open House with displays and a Presentation. Then participants were slated to break up into small groups to discuss three questions:
1. Among the transit improvements proposed, what are your priorities?
2. What are the benefits to the region of implementing the proposed transit improvements? Which benefits are most important to you?
3. How would implementing the proposed transit improvements affect your ability or interest in using transit?
I attended the Norfolk meeting. The 4:30 session had a good-sized crowd. The 6 P.M. session was small enough that we didn't break into groups, instead discussing as one large group.
My disappointment was that the vast majority of input was generic transit, not directly related to the Vision Plan. In the second session I tried to get things on track by talking about where I'd tweak the Plan. How many of the participants actually read the draft plan before coming?
The amusing part will be seeing Debbie Messina's story tomorrow. The Virginian-Pravda reporter arrived later, missing the packed first session. Reading our notes, can she flesh an accurate story out of it?