Route options to extend light rail to Naval Station Norfolk narrowed down

After completing phase one of the Westside Transit Study and sorting through 14 routes options, Hampton Roads Transit leaders presented the final two alternatives to Norfolk residents to extend the light rail to Naval Station Norfolk.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- After completing phase one of the Westside Transit Study and sorting through 14 routes options, Hampton Roads Transit leaders presented the final two alternatives to Norfolk residents to extend the light rail to Naval Station Norfolk.

About 40 people attended the meeting in Ocean View. Some liked the direction this is going.

"I do like the options that they presented. I think they really took into consideration the factors that are unique to Hampton Roads and Norfolk, specifically," said Megan Gribble, a Virginia Beach resident at the meeting.

She believes all involved have put a lot of thought into the plans.

Between alternative 7 and 12, she prefers the first.

Route 7 would travel mostly down Hampton Boulevard, all the way to the Navy base. Route 12's plan shows it going down Church and Granby Streets.

"I like number 7 because it hits ODU and it definitely would help the student body travel off campus more than the current bus routes," said Gribble.

But, Norfolk resident, William Carroll, didn't like either route.

"I'm not really feeling the plans like that. I think Norfolk can come up with a better system. As I look at it now, I wouldn't take it," said Carroll.

The plans are both set on the west side of Norfolk, and Carroll thinks the routes should be on the east side, where he feels stops in between are more appealing.

"The airport, the new outlet mall, it offers a better connection to me for ridership," he said.

City leaders hope to pick one route by Spring 2018. Until then, they will move to phase two, which will take a more in-depth look at the alternatives, including preliminary ridership costs, and environmental concerns.

There is another meeting Thursday night at the Huntersville Community Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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