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Shutdown suspends Norfolk base light rail study

Wednesday - 10/9/2013, 8:18am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A $1.8 million study of a proposed light rail extension to Naval Station Norfolk has been suspended because of the partial federal government shutdown.

Hampton Roads Transit president CEO William Harrell tells media outlets that the study is partially funded by the federal government.

Harrell says the transit agency is delaying another study aimed at improving transit routes for the same reason.

The light rail study began in June. It will determine whether extending The Tide to the Navy base is a better solution than expanding bus service.

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

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