Friday, April 8, 2011
The Letter To The FTA
Above is the actual April 1 letter from Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) to the Federal Administration (FTA) seeking answers to questions raised by the FTA. Most of you have heard the story by now: a stop work order has been placed on the Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study pending the FTA's reply.
I post the actual letter in order that you can see through the disinformation spread by the opponents. There are two main points:
1. Can the Virginia Beach extension be phased?
2. If actual Norfolk ridership numbers are desired by the FTA, how long of a halt?
That's it. Nothing more. This is not a serious blow to the project.
Should there be a lengthy halt, it would give Virginia Beach time to finish Strategic Growth Area (SGA) plans along the Norfolk Southern Corridor. Rosemont is in progress, Lynnhaven will be later in 2011, and Hilltop in early 2012.