NORFOLK, VA – Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) and the City of Chesapeake (the City) have teamed up to explore high-capacity transit options that align with the City’s plans for growth.
HRT and the City are conducting a study to evaluate the need for high-capacity transit service and determine the most feasible alternative that improves connections within Chesapeake and to the rest of the service area.
High-capacity transit is a form of public transit that typically operates in its own lane or right-of-way. These vehicles generally make fewer stops, travel at higher speeds, have more frequent service, and carry more people than local transit service.
“High-Capacity Transit technologies could include express bus, light rail, or a bus rapid transit (BRT) line,” said Sherri Dawson, HRT Director of Transit Development. “We’re excited to get the Chesapeake community involved as we initiate the study and start to explore alternatives.”
The study began in the summer of this year and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024.
“HRT and the City of Chesapeake are exploring high-capacity transit alignment and technology options to improve Chesapeake’s transportation network to enhance the City’s mobility, economy, and growth plans,” said Chesapeake Mayor Rick West. “Improved connections would enhance regional accessibility for everyone, reduce congestion, and improve safety on parallel roadways.”
The public is invited to learn more by attending an upcoming open house style public meeting or pop-up event in October. Meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:
Tuesday, October 17, 5 – 7 p.m.
Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier
709 Eden Way
Served by HRT Bus Routes 13 and 24
Wednesday, October 18, 2 – 4 p.m.
Robert Hall Transfer Center
Robert Hall Blvd. & Military Highway
Served by HRT Bus Routes 6,13, 14, 15, 24 and 57
Thursday, October 19, 4 – 6 p.m.
South Norfolk Memorial Library
801 Poindexter Street
Served by HRT Bus Route 58
To learn more, visit the study website at www.connectingchesapeake.com.
HRT’s mission is to connect Hampton Roads with transportation solutions that are reliable, safe, efficient and sustainable. For more information on transit services, visit gohrt.com.