- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A light rail extension could be coming to Virginia Beach pending federal approval.

The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1QHWgwA ) reports the Virginia Beach city council voted 9-2 Tuesday night in support of extending a light rail to Town Center. In a separate vote, the council adopted a city budget which would include $20 million for the project.

With the vote, Hampton Roads Transit will finalize a study on the project, focusing on extending The Tide rail line from Newton Road to Town Center. State Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne says the extension to the state’s most populous city is essential for continued economic prosperity and an enhanced quality of life for city residents.

Councilman John Moss voted against it saying the project will be costly, will not reduce congestion, energy consumption or pollution.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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