Connect Hampton Roads is an emerging initiative with the potential to
improve how we connect people and places across Hampton Roads.

An Emerging Initiative

Through collaboration and a willingness to drive a bold new agenda forward, stakeholders across Hampton Roads can work together to finalize and implement Connect Hampton Roads. This will result in:

  • Greatly enhancing access to employment centers and other locations
  • Meeting demand for reliable transportation options
  • Supporting the region’s workforce and families
  • Helping attract and support thriving businesses

Action Items to Implement CHR

Here’s the “To Do” list:

  • Collaborate regionally, refine and finalize Connect Hampton Roads plan
  • Establish a new regional transit funding model
  • Adopt new accountability provisions for new funding and CHR plan implementation

“Strawman Proposal”

We have good data for a “strawman proposal.” This includes input from more than 14,000 participants in regional Connect Hampton Roads surveys.

We can’t wait 50 years to get this done.

Hampton Roads needs to act soon to 1. Fix what is broken or missing, and 2. Implement efficient and reliable services that strategically connect the region.

Here’s the core concept for CHR:

In 5 Years: Achieve a new core network connecting the region’s major employment, education, healthcare, and retail centers. This would include:

  • State-of-the-art technology and customer amenities
  • New, nicer buses with better frequency and reliability
  • Seamless links with other transportation providers
  • Simpler ways to pay fares and access the system
  • Study options to construct high capacity projects

In 10-15 Years: Make targeted improvements that make sense for the region.

  • Continue incremental improvements to core regional system as more riders get on board
  • Pursue high capacity transit connectors, like Bus Rapid Transit on the Peninsula and extending The Tide light rail to Naval Station Norfolk
  • Customized shuttle and circulator services in niche markets