HRT launches 15-minute service on Route 114
HAMPTON, VA – Starting today, customers can board Route 114, which services Downtown Hampton, Coliseum Central, Mercury Boulevard and Newmarket, every 15 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush – 6-9 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m.
The Route 114 is the second 757 Express route to begin running on more frequent headways. The Route 112, which services Newport News Shipbuilding, Riverside Regional Medical Center, the Mariner’s Museum and Patrick Henry Mall, began 15-minute service in October. It has since seen a 20% increase in ridership.
“We have heard from our customers their desire for higher frequency service, and are pleased to begin providing that. We know that more frequent service gives customers greater flexibility in using transit.”
–William E. Harrell, Hampton Roads Transit President and CEO
Routes 112 and 114 are both part of the 757 Express, a planned network of 13 regional, high-frequency, express and limited stop bus routes connecting commuters to major employment destinations in Hampton Roads. Additional routes will transition to more frequent service as HRT hires and trains more bus operators.
In addition to more frequent service, the 757 Express network also includes enhanced customer amenities. To date, HRT has installed over 100 new bus shelters along 757 Express routes. The agency’s goal is to have 620 stops with some form of passenger amenity – a shelter, bench, or a combination of the two.
Last fall, HRT introduced Real-Time Bus Info that allows transit customers to look up the location of their bus using a smartphone. Customers navigate to gohrt.com, type in the stop number located on their bus stop sign, and the system will report the next three arrival times for that route. By clicking on the route number, customers will see a map showing the exact location of their bus.