Norfolk Westside Transit Study
The Norfolk Westside Transit Study was a joint effort between Hampton Roads Transit and the City of Norfolk. The Study explored potential connections from the existing Tide light rail system to Naval Station Norfolk (NSN), along the western side of Norfolk.
Addressing mobility concerns to NSN, the largest naval base in the world and the region’s largest employment center, is of vital regional interest. Of the roughly 60,000 to 70,000 people working at NSN and nearby facilities, over 30% of them live in Norfolk.
HRT and the City of Norfolk started the process of evaluating potential extensions of high-capacity transit to Naval Station Norfolk as part of the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study [NSNTES]. Completed in 2015, NSNTES identified an East and West corridor option, each with a different purpose and need. After reviewing the results, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requested that HRT identify a reasonable alternative in the West corridor before beginning the environmental review process.
After a year of analysis, this Study identified that based on the limited ridership potential, high capital and operating costs, the potential to impact vehicular traffic patterns, and significant flooding and resiliency challenges, a new high capacity transit alternative on the west side of Norfolk is not feasible. Based on this conclusion, HRT recommended that the City adopt a “No-Build” alternative for the west side of the City of Norfolk.
HRT and the City of Norfolk are preparing to initiate an analysis of alternatives alignments to serve the naval base on the east side of the City of Norfolk.