HRT Wins Grant for Another Ferry

Norfolk, VA – Hampton Roads Transit has been awarded a $4.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to replace the second of three aging Elizabeth River ferries and make improvements to docks and fare collection equipment on the ferry system.

HRT currently has money set aside to replace one existing ferry from a previous grant awarded in 2012. With this most recent award, HRT will now be able to replace two of them. HRT expects to keep all the boats in active service for special events that draw higher volumes of customers, such as Harborfest.

“This is wonderful news for us and our customers,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “Replacing older equipment with new and more modern boats will ensure continued excellent service for years to come.”

The average age of HRT’s ferry fleet is 28 years old.

A new ferry is expected to cost between $2 and $3 million. The rest of the grant is expected to be spent on dock repairs, including improvements to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act. The grant also envisions new ticket vending machines and associated fare system upgrades.

The grant total is $4,423,202. A local match of just over $1.1 million is required to access the money. HRT will match the amount from its Advanced Capital Contributions fund which is paid for by local cities that participate in transit services.

HRT is expected to issue a request for proposals in 2015 and award a contract later in the year.


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