Virginia Beach ‘life after light rail’ meeting invites public to discuss transportation alternatives

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A public meeting for the future of public transportation in Virginia Beach will be held Tuesday. (Judah Taylor)
A public meeting for the future of public transportation in Virginia Beach will be held Tuesday. (File photo)

Nearly three months after the light rail referendum failed in Virginia Beach, an increase in bus service, creating bike and pedestrian walkways and even exploring autonomous vehicles are possible alternatives to expanding transit in the city, but city officials want to hear from its constituents before broaching transportation goals at city council’s February retreat.

The public is invited to a community meeting regarding public transportation at Virginia Beach City Council’s chambers, 2401 Courthouse Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 31. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. and is free for the public to attend.

City council began to weigh in on the future of public transit at its meeting Jan. 17.

This is an opportunity for the public to give their opinions on future public transportation plans in the city, according to city manager Dave Hansen’s latest city update.

Can’t attend the meeting? It will be live streamed on the city’s Facebook page, website, Cox cable channel 48 and Verizon cable channel 45.