Our economic vitality depends on maintaining our infrastructure. Improving traffic flow and street design are priorities for safer vehicular transit, especially in neighborhoods. I support better connectivity with an upgraded network of sidewalks, trails, and bike access. Regional bus transportation needs to be more reliable and updated with technological advancements.
- Improving traffic flow and street design are priorities for safer and more effective vehicular transit, especially to mitigate dangerous speeding in neighborhoods
- Address the nearly $2 billion in backlogged roads projects
- Better connectivity with an upgraded network of sidewalks, trails, and bike access to enhance our community
- Regional bus transportation needs to be more reliable and updated with technological advancements
As the State drastically reduced funding to localities for roadways, it is imperative that our City budgets continue to make wise decisions in allocating funding for projects. Virginia Beach currently faces nearly $2 billion in backlogged roadways projects, and investing in our infrastructure is critical to maintaining quality transportation for our residents. Maintaining our roadways is vital to our city’s economic productivity, and traffic flow within the City must be improved upon.
Neighborhood streets, on the other hand, can be better designed to cultivate a community that prioritizes the safety of families, pedestrians, and bicyclists. While traffic calming measures can be temporarily effective, we need to commit to a more comprehensive approach to mitigate dangerous speeding in our neighborhoods. I support shifting focus on creating streets for safer vehicular speed and improved walkability. Narrower neighborhood streets with simple design are less expensive to maintain and naturally slow down drivers to safer speeds.
I support the City’s vision of creating a vibrant system of parks, trails, recreational opportunities, and open space. Connecting our residents with neighborhood and community parks exemplifies the natural beauty of our City. Parks allow us to be happy and healthy. I support exploring opportunities for a better network of trails, open spaces, and sidewalks within our City and neighborhoods. The City should explore the idea of creating an urban trail system by converting the 11-mile Norfolk-Southern Right of Way. This Rails-to-Trails idea would provide a safe greenway for recreation and transportation, would stimulate small business growth in the corridor, and connect several neighborhoods.
Finally, there are improvements to our regional bus system that are desperately overdue. I will work to ensure that further implementation of our regional bus system is both a smart investment for taxpayers and is responsive to the needs of our City. Our region’s buses must be more reliable. Our regional bus system should utilize the latest technology for real-time arrival information and on-demand services in high-use areas.
I will continue to responsibly fund our transportation needs and promote better traffic flow, sidewalk and trail access, safer neighborhood streets, and more reliable bus services. Please consider donating or volunteering to show your support.