Things got a bit crazy on the 2nd Floor of Virginia Beach's City Hall yesterday. Councilman Bill DeSteph was on a rampage to try to kill the light rail AA/EIS process. (The VBTA gave him his marching orders?) He went off at City Manager Jim Spore and a couple of Spore's assistants. DeSteph claimed they couldn't do it, there was no authorization, etc.
The fact of the matter is that the AA/EIS process is being paid for by Federal funds allocated by the MPO for a contract to be issued by the TDCHR. Neither is City money being used nor is a City Council vote necessary.
Are DeSteph and the VBTAers delusional enough to think they have 6 votes on City Council to stop the process? Why are they afraid of a Study? Frightened that numbers will come back to justify light rail in Virginia Beach?
My take: the entire thing is a sham to try to get a Public Hearing on light rail. The VBTAers want face time on VBTV to angrily shout their anti-LRT propaganda at the cameras. Even they can't be stupid enough to believe they actually have the votes to stop it.