Thursday, November 18, 2010

TDCHR November 18, 2010

The Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR), the governing board of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) met this afternoon. With the earlier meeting (due to Thanksgiving), the October books hadn't been closed out yet. Therefore, the October financial report will be presented at the December meeting. Having met just three weeks ago, it was a short (about 45 minute) meeting.

Amy Inman of DRPT gave the TDCHR her Presentation on the Transit Vision Plan, essentially the same thing she showed the TPO yesterday morning. While DRPT excluded some specifics of the Virginia Beach alignment given the ongoing study, Inman did state that Virginia Beach's land use was "very supportive of rapid transit".

While acting CFO David Sullivan was out having dental work, it was reported that HRT paid off the balance on it's Line of Credit this morning.

According to TDCHR Chairman Paul Riddick, the Executive Committee is assembling a package of what they're looking for in a CEO.

There were two contract extensions on Norfolk light rail. Both were $40,000 each and within the $338 million Cost To Complete figure.

Chairman Riddick named Commissioner Pat Woodbury of Newport News and Commissioner Cliff Hayes of Chesapeake to organize a TDCHR Retreat in April, 2011.

Finally, Sharon Foster was awarded the HRT President's Coin, only the fourth employee in agency history to receive the prestigious honor. Sharon has overseen the awarding of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contracts on Norfolk light rail. DBEs got 21.5% of the work, ahead of the goal, with most Virginia firms. The fun part: Foster was asked to attend the meeting on the premise that the Commission had questions about the program, only to be surprised with the big gong.

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