Earlier today TBA briefed the governing body of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) in support of the South Hampton Roads Trail (SHRT). The board is made up of all of the mayors, county board of supervisors chairs, local delegates, VDOT, HRT and local members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).
In his remarks TBA president Bruce Drees noted the 13 miles of shovel ready rail-to-trail conversion in Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk, stating that "...it could be built today if funding were available."
Bruce also discussed the opportunities and economic benefits of a light rail with trail system in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, which would form the eastern end of the SHRT. Based upon a April 3rd fact finding trip to Charlotte, NC that TBA funded for officials from these two cities as well as HRTPO, he made note of $1.45B in new private investment that Charlotte has benefited from, of which the station access paths were significant components.
TBA is optimistic that through such appeals, we can get the South Hampton Roads Trail up and running sooner, making active transportation a viable option for many more of our residents than exists today.