I love reading letters from our City leaders that take a stand (that’s good for our region) and take on any bureaucrat that stands in our way of progress!
I’ve had the pleasure this morning of reading a letter written by Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim to VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley regarding the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel expansion draft environmental impact statement.
Patriot’s Crossing vs. HRBT Expansion
It’s very evident that Mayor Fraim has the best interests of our City in mind during his scolding of VDOT for carrying through with studies on such a horrific project. To summarize the letter, our City has taken the stance of favoring a “Patriot’s / Third Crossing as the superior option for improving connectivity between Southside Hampton Roads and the Peninsula.”
Addressing Light Rail
Mayor Fraim goes on to say, “With the recent opening and success of the TIDE light rail system in Norfolk, Hampton Roads is moving to a more balanced transportation network. The City of Virginia Beach is actively pursuing an extension of light rail in that city and new studies of options to extend the existing TIDE light rail system north to the Norfolk Naval Base are now being initiated. The City of Newport News has in the past also developed concepts for light rail transit for portions of their community. Therefore, no new full transportation connection between the Southside and Peninsula in Hampton Roads should be considered without inclusion of a multimodal component to provide an option to link these systems as they come online. Such a connection has been an integral part of the Third Crossing proposal since its inception, while no such similar link is included any of the HRBT concepts given its remoteness from the densities in employment that would support an investment in fixed gateway transit.”
Full letter including attachments: Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim Submits Remarks to VDOT Commissioner Regarding HRBT Expansion