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Mayor: State will help fund Va. Beach light rail

Thursday - 3/13/2014, 4:39pm  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms says the state has committed to help pay to bring light rail to the resort city.

Sessoms made the announcement Thursday afternoon in the annual State of the City address.

While he said Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne have committed to assist with the project, Sessoms did not provide details on how much funding the state will contribute.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1ewLZhS) that the city has been eager to move forward with the transportation system but unsure of how to pay for it. Hampton Roads Transit has estimated it would cost $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion to extend The Tide from Newtown Road to the Oceanfront.

Sessoms also announced a plan to possibly add a second runway at Norfolk International Airport.

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


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