VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Beach City Council was briefed Tuesday on a private proposal cutting down costs of extending light rail five miles past Newtown Road.
The new proposal would call for stops at Witchduck Road, Independence Boulevard and Rosemont Road, and would include park and ride lots at the Witchduck and Rosemont stops.
The expansion, submitted by former HRT leader Philip Shucet earlier this month, would have light rail running to the Beach by November 2016.
"The next steps are the council has to decide to accept the proposal and if we accept it, what amount of time we're going to allow for competitive proposals to come in," Beach councilman Jim Wood told WAVY.com.
Light rail rider Mary Ames lives in Virginia Beach and says extending the Tide would be fantastic.
"It's time saving, gas saving... it's just wonderful," Ames said.
City council will hold a public comment session April 23 on this private proposal.
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