NORFOLK (AP) -- Virginia Port Authority officials are planning to gather input on proposals to take over the operation of some of the state's port terminals.

The authority's board of commissioners said Tuesday that it plans to get input from customers, shippers, localities, transportation, freight forwarders and the Hampton Roads community.

The board has scheduled a public hearing on Oct. 4. It also plans to reach out to customers and stakeholders by hosting a series of listening sessions.

Board chairman Michael Quillen says the board strongly believes the evaluation process must be transparent and provide ample opportunities for input from all relevant stakeholders.

Officials are reviewing four proposals to privatize some of the port's operations. The Port of Virginia is the third-largest port on the East Coast.

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