HRT Offers Solutions for Downtown Parking

What makes Norfolk great today is also what could make parking downtown trickier.

The growing list of attractions that now includes Waterside District are boosting Norfolk’s popularity and challenging the notion that free parking is always plentiful. Fortunately, Hampton Roads Transit offers bus, ferry and light rail service to most downtown locations, good reasons to leave your car at home. Bus Routes: 6, 8, 45, 960, 961, the Elizabeth River Ferry and The Tide light rail all connect to destinations in Norfolk’s thriving downtown.

“HRT provides excellent options,” says Glenn Sutch, President of Waterside District. “Transit is a great option for many of Waterside’s 800 plus new employees. Staff can use the light rail park-and-ride locations, and they don’t have to find a space downtown and pay for parking. Others will use the “park and sail” in Portsmouth.

“They will avoid tolls and ride the ferry instead,” he added. “It’s a win-win.”

Anywhere HRT travels, trips are just $1.75 each way. Parking is free at any park-and-ride location, and children 17 and under ride free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For those who travel regularly, HRT has agreements with some businesses through its GoPass365 program. Participating employers pay a set contract amount to HRT, and employees then get a transit pass good for unlimited rides. Program participants include Eastern Virginia Medical School, U.S. Coast Guard, Old Dominion University and Newport News Shipbuilding.

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