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Christening of the Elizabeth River Ferry IV

Hampton Roads Transit fired confetti cannons and broke a bottle of sparkling water across the bow railing of its new Elizabeth River ferry on Friday, July 14 to make the official acceptance of its latest vessel. The ship christening brought out dignitaries and residents from Norfolk and Portsmouth to celebrate the occasion of a new […]

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Healthy Transit Requires Strong Partners – At All Levels

Local transit agencies rely heavily on state, federal and local funding to help them maintain or make modest expansions to their bus fleets, technology systems and other physical infrastructure. Over the coming six years, state funding is projected to account for about 42 percent of HRT’s capital program. Capital grants are provided by the Virginia […]

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A Trip in Hampton Yields Improvements

On Wednesday June 28, Hampton Roads Transit hosted members of Hampton City Council, the City Manager, and key city staff for a unique event: a direct look at key bus routes in Hampton from the perspective of customers on a transit bus. Often, HRT’s city partners see routes from the abstract perspective of a planning […]

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Peninsula Corridor Study Update

The Peninsula Corridor Study is in the home stretch with only four months remaining in the 18-month study. Bus Rapid Transit has been chosen as the recommended mode to connect Hampton and Newport News. Want to weigh in? Public Meetings are being held this week to share the study recommendations with the public and to […]

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A Closer Look at Transit Funding

Bus transit services comprise roughly 80 percent of Hampton Roads Transit’s business with an estimated 43,200 boardings on an average weekday across six regional cities. With 299 buses in its inventory, HRT drivers put about 11 million miles on the agency’s collective odometers every year. Keeping the region’s transit system running smoothly is a daily […]

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A Success Story in Indianapolis

In February 2017, staff at the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization compared Hampton Roads Transit to 25 peer agencies from regions across the U.S. This month, Connect Hampton Roads checks in with leaders from one of those regions, Central Indiana. Meet Mark Fisher, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy Development for the Indy Chamber […]

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Meeting Maintenance Challenges with Fewer Dollars

Before Rebuilding After Rebuilding The challenges of meeting the transit industry’s mandate to keep equipment in a state of good repair with limited capital funding has Hampton Roads Transit thinking creatively about how to squeeze more life out of its aging fleet. HRT’s bus fleet averages 10 and a half years old, nearly four years […]

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A Proven Brand Gets Better

A surge in boardings of the Elizabeth River Ferry during the grand opening weekend of Waterside Live in early May underscored again how this important brand is critical to regional mobility. Encouraged by a weekend of free service courtesy of Elizabeth River Crossings, customers helped drive ridership to over 14,700 trips across the river. Extended […]

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HRT Wins Virginia Transit Association Outstanding Program Award

Hampton Roads Transit’s new Student Freedom Pass program was selected as the 2017 winner of the Virginia Transit Association Outstanding Program Award. HRT launched the Student Freedom Pass Pilot Program in August 2016. This new type of transit pass allows all customers 17 years old and younger to ride bus, light rail and ferry services […]

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Connecting to Naval Station Norfolk with High Capacity Transit

Click for a larger image Click for a larger image Addressing mobility concerns to Naval Station Norfolk is a vital regional interest. It is the largest naval base in the world and is the region’s largest employment center. Between 60,000 to 70,000 people may be working at the base and nearby facilities at any given […]

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