The Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR) held it's October meeting this afternoon in Hampton.
A Presentation was given by Rear Admiral Mark Boensel, Commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. He covered the Navy's economic impact on the region ($14.69 billion directly in FY 2008), but - appropriately enough - Transportation. Boensel stated that the Navy advocates enhanced mass transit as a means of getting sailors and civilian personnel to and from their bases. Most importantly, Boensel made it clear that the United States Navy supports light rail in Hampton Roads! (Take that, VBTA: being anti-LRT is being anti-Navy!) In addition, the Navy likes The Third Crossing "in concept".
In September HRT ridership was up 6.59% over September, 2008.
HRT is $741,049 under Budget for FY 2010.
Sign that we're coming out of the recession? HRT is short 8 full-time Operators: 7 in Norfolk, 1 at Virginia Beach Base. HRT is chronically short Operators, but in recent months slots have been kept full by the poor job market.
Finally, a contract was awarded for station finishes on Norfolk's light rail line, which came in over $136,000 under budget.