Proposed Station Locations & Designs
In April, HRT shared proposed Virginia Beach station locations and designs. Click here to review the presentation.
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Private Proposals to Extend Light Rail
Review the three private proposals received by the city to extend the light rail into Virginia Beach.
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New Cost and Ridership Estimates
On Sept. 17, 2013, HRT shared new cost and ridership estimates for extending The Tide into Virginia Beach with City Council.
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Two More Private Light Rail Proposals Received
On October 21, 2013, the city received two additional private conceptual proposals for extending The Tide light rail line to Virginia Beach - one from Parsons Construction Group, Inc. of Norfolk, the other from American Maglev Technology of Marietta, GA. Together with the Skanska/AECom/Shucet proposal received on April 2, this brings the total number of proposals to three.
On Nov. 12, the City Council accepted the two newest proposals for further review, along with the Skanska proposal. A city staff review team and consultants will evaluate the proposals over the next several months.
Meanwhile, the Hampton Roads Transit study of options for extending mass transit into Virginia Beach will continue. A progress report is expected in January.
To read the Nov. 12 City Council presentation that provides details from all three private proposals, CLICK HERE.
Virginia Beach Accepts for Further Review Unsolicited Private Proposal to Extend The Tide Light Rail to Rosemont Road; Invites Competing Proposals
On April 2, 2013, the city received an unsolicited proposal from a consortium of private companies to extend light rail into Virginia Beach. The concept outlines a plan for running The Tide from Newtown Road in Norfolk to Rosemont Road in Virginia Beach, a distance of 5.2 miles.
View the City Council's June 11, 2013 resolution accepting the unsolicited proposal and inviting competing proposals
Voters Say Yes to Light Rail Referendum
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 62.7% of Virginia Beach voters voted yes on an advisory referendum, providing
City Council with their current level of interest in pursuing light rail in Virginia Beach.
- November 2013 – Cost information for the Hilltop alignment and impact analysis for all alignments
- December 2013 – Draft Environmental Impact Statement submitted to the Federal Transit Administration
- February 2014 – Public hearings
- Approximately Spring 2014 – City Council votes on a locally preferred alternative