The Bayfront Shuttle is Back – Route 35 to Serve More Places, Including Rudee Inlet

The Route 35 Bayfront Shuttle returns May 20 with service to Virginia Beach’s popular Rudee Inlet, more service along Shore Drive, and first-time connections to the Pleasure House Road transfer area.

The 2018 version of the Bayfront Shuttle will serve the same locations it did last year but also connect to Routes 1, 22, 27 and 29 at Pleasure House. The service to Rudee allows customers to skip driving and the challenging summer parking found at Rudee and still enjoy the marinas, amazing seafood restaurants, and a variety of aquatic adventures.

The route will also have 30-minute frequency allowing for a more seamless schedule.

“The Bayfront Advisory Commission and Resort Advisory Commission, City Council-appointed representatives of the Bayfront and Oceanfront businesses and neighborhoods, continue to support improving the connectivity of our residents and visitors to a variety of restaurants and cultural and recreation experiences along the way,” said Brian Solis, Virginia Beach Transportation Planning Manager. “We’re confident that 2018 is going to be a very successful season.”

Last summer the shuttle took customers from Arctic Avenue and 19th Street to Shore Drive and Vista Circle with a stop at First Landing State Park on its inaugural “test” season. Other destinations included North End beaches, Chesapeake Bay beaches, and bay front restaurants on Shore Drive and Vista Circle. The route ran approximately every 45 minutes.

Prior to the introduction of this route in 2017, the Shore Drive community multiple buses to reach the Oceanfront, if they tried at all, so the Bayfront Community was in favor of this new route and is welcoming its return.

“Having this service for our park visitors provides an opportunity to enjoy the oceanfront as well as the restaurants and businesses along Shore Drive without having to deal with the traffic and parking issues experienced during the summer months,” said Bruce Widener, park manager at First Landing State Park. “This is a great service that can be used to promote the park and the city.”

The shuttle will cost $2 per ride. Youth 17 and under ride free with a fare-paying adult. Discounted fare of $1 is available for customers age 65 and over.  Medicare cardholders and persons with disabilities (must have HRT discounted Fare ID).

When boarding the bus without a farecard, exact change is necessary as the operator cannot make change.

For more information about HRT services visit, www.gohrt.com.

Alisa Crider
Public Relations Coordinator, Hampton Roads Transit