Private: A year in review #2015

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Private: A year in review #2015

HRPTA is getting results

Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance made history in the Commonwealth of Virginia! We successfully produced the largest group ever for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Transit Day. (Intending to double our efforts for the 2016 Virginia General Assembly.) Effectively advocated elected officials on public transportation issues in the Successfully supported the passage of House Bill 1887 that addressed a major Commonwealth. decrease in public transit funding due to the expiration of capital bonds. We also opposed Senate Bill 1023 that proposes all transit funding (capital and operating) in Virginia be brought under the HB2 prioritization process that is still being worked out. The Commonwealth already has policy in place for prioritizing transit funding. This was a great experience for HRPTA and we plan to make an even larger impact in 2016.

  • Hosted a regional public forum with national guest speakers covering the success stories and principles of transit oriented development. (John Robert Smith, Tina Votaw, Glen Bottoms)
  • Partnered with Hampton Roads Transit, Virginia Transit Association and the American Public Transportation Association for national “Stand Up For Transportation Day” .
  • Directed a regional coalition Letter of Resolution to Congress urging Virginia’s elected representatives to pass a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill (MAP-21).
  • Joined forces with Virginia Beach Vision and Light Rail Now for a multi-faceted campaign to successfully advocate for and win the Virginia Beach Locally Preferred Alternative for Light Rail extension to Town Center, with necessary funding mechanisms.
  • #VoteYesOnMobility petition campaign reaching 17,000 people
  • Pro light rail video reaching 10,000 people
  • May 5th “YES” Rally on the steps of Virginia Beach City Council with media and 40
  • Shared support of a regional, transit-advocacy consultant to help push the vote
  • Helped gather more than 13,830 responses to the regional Connect Hampton Roads survey to help shape a new regional transit system supported by sustainable funding. This is the most public involvement in a regional transportation initiative in the history of Hampton Roads! supporters over the finish line Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance PO Box 11122, Norfolk, VA 23517 (757) 971-3263
  • Spearheaded the collaboration between HRPTA, two Chambers of Commerce, Mobility Matters, Future of Hampton Roads and regional stakeholders by completing the High Speed Rail Vision Plan, Service Development Plan, and service level NEPA for the Hampton Roads-Richmond-DC High Speed Rail Corridor.
  • Hosted a high-level regional forum on high-speed rail and a future southeastern mega- region between Hampton Roads and Richmond, VA. (Tom Frantz, Robbyn Gayer)
  • HRPTA organizational growth from 40 total members to 18 Directors, 80 General Members, and 20 regional member organizations. Current activity levels are opening doors and minds for this regional 501C3 transit advocacy group.

 

 

Will Christopher
President, HRPTA
Because Mobility Matters
will@willchristopherconsulting.com
757-971-3263


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