After I submitted my rather tongue-in-cheek comment to them via their feedback form, I actually got a rather interesting response. This was separate from my previous blog rant about this whole mess.
And dutifully, I replied to her reply with the following nonsense…
I've lived here for 45 years. 30 in Hampton, 5 in NN and 10 yrs in VB. I'm aware of all those phases. That was kind of my point. We seem to study things to death but by the time any action is taken, it is based on outdated parameters. Essentially, everything from 1996 to 2009 has been "phase 1".
I would just like to see something actually constructed. Even a ground clearing would be hopeful. I commute daily from VB to downtown Newport News. The only viable option is driving. HRT Max service doesn't go there from Independence (Silver Leaf terminal) so it is useless.
Sorry if I sound angry. I'm not angry at you. I'm just really tired of sitting in stopped traffic every day. It's sucking the life out of me. If a light rail system opens in my lifetime, I will be the first to ride it. But it sounds like it will only get me from Norfolk to the VB oceanfront. Oh well.
I hope you have a nice day. Take care!
Ultimately, she is right that “Virginia Beach took the city out of the study”. We have a population of people that love to bitch and complain, but say “no!” to any “solution” offered, no matter what it is. They just want Zorlog the Wizard to float down on a magic (hybrid-powered) flying carpet, toke from a giant gem-encrusted bong, and wave a crystal-tipped wand … and …. WoooooooossssSSSHHHHHHH!!!! Traffic flows and never backs up ever ever again. Forever and ever. Nevermore. And so on.
If only I had a trillion dollars.