Peninsula Corridor Study

StudyArea_HRTPeninsula_webIn March 2016, Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), in partnership with the cities of Hampton and Newport News, initiated the Peninsula Corridor Study to define potential alignment(s), a preferred transit technology, potential funding and an implementation phasing for high capacity transit on the Peninsula. The results of this 18-month study will define dedicated transit connections between existing and future activity centers in Hampton and Newport News. Further, the Peninsula Corridor Study is proposed to connect the Peninsula cities to the Southside through the VDOT’s Third Harbor Crossing of I-64 or I-664 in a growing network of high capacity transit for the Hampton Roads. This regionally significant project will be closely coordinated with elected officials, residents, agency and city staff, and business and community members in each jurisdiction to ensure that the study results accurately reflect the vision and growth for the Peninsula.


Frequently Asked Questions

Join the conversation

Although the second round of public workshops has ended, we still want to hear from you. Please review the materials from the October 2016 public workshops:

Other Ways to Get Involved

  • Request a study briefing for your community group or business. HRT, Hampton, Newport News and the study team will conduct focus group meetings and briefings throughout the course of the study.
  • Stop by a pop-up session. Look for HRT and the study team at community events, schools and busy activity centers (e.g., transit transfer stations, the beach in summer, universities, festivals, farmers markets, church events, elementary, middle, and high schools, etc.).

What is Purpose and Need?

The first step in the study process is to establish the Purpose and Need for an investment in a high capacity transit corridor as well as overall transit improvements. This Purpose and Need will serve as the basis for defining and evaluating potential transit alternatives and identifying the transportation challenges on the Peninsula. It was developed using input from citizens, city and agency staff, local elected officials, and community and business leaders. The Purpose and Need of the Peninsula Corridor Study is to identify high capacity transit improvements that:

  • Provide reliable, frequent and efficient travel choices in the Peninsula, connecting existing and planned activity centers.
  • Support regional growth and promote concentrated transit-oriented development in accordance with City of Hampton and City of Newport News land use plans.
  • Help to mitigate increases in traffic congestion associated with growth by providing a wider range of mobility options.
  • Contribute to a desirable place to live and work, both supporting existing and attracting new Peninsula residents including students, young professionals, and those who desire to age-in-place.
  • Develop qualitative and quantitative data so that the future project(s) can effectively compete for federal transit funding.

What is high capacity transit?

brtHigh capacity transit refers to transit operating in a designated corridor. The transit vehicle can be a streetcar or light rail where the guideway is the track. Or, it can be a bus or bus rapid transit (BRT) system, where the guideway can range from a designated lane on an existing roadway to a separate roadway for buses only.

High capacity transit generally incorporates a number of features to make transit more convenient and reliable including:

  • A Fixed Guideway – Dedicated corridor such as a track, lane or roadway free of any conflicts that provides consistent and reliable operating speeds
  • Stations – They generally provide level boarding to minimize boarding times and improve accessibility and passenger comfort
  • Vehicles – Designed for improved passenger boarding and provides additional passenger capacity
  • Fare Collection – Proof-of-payment fare policies, off-board fare collection, or cashless fare media for increased passenger convenience
  • Information Systems – Can improve travel times, reliability, and safety and security
  • Branding – Establishes a unique system identity and conveys a positive image of the transit system

The Peninsula Corridor Study will evaluate alternative corridors and design configurations to identify optimal placement of the guideway within in each corridor, the appropriate transit vehicle, and the system features that can be incorporated in this system.

See the NNTV video Planning the Future.

Contact Information

Samantha A. Sink, AICP
Transit Development Planner
Hampton Roads Transit
509 E. 18th St. – Bldg 4
Norfolk, VA 23504
p: (757) 222-6000 x 6261
Keith Cannady
City of Hampton
Bryan Stilley
City of Newport News
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