Bus service changes in Suffolk

By Amy Jeter
The Virginian-Pilot
© December 30, 2011

Hampton Roads Transit will stop providing local bus service in Suffolk at 6:30 p.m., officials said.

Two bus routes in the city will be discontinued, and Virginia Regional Transit will start service for two others on Tuesday.

There will be no bus service in Suffolk on Monday because it’s a holiday.

The change comes after Suffolk withdrew from HRT’s service area, and HRT concluded its service agreement with the city, according to a written release.

HRT had been operating four local routes and an express route in Suffolk. The express route – MAX Route 962 – will continue to serve the Magnolia Park and Ride in downtown Suffolk through June 2012.

Local routes 72 and 73 will be discontinued, and Handi-Ride customers located off those routes will not be provided service starting Tuesday.

VRT will take over service for routes 71 and 74, and provide para-transit service for Handi-Ride customers within three-quarters of a mile of those routes.

For more information about VRT’s service, call Maria Ptakowski at 757-514-7715.