On Thursday morning the Transportation, Parking, and Pedestrian Committee (TPPC) of Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) met.
The top issue was 32nd Street. For the Laskin Gateway Project, current draft plans put the road from the Laskin Road veer off to Pacific Avenue at four lanes. Some wanting to further induce urban redevelopment in the Resort Area want three lanes and wider sidewalks. Traffic Engineering wants four lanes, plus Councilman John Uhrin expressed support for it. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided to hold a special meeting in October (since scheduled for the 15th) to cover the matter. CCO RAC representative Henry Ryto requested that the computer traffic simulation models be shown at the meeting.
The Oceanfront had four new VBWave Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) this Summer that take credit cards in addition to cash. However, preliminary figures have cash sales outpacing plastic by about a 3.5 to 1 margin.
The TPPC finally laid an issue to rest, approving new signage for the dedicated bus lanes on Atlantic Avenue. (They look nice!)
The Planning Department's Mark Schnaufer gave an update on the Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study.
Finally, the draft of the new Comprehensive Plan for Virginia Beach should be posted to the City's website during the first week of October.