Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in Hampton Roads requires intentional action across the region — action by both organizations and individuals. HRT is committed to increasing DEI in the provision of regional public transportation.

Strong, equitable communities are places of connection where residents can access the essential ingredients to live healthy and productive lives in their own neighborhoods, reach opportunities located throughout the region via transportation, and interact with other diverse residents.

Regions are equitable when all residents — regardless of their race, ethnicity & nativity, gender, or neighborhood of residence — are fully able to participate in the region’s economic vitality, contribute to the region’s readiness for the future, and connect to the region’s assets and resources.

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DEI Definitions


The existence of variations of different characteristics in a group of people. These characteristics could be everything that makes us unique, such as our cognitive skills and personality traits, along with the things that shape our identity (e.g., race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural background).


Fair treatment in access, opportunity, and advancement for all individuals.


The procedures organizations implement to integrate everyone in the workplace, allowing their differences to coexist in a mutually beneficial way. The goal of inclusion strategies is to make everyone feel accepted and comfortable, ready to share their opinions and thoughts without hesitation.

DEI Statement of Purpose

Hampton Roads Transit is committed to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive agency. Promoting equity and celebrating diversity is core to HRT’s values and who we are as a community. HRT promotes an inclusive culture that supports and celebrates the unique attributes and perspectives of its employees, customers and stakeholders allowing each person to make their fullest contribution transit in Hampton Roads.

HRT’s DEI Commitments

Increase representation of underrepresented groups in transit decision-making through community engagement and development.
Ensure passenger-focused and community-centered experience through equitable transportation solutions.
Increase contractor and vendor diversity.
Strengthen the culture of inclusion through employee engagement, involvement, and DEI education and training.