Thursday, August 27, 2009

TDCHR August 27, 2009

This afternoon the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR), the governing board of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), held it's August meeting.

HRT was forced to seek easements for Norfolk light rail. No speakers showed up for the eminent domain Public Hearing, and the Resolution to condemn unanimously passed.

The demand for paratransit in Hampton Roads continues to grow. There were 106 interviews for Handiride service in June, 130 interviews in July.

Overall ridership on HRT in FY 2009 was up 1.9%. Commuter services surged, growing 20%.

There was a slight Budget shortfall in July due to HRT operating under the previous diesel fuel contract, which was at a higher price. The new contract will correct the situation and leave HRT in the black.

Southside Operations and Maintenance will move to the former Ford plant on the weekend of October 23. That will be a temporary home while a new facility is built at 18th Street, to replace the current former streetcar base, which is over a century old and woefully inadequate.

The TDCHR's Executive Committee has drafted a Legislative Package for 2010, which will go to the full TDCHR at it's September meeting.

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