Today the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR), the governing body of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), held it's first meeting with new Chairman Jim Wood at the gavel.
At the outset there was a Public Hearing on three condemnations for construction easements needed in building Norfolk light rail. There were no speakers. (Later the TDCHR unanimously authorized the condemnations.)
Previous Chair Grace Routten of Hampton was recognized for her years of service, not only as Chair but her other work as well.
The TDCHR enacted their new By-Laws with one amendment: Routten moved to have the ADA Committee kept at 21 members rather than the proposed 14.
HRT's procurement policy was changed, bringing it in line with that used by the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk. The prior policy had led to light rail delays and cost increases.
Please note, "choo-choo to nowhere" bashers: Change Orders were approved reducing Norfolk light rail's costs by over $545,000.
More good fiscal news: HRT finished FY 2009 about $990,000 under budget. The figures remain to be audited.
Due to further eminent domain hearings, the August 27 TDCHR meeting will be in Norfolk (rather than originally-scheduled Hampton). In turn, both the September and October meetings will be in Hampton.