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Changing Tack In Hampton Roads: Executive Summary

Changing Tack In Hampton Roads: Executive Summary

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Published by Jonathan D. Hammond
A 2-page executive summary of my transit plan for southeastern Virginia, also available on Scribd.
A 2-page executive summary of my transit plan for southeastern Virginia, also available on Scribd.

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Published by: Jonathan D. Hammond on Feb 26, 2014
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The following is the executive summary of a 29-page analysis of transportation issues in southeastern Virginia (the Hampton Roads region, or Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Williamsburg, VA-NC MSA). The full report is available online at
. (It has been featured on Scribd as a special selection, receiving over 7000 views.)
Let us momentarily re-examine the 2003 transportation referendum and its $7.7 billion tax levy, or rather, its individual parts and estimated costs after inflation:
 
The “Third Crossing” of Hampton Roads (estimated cost: $3.1 billion)
 
 
Extension of the Martin Luther King Freeway and a second Midtown Tunnel tube (estimated cost: $910 million)
 
Southeastern Parkway and Greenbelt (estimated cost: $1.4 billion)
 
Upgrade of US 460 to federal Interstate standards in western Tidewater (estimated cost: $1.0 billion)
 
I-64 widening in Newport News, James City County, and York County (estimated cost: $1.47 billion)
 
Unspecified transit improvements: $200 million Here we see not only approximately a mere 2.6% of funds dedicated to transit, but over $4.5 billion (half of the estimated cost of the projects) dedicated to the Third Crossing and Southeastern Parkway, both of these controversial and arguably unnecessary projects. Beyond this, VDOT claims to have procured funding for U.S. 460 improvements from outside sources, so the $1 billion dedicated to this project after inflation may be rendered moot. Eliminating these projects from consideration, we will therefore have a hypothetical $5.5 billion to reallocate to alternative projects, allowing us to create an alternative $7.7 billion proposal (of which nearly a quarter is spent on transit):
 
Third reversible high-occupancy/toll tube on Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (estimated cost: $1.1 billion)
 
Extension of the Martin Luther King Freeway and a second Midtown Tunnel tube (estimated cost: $910 million)
 
Automated mass transit line between Naval Station Norfolk and Virginia Beach resort area via downtown Norfolk and Pembroke Town Center (estimated cost: $1.2 billion)
 
Improved ferry, hovercraft and water-taxi service across Hampton Roads (estimated initial costs: $250 million)
 
Urban DMU (EMU-convertible) passenger rail service on Peninsula (estimated cost: $200 million)
 
I-64 widening between Jefferson Avenue in Newport News and Richmond International Airport (estimated cost: $2.5 billion)
 
Conversion of I-64 HOV lanes to busway and HOT lanes (estimated cost: $40 million)
 
Improvements to Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach (estimated cost: $250 million)
 
Improvements to intercity rail, introduction of Norfolk-Suffolk-Petersburg-Richmond high-speed rail service (estimated cost: $225 million)
 
Feasibility studies for: future rail improvements, NAS Oceana contingency and/or re-development policies, I-44 proposal to North Carolina border, etc. (estimated cost: $35 million)
 
Transportation trust fund (approximately $1 billion)

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