Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Draft Regional Transit Vision Plan Meeting In Norfolk

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?


thesh00ter said...

yeah the first group was great
the "crazy driver" is cool dude. sry i split like that but that gentlemen i asked u if u knew was gonna ruin the rest of my evening if i didn't get out of there (lol)

it was a pleasure meeting you and Russell. Hope to see u again

Anonymous said...

Perhaps a question that should have been asked was how and who should pay for "public" transit?

thesh00ter said...

your treat : )

Avenging Archangel said...

It will be paid for in a manner similiar to every other major metropolitan area in the U.S.

Anonymous said...

There in lies the problem Henry.

It's easy to advocate something you don't have to pay for.

Avenging Archangel said...

You mean like the tax cuts the VBTA advocates for? Yes, they want a tax cut, while never detailing how they'd cover the budget hole.

On mass transit:

1. Roads don't pay for themsleves. To do so you'd have to go to a steep mileage tax.

2. Anyone can use mass transit, so you're not robbing Peter to pay Paul.

3. Even if you don't use mass transit, you benefit from fewer cars being on the road.