NORFOLK-- Light rail to the Peninsula could help ease traffic and transportation officials are asking for $1.9 million to study the idea.

Thursday, the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads, which is Hampton Roads Transit's governing body, is meeting to consider asking the Virginia General Assembly for the money.

'I certainly support studying this. We need to study all of this,' member Jim Wood said.

Hampton Roads Transit will request the Newport News transportation study as part of its legislative priorities for 2014. The plan will look at the costs of adding light rail, bus lanes or street cars to connect key centers like Newport News Shipbuilding, Peninsula Town Center and City Center at Oyster Point.

Wood noted HRT is already studying expanding light rail in Norfolk and Virginia Beach and he's not sure if Newport News will also make the list.

'I don't know what priority it will have right now,' he said.

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