Portsmouth – Today, Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Elizabeth River Ferry. More than a hundred people gathered at the North Landing Dock in Portsmouth this afternoon to mark the occasion. The Mayor of Portsmouth, Shannon Glover, Elizabeth River Crossings CEO, Anna Bonet, and Norfolk by Boat owner, David Jordan were among the guest speakers.
Ferry service has been an essential part of getting around Hampton Roads for hundreds of years. HRT is proud to play such a crucial role in continuing this time-honored tradition. Over the last 40 years, we have moved more than 16.5 million riders back and forth across the Elizabeth River. These trips were made to travel to work, entertainment, shopping and other critical destinations.”
-William Harrell, President and CEO at Hampton Roads Transit.
“The ferry service provides much more than just a quick way for people to get to work,” said Mayor Glover, “It played a pivotal role in the redevelopment and revitalization of Olde Towne Portsmouth.”
Both Portsmouth and Norfolk rely on the ferry to bring in out-of-town guests for big events like the Seawall Festival and Harborfest.
None of this would be possible without the stewardship of Norfolk by Boat’s David Jordan. A Portsmouth native, Jordan helped secure the purchase of the first Elizabeth River Ferry. “I feel very humbled that so many distinguished and important people have taken the time to be here and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ferry,” said Jordan. “The ferry is a labor of love for me, and it is so nice that it has been recognized for the economic stimulus that it is. Serving the cities and working with Hampton Roads Transit has been an honor and a privilege.”