"But let me be clear: Going forward, we will not waver from our policy requiring localities to meet any local match requirements associated with future appropriations. It is one thing to keep a prior commitment made and received in good faith. But I do not want there to be any question about where we stand with respect to this matter in the future."
HRT Chairman and Virginia Beach City Councilman Jim Wood said, "As was promised by HRT's past president, the citizens of Virginia Beach can rest assured that the feasibility study will be funded without city dollars. HRT should be applauded for its decision today. Part of taking steps toward rebuilding public confidence requires honoring previous commitments. Now we can move forward as partners."
HRT Commissioner and Virginia Beach City Councilman John Uhrin agreed. "I'm pleased that HRT has taken this step to ensure the funds are in place to continue this important study. This goes a long way in restoring trust in the way HRT does business."