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Old March 22nd, 2009, 01:49 AM   #21
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Thanks greg. Siemens is supposed to deliver the first S70 in june from what i've heard.
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Old April 24th, 2009, 06:37 AM   #22
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The EIS contract was awarded today to extend the tide on both ends. Both extentions would add up to 20 more miles to the 7.4 mile starter line.

Heres the article.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 05:02 AM   #23
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Wooh! Here is a pic of one of our vehicles under construction!!! Ohh i cannot wait until next year!!!



We are also getting the 20 mile extension underway too!!!!!



heres another pic thats been lying around for a few days. It's construction on the LR bridge parallel to brambleton ave over the hauge.

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Old May 4th, 2009, 12:19 AM   #24
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Nice!
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Old July 6th, 2009, 01:45 AM   #25
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Old July 19th, 2011, 02:37 AM   #26
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HAMPTON ROADS | Public Transport





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Old July 19th, 2011, 04:47 AM   #27
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Hey, my hometown (Newport News).

First picture: Virginia Beach is REALLY dragging its feet in getting on board with light rail (NIMBYism is pretty strong there). I would think that they would be more gung-ho, seeing as how they're the largest city in Virginia, arguably one of the biggest tourist draws, and extremely congested due to its sprawly nature. There are plans to reshape the city, though, and rail factors in.

Looking at the second picture, the only way that rail gets built across Hampton Roads (the body of water) is if/when they finally get to constructing the Third Crossing, which is supposed to be a multimodal facility.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 04:55 AM   #28
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Old July 19th, 2011, 05:04 AM   #29
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When I was in downtown Norfolk in April, I was really impressed with the light rail. Very aesthetically pleasing and looks like it will be functional soon. I was also impressed with the new fleet of buses running in VA Beach. Dark blue hybrids I believe? Anyways, looked nice. Now, light rail through all of Hampton Roads should be next The area is perfect for that imo.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 12:14 AM   #30
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As I look at that map, though, I can't help but think that the military bases in the area are potentially grossly under-served by rail. No small omission, as the military is still the area's largest employer.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 07:14 PM   #31
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As I look at that map, though, I can't help but think that the military bases in the area are potentially grossly under-served by rail. No small omission, as the military is still the area's largest employer.
There are plans to build a spur rail line to the Naval Base, however I believe an extension of the current line to the Virginia Beach oceanfront has the highest priority by HRT.
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 06:28 AM   #32
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There are plans to build a spur rail line to the Naval Base, however I believe an extension of the current line to the Virginia Beach oceanfront has the highest priority by HRT.
That's just one base though. And as I looked back at the vision plan, there was provision for that Virginia Beach line to stop at Oceana. So I missed that one the first time.

However, with regards to the LRT on the Peninsula, Fort Eustis and Langley AFB, the main Army and Air Force bases in the area, get nothing in the way of rail.

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Old August 13th, 2011, 11:07 PM   #33
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The Norfolk light rail line opens next Friday, August 19. The public will be able to ride for free until Monday, August 22.
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Old August 14th, 2011, 11:14 AM   #34
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I was in Virginia Beach in June 1991 for a couple of nights. I can't remember what it was all about but there hundreds of college girls there for the weekend. I needed a lot if rest after those few days.

Anyway, will the line go down the main street along the shore?
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Old August 14th, 2011, 11:51 AM   #35
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I was in Virginia Beach in June 1991 for a couple of nights. I can't remember what it was all about but there hundreds of college girls there for the weekend. I needed a lot if rest after those few days.

Anyway, will the line go down the main street along the shore?
The initial line will be located completely inside the city limits of Norfolk, although there are plans to extend the line to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Supposedly the mayor of Virginia Beach bought the tracks from Norfolk Southern for the future light rail extension already.

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Old August 15th, 2011, 02:17 AM   #36
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Correct.

However, to further answer the question, I haven't seen any plans for light rail to go up and down the Oceanfront along Atlantic/Pacific Ave. VB Wave (somewhat of a trolleybus service) will for the moment continue to serve that area.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 03:43 AM   #37
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The following are some photos I took on the morning of the first day of service on Friday, August 19.


I arrived at the EVMC/Fort Norfolk Station at the western terminus a little before 6:00 AM.


For the first few days of operations, no fare will be charged, so we will have to wait to find out how the ticket machines work.


The first train arrived at 6:00, right on time. There already were passengers on board. The trains had stopped for passengers on their way out from the maintenance facility.


The film crew from a local TV station boarded the train at EVMC/Fort Norfolk Station.


There were enough seats for everyone.


Bikes are welcome, but the stands prevent passengers from using the seats nearest the doors.


The view over the driver's head approaching the Interstate and Harbor Park.


The eastern terminus at Newtown Road.


Lots of buttons.


The passengers reshuffled seats for the return trip.


Crossing Broad Creek.


The street crossings east of Harbor Park are protected with crossing gates. What looks like light fog is actually smoke from a large wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp.


The maintenance facility. I believe five of the seven trains were in service.


Passing an eastbound train on the incline for the viaduct near Norfolk State University.


The only station on the viaduct is for Norfolk State University. Traffic on the Interstate is visible from this section of the line. The trains never quite reach the speed of the cars.


The Elizabeth River is visible near Harbor Park. Both draw spans for the Norfolk Southern line are raised.


Winding around on city streets near Scope and Chrysler Hall.


Mixing with motor vehicle traffic on the streets of downtown Norfolk.


Passing an eastbound train in downtown Norfolk.


Our train arrives back at EVMC/Fort Norfolk Station just before 7:00.


An eastbound train.


The eastbound train approaching PETA.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 03:46 AM   #38
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My Ride on The Tide

I had the pleasure of riding The Tide today. Very satisfied with the ride overall and hope to ride it again when I'm in that part of town. I thought there'd be a lot of fuss over the crowded trains and long waits, but there really wasn't. I guess everyone had an idea of what they were going to be in store for on opening weekend. Put a free ride out there (for now) on a shiny new way of getting around town and people will ride it en masse around here

Since public interest The Tide has been so high, HRT decided to extend the free ride period till next week. So, catch a free ride on The Tide while you can folks!

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Old August 21st, 2011, 03:59 AM   #39
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Good pics, people.

Hope this line does well... it's gonna be a pretty significant gauge for further development of the system.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 08:57 AM   #40
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Congrats to the residents of the Hampton Roads area on your first LRT line!
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