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Virginia Beach light rail supporters form PAC

Friday - 7/6/2012, 3:29am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Advocates of extending light rail into Virginia Beach have formed a political action committee.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Move Hampton Roads will raise money ahead of a November referendum that will ask residents if they want to explore the idea of a light rail system. Virginia Beach voters rejected light rail in a 1999 referendum.

William Harrison, an attorney helping with the effort, said the group has commitments for about $300,000.

The group reported its first large contribution, $25,000 from TowneBank, on Thursday. Mayor Will Sessoms, a light rail supporter, heads a unit of TowneBank but he said the contribution wasn't his idea.

Sessoms said if the referendum passes, it doesn't mean light rail will come to Virginia Beach. He said that would depend largely on federal funding.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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