In the wake of the troubles at the now-TPO, Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) made the decision to provide Public Comment periods at TDCHR meetings at least quarterly, with half annually on each side of the harbor. At first they were buried on the agenda under "Public Participation", where most people didn't even realize exactly what they were. As such, no one ever spoke at them.
gohrt.com has posted a list of the Public Comment periods for 2011:
1. March 24 in Norfolk
2. June 23 in Hampton
3. September 22 in Norfolk
4. December 8 in Hampton
All TDCHR meetings are on Thursdays at 1:30 P.M.
You may be interested in that March 24 meeting, as that meeting will be where the draft plan on bus service changes out of the efficiencies report will be unveiled. The hitch is that the normal agenda template would put the Public Comment session prior to the Presentation to the TDCHR on the changes. However, you'll be able to pickup a hard copy of the proposal.
My fellow bus riders, I know you have your issues. Show up at these sessions, and you have the Commission and senior Staff ready to listen to you. Three minutes maximum for comments.