I originally planned to post this back on June 15th, but ended up losing my original draft. Unforeseen circumstances further delayed the publishing of this post.
On June 11, 2013, the city council of Virginia Beach voted unanimously in favor of allowing several private-party proposals to extend the Tide LRT to be considered. This step effectively opens the floodgates to any private party wishing to submit proposals to extend the line into Virginia Beach. During the past several months, with the state of the nation’s economy, and more transit districts tightening their budgets; proposals to expand transit have become more and more led by private groups, rather than government offices. This includes the All Aboard Florida intercity rail plan, which I will discuss in a later post.