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Light rail to Naval Station Norfolk studied

Thursday - 4/11/2013, 10:20am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- An engineering firm is studying a proposed expansion of a light rail system to Naval Station Norfolk.

The study will determine whether extending The Tide to the base is a better solution than expanding bus service. It will identify potential routes.

Media outlets report Hampton Roads Transit has hired HDR Engineering to conduct the 15-month study.

The Hampton Roads Planning Commission says 80,000 vehicles enter and leave the base daily.

Hampton Roads Transit spokesman Tom Holden says the study is the first step in a years-long process to pursue federal funding to extend The Tide.

The Tide opened in Norfolk in the fall of 2011. Norfolk City Council requested the study in October 2012.

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