Originally Posted by supertallchaser
not the best idea aha
Why wouldn't it be a good idea? The Hampton Roads Tide light rail, from what I've read, is already exceeding ridership forecasts. This would provide a seemless connection to Virginia Beach from the Amtrak, making Virginia Beach far more convenient for weekend visitors from DC and Northern Virginia. Additionally, private sector firms have shown interest in building this infrastructure as a public/private partnership arrangement.
Finally, in DC, there is hundred of millions of dollars of development around most of our metro-rail stations. Passenger rail, including light rail, is a very effective economic catalyst.