The Transportation, Parking, and Pedestrian Committee (TPPC) of Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) met this morning.
Keith Johnson of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) gave a Briefing on seasonal VBWave service, which begins tomorrow. Changes for 2009:
1. An additional vehicle will go into service at Noon to help with the lunch rush. The full night rotation will run 5:15-9 P.M.
2. Route 31 won't loop into the Virginia Aquarium or Ocean Breeze in early morning or late night due to low ridership at those times. The 31 will continue to be operated by the old red trolleys.
3. The hours saved from the 31 will be applied to Route 32. There will be one earlier trip and one later trip to Lynnhaven Mall this year.
It had been hoped to have 10 trolleys painted in a blue scheme similar to the hybrids for the season to help visitors realize the new hybrids serve the same function as the old trolleys. However, funding cuts mean the 2nd one is now being painted. There will be an attempt to find money to paint more.
The TPPC discussed surreys in the Resort Area. While the number had been previously capped by the City, developments suggest there will be a decline in numbers in the near future.
Finally, CCO RAC representative Henry Ryto brought to the TPPC's attention planned service cuts on HRT's Route 960. That MAX route is the one that brings workers to the Resort Area. If HRT Staff's proposal was implemented, there would be no weekend service 8 months of the year. That would inhibit Resort businesses in staffing their workplaces.