The Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR), the governing body of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), held it's July meeting this afternoon. It was Paul Riddick's first meeting at the gavel.
Tentatively HRT finished FY 2010 $772,348 under Budget. I say "tentatively" in that the figures are unaudited and there are still a couple invoices to be dealt with. The big cutter of the surplus: the buyout of Michael Townes retirement package, virtually all of which had to be counted in June.
In more good news, HRT has discovered and documented why the three rail crossings in Norfolk failed. They will seek "errors and omissions" from the liable parties.
A $342,900 voice recognition phone system was approved for HRT's Customer Service line. It will allow many telephone inquiries to be answered by an automated system.
The next TDCHR meeting will be August 26 in Hampton. In other notes:
1. To answer the $64,000 question, Randy Wright's replacement at the TDCHR is Barclay Winn.
2. HRT is available to give transit extension study presentations to civic groups in Virginia Beach. If your group is interested, contact HRT.
3. HRT has met with the Navy to seek answers to questions surrounding LRT in the periphery of Oceana.