NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Along with affecting many federal workers, the government shutdown has also forced engineers to stop studying plans to extend the Tide.
Hampton Roads Transit's CEO told WAVY.com the two studies on the table to extend Light Rail to Virginia Beach and Naval Station Norfolk are funded in part by the federal government. In fact, 23 percent of HRT's operating funds are from federal sources.
Now, those studies -- the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study and the Origin and Destination Survey -- can't continue until HRT knows the money to pay for the studies will come through.
“The interruption of these important services is a necessary precaution until the shutdown is resolved by Congress,” said William Harrell, HRT’s president and CEO. “HRT must be careful not to incur obligations that are funded by federal sources if those funds are delayed.”
The Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study, however, is most likely not going to be affected by the shutdown because HRT needs to finish it to complete the Environmental Impact Statement.
HRT also said it is reviewing all its operations to see if other services will be impacted as a result of the shutdown.
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