While the Regional Mass Transit Plan is largely a huge step forward, I do have some differences with what's in the Draft.
1. Local Bus Service - while it would still account for the majority of routes in the long term, the Plan spends little time on it. Far too little.
2. Corridor 16 - why is a ferry from Norfolk to Hampton a mid-range project, to be replaced by light rail long range? We need a transit passenger ferry across the water yesterday.
Have you ever tried taking MAX Route 961 across the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) at rush hour? Don't. When I'm in Newport News in the afternoon, I go 967 to 962 back to Norfolk to avoid the 961 getting caught in HRBT traffic.
3. Corridor 5 - did anyone bother to tell the consultants that we're studying light rail EVMS - Norfolk NOB now? They have it as a mid-range project.
4. Corridor 10 - the Plan resurrects (get this!) a Resort Area-only Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system as a mid-range project. Did they live through the 2005 fun and games? Can't we get it done with enhanced bus (rather than BRT)?
5. Corridor 17 - lays out an interesting BRT route for Virginia Beach: Newtown Road LRT Station to Salem Crossing via Princess Anne Road, then north on Lynnhaven Parkway to the Lynnhaven Parkway LRT Station. With TCC - VB just a short distance away (Virginia Beach's largest bus transfer center), why not go there?
6. No new transit in southeast Virginia Beach for the Municipal Center, Sportsplex, or the Amphitheater.