757 Express Is Here
The 757 Express is envisioned as a mix of high-frequency, express and limited-stop bus services, connecting commuters to major employment destinations.
High Frequency Service
Express Bus Service
Limited-Stop Express Service
Shelters and benches play a critical role for our customers. No one likes to stand outside in the rain or cold in the dark waiting for a bus. That’s why we’re adding hundreds more shelters with benches to make the transit experience a little more pleasant. And shelters are coming with solar-powered lights for those early morning and evening trips. We’ve even contracted to expand our shelter cleaning program so we can keep these new shelters clean.
HRT is making a big investment in technology with the aim of keeping customers informed on a basic question that all transit customers ask: Where’s my bus?
- Real-Time Bus Information will allow customers to use their smart phones to learn how soon a bus will arrive at a specific stop. Open a browser to the gohrt.com home page, type your bus stop number into “My Stop”, and the system will tell you when the next bus will arrive. No more guessing or waiting any longer than necessary.
- Major Transit Centers will have airport-style display panels that will allow customers to see a readout of the system’s status.
757 Express represents such a large change for HRT’s transit profile that we will need a new operations division in Virginia Beach. Engineering designs are 30 percent complete for a new bus maintenance facility to replace the decrepit Parks Avenue building in Virginia Beach. It is over 35 years old, functionally obsolete, and severely limited to the number and types of buses that can be stored and maintained.
The new facility will accommodate year-round operations and be large enough to support the storage, maintenance, and operation of HRT’s larger fleet in addition to existing VB Wave trolley operations.
The project scope includes routine and long-term maintenance for 100 buses, up to 50% electrification capacity, with fueling, electric bus charging, revenue collection, lost and found and administrative offices.