Thursday, March 26, 2009

TPPC March 26, 2009

The Transportation, Parking, and Pedestrian Committee (TPPC) of Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) met this morning.

The opening order of business was a discussion of charter buses loading and unloading on Atlantic Avenue. With a consensus building, CCO RAC representative Henry Ryto moved to send the measure for needed study. His motion was to remand the preferred options to Traffic Engineering and the Virginia Beach Police Department for study and comment, and to send to Traffic Engineering the preferred long-term solution for study. The motion passed unanimously.

Resort Administrator Mike Eason briefed the TPPC on changes that City Council had made to Resort parking on Tuesday. First, parking meters were hiked from 75 cents per hour to $1 hour. The new electronic meters at the Oceanfront can be reprogrammed with the change; the previous meters would have had to have been replaced to do it. Second, both Eason and Council Liaison John Uhrin emphasized $1 parking for residents after 5 P.M. remains, even as free parking on Wednesdays was eliminated. Third, parking fees will remain in place in October given the proliferation of events during that month.

Finally, the TPPC approved a proposal to conduct a pilot program for pedicabs travelling along the Boardwalk's bike path.

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