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Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - The City of Virginia Beach is looking at ways for folks to get to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge that don't necessarily involve use of private cars.

The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Alternative Transportation Study is a $449,000 grant Virginia Beach received from the Federal Transit Administration.

You can learn more about the Alternative Transportation Study here.

Among the alternatives being considered are extending tram service to remote parking areas, building the Back Bay Refuge Trail and improving water access with more canoe and kayak launch sites.

"Both to reduce the carbon footprint and alleviate some of the traffic on the roads and just get people out to the refuge in other ways," Refuge Manager Doug Brewer told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo.

The City will host a public meeting on Thursday, August 7 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Red Mill Elementary School.