HRT Announces Elizabeth River Ferry Route Change to Maintain Service

NORFOLK, Va. — Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) has implemented a plan to reinstate Elizabeth River Ferry service that was suspended due to issues with the city-owned public dock at Waterside in downtown Norfolk.

Effective at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, the following route adjustments will be in place to preserve a regular ferry schedule:

While HRT understands the inconvenience to passengers due to the dock issue, this solution best preserves the vital ferry service while maintaining a regular schedule.
Click here for ferry schedules and click here for Tide light rail schedules.Fare information can be found here.Festival Goers Encouraged to Take Transit to the TattooGetting to the Virginia International Tattoo and NATO Festival this week will be music to the ears with Hampton Roads Transit (HRT).

With thousands of people expected in Downtown Norfolk April 18-21 for this annual favorite, your best bet is transit operated by HRT – The Tide light rail, buses and the Elizabeth River Ferry (with service changes noted earlier).

“We are a convenient, reliable and money-saving option for those gathering for one of Virginia’s preeminent events,” said William E. Harrell, President and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “Our options on the road, on the rails and on the water make it possible to enjoy this international event without the hassles of driving and parking.”

To plan your trip, check out the festival events and times found here: Then pick a convenient transit option that works for you:

Ride the Tide from Park and Ride Lots

The Tide light rail makes frequent stops at Monticello Station, just a block from the Scope arena and plaza. For those heading to the NATO Parade of Nations and NATO Festival International Village, use the MacArthur Square or Civic Plaza stations for a brief walk to the festivities. Festivalgoers can park for free at four park-and-ride lots adjacent to Tide stations:

The full schedule of Tide light rail times and stops can be found here.

Catch a Bus

Several bus routes can get you close to the action, though detours are in place for the NATO Parade on April 20. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., portions of downtown Norfolk will be closed to traffic until approximately noon.

Bus routes 6, 45 and 960 will be affected and will not stop at the MacArthur Light Rail Station bus stop on City Hall Avenue during this event. All MacArthur Station passengers must board/disembark at the Route 8 bus stop at Bank and Plume located in front of the Fountain Park Garage.