NORFOLK, VA – Hampton Roads Transit is excited to announce the addition of 12 new low-emission buses to its 757 Express fleet. The new buses rolled into service on the Southside this morning in conjunction with the launch of 15-minute peak period service on the Route 20 in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
The 35 and 40-foot Gillig buses hold up to 36 and 44 passengers, respectively, and are equipped with Wi-Fi for passenger convenience. They were purchased using dedicated funding established by the Virginia General Assembly in 2020. The approved legislation allocated at least $20 million annually to pay for the 757 Express program.“These new buses will allow Hampton Roads Transit to provide a higher quality experience to our riders,” said William Harrell, President and CEO at Hampton Roads Transit. “We plan to add more buses in the future as we continue to expand the 757 Express program.” The 757 Express is envisioned as a regional transit system including a mix of high-frequency, express, and limited-stop bus service connecting commuters to major employment destinations. High frequency routes run every 15 minutes during the weekday peak hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. HRT launched the 757 Express regional transit service with Route 112 in October 2022, and Route 114 was added in May. More routes will be added as HRT hires additional bus operators. HRT’s mission is to connect Hampton Roads with transportation solutions that are reliable, safe, efficient, and sustainable. To learn more about the 757 Express Program visit gohrt.com/757express.