VIRGINIA BEACH - As Virginia Beach explores extending light rail into the city, Hampton Roads Transit tonight holds the first of three public meetings on possible stops and park-and-ride locations.

The Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study is looking at possible locations for service, whether it's by light rail or bus rapid transit, between Newtown Road and the Oceanfront.

The meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:
-Oceanfront area: Thursday, April 18, Doubletree Hotel, main ballroom, 1900 Pavilion Dr., Virginia Beach. Bus routes 20 and 960 service this area.
-Town Center: Monday, April 22, Westin Hotel, Monarch Room, IV-V, 4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach. Local bus routes 20 and 36 service this area.
-Hilltop area: Thursday, April 25, London Bridge Baptist Church, gymnasium, 2460 Potters Road, Virginia Beach. No local bus routes service this area.

If you can't attend, you can call and leave a message on the Transit Extension Study hotline, which is 757-222-6098.

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