BENEFITS OF MOBILITY

Economic

Reduces traffic congestion • Lowers the cost of owning and using vehicles • Adds business productivity • Enables regional business growth • Lowers operating costs • Development 

Livability

Revitalizes community and placemaking • Provides travel options • Stimulates human interaction through transit networks • Increases property values • Lifestyle

Environmental

Helps reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil • Lessens our impact on the environment • Stimulates economic growth by creating “green jobs” • Sustainability

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Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Newport News band together!

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Just when I thought we had enough transportation issues with the Light Rail extension halt at the Virginia Beach line I learn about a $5 million dollar expenditure cost over run by HRT. Whats going to happen next? Looks like a “real dialogue” opportunity and hopefully “real solutions” to our regions funding cliff is soon approaching.

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USDOT RESPONDS TO OVERWHELMING CRITICISM OF CONGESTION RULE

Last summer, a letter signed by 9 members of the US Senate was just one of thousands pieces of correspondence in response to proposed regulation concerning performance measures for the National Highway System (NHS). “How we measure performance and outcomes directly affects the choice of investments that will be made. If we focus, as this

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Public Transportation Legislative Advocacy Day

(Source: Virginia Transit Association) We’re getting close to Monday, January 23 Public Transportation Legislative Advocacy Day at the Capitol. We’ll start with a Legislative Briefing in the General Assembly Building (Committee Room 5-East) from 10-11 a.m. Along with our friends, Virginians for High Speed Rail, we will review the public transportation legislative and budget priorities

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Gas Tax Floor Bill Introduced

As promised here is the Gas Floor Tax Bill introduced by Senator Frank Wagner SB 1546 which places a floor to on the current gas tax, that is identical to the one already in place for the rest of the state excluding Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. Because we don’t have this floor, Hampton Roads

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Legislative Update from HRT

The Virginia General Assembly opened last week, Wednesday, January 11. Joe Dillard, HRT’s Government Liaison, bids us a happy new year and sends a message from Richmond: “I couldn’t be more excited to share with you stakeholders what our efforts are going to be while here. Many of you represent different sectors of public transportation,

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Dr. King and Transit: Enduring Symbols of Freedom

Op-Ed January 15, 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be 88 today. He would no doubt be remembering events more than 60 years ago that launched him as a champion of civil rights; events that revolve around public transportation. Rosa Parks’ arrest December 1, 1955 sparked a 13 month bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama

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HRT Student Freedom Pass Pilot Program Takes Hiatus

HRT reports its 2016 Student Freedom Pass Pilot Program ended December 31st but plans to return in February after some adjustments to its application process.  The program provides youth 17 and younger unlimited free rides on HRT’s service in Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.  Get details here: http://gohrt.com/studentfreedompass/?r=slider.h.os.20160801.sfp

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Bipartisan Measure to Address Airplane Seats

It’s a modern day wonder…the incredible shrinking airline seat. While the average American is growing…some of us taller, most of us wider…airplane seating is becoming more cramped, and it’s not just due to our size. In the 70’s legroom was better with an average 35 inches between seats, now it’s 31 inches. And we’re squeezing

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Aubrey Layne: Trump’s infrastructure plan is no magic bullet

PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump has proposed a $1 trillion plan to fix America’s infrastructure. It relies on public-private partnerships as its primary source of financing. Our country’s complex transportation network needs an overhaul, but private investment is not the answer, mainly because of the returns that investors expect. Public-private partnerships can be an excellent procurement tool,

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Dan Aykroyd Helps NARP Share The Importance of Passenger Rail

From our friends at the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP): Over the past several months, the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP) has been creating a video to help share the continued, as well as growing, importance of passenger rail and connecting Americans to rail service. The increasing demand for rail service in this

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Invaluable Tools from Transportation for America

Transportation for America, also known as T4A, is an alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country, united to ensure that states and the federal government step up to invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions — because T4A believes they are the investments that hold the key to our future

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Mobility Lab’s Top 10 of 2016

In 2016, our friends up north at Mobility Lab say their most-read articles ranged from looks ahead to what carpooling and sidewalks might be like in the near future, to local, D.C.-area lessons about bike parking and bikeshare ridership insights. Also popular were stories about businesses working with employees to dramatically reduce solo-driving commutes, and

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VTA Public Transportion Advocacy Day Jan 23rd

Please mark Monday, January 23 on your calendars as Public Transportation Advocacy Day at the Capitol.  If you’d like to join HRPTA for this important trek to the capitol to provide a view of Hampton Roads’ public transportation needs please fill out our advocate form http://www.hrpta.com/volunteer/ 10-11 a.m. – Legislative Briefing in the General Assembly Building

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Transit’s Value & Fiscal Cliff Infographic

Our friends at Virginia Transit Association has bottom lined transit’s value to Virginia’s economy and the impact of the looming fiscal cliff in a handy infographic.  View and download this handy reference today! http://vatransit.com/images/VTA_Handout_14.pdf

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2016 Record Year for Transit Initiatives Nationwide

2016 was a historic year for transit ballot measures!  With 78 measures on ballots in 26 states nationwide, this year represents the largest number of transit measures on record.  While these measures can take different forms, the vast majority were either sales tax or property tax measures. 71 percent of transit measures in the US

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Elizabeth River Tunnel Toll Relief

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The enrollment period for Toll Relief began December 1, 2016 and will run through February 15, 2017. Toll relief benefits will begin March 1, 2017. “Since the beginning of my administration, we have made toll relief a top priority for the Norfolk and Portsmouth regions, since there is no free alternative for users of the

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VTA Announces Legislative Priorities

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The Virginia Transit Association has set its annual Legislative Day for January 23. VTA is a coalition of transit professionals from public and private organizations who know that public transportation is important to the individual mobility, a clean environment, and livable communities. Members include: transit systems from across the state; businesses that serve transit systems

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Virginia Secretary of Transportation: To drive smart, build smarter | Op-Ed

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Hampton Roads enters a new era of multi-modal transportation improvements by making the right investments based on transportation benefits instead of parochial politics. Before any benefits could be realized, the region had to accept the stark fact that limited resources have consequences. Nowhere is this more evident than in transportation. Case in point: $9 billion

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CTB Approves Alternative A

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RICHMOND-The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) formally approved Alternative A in the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) as the preferred alternative. Alternative A calls for the expansion of the existing I-64/Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to a consistent six-lane facility from I-664 in Hampton to I-564 in Norfolk. The expansion includes a new bridge-tunnel at

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HRT: CELEBRATING THIS YEAR’S MILESTONES

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Despite losing the opportunities represented by the referendum on light rail in Virginia Beach, HRT had much to celebrate at the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads’ last meeting of 2016.  At the December 8th meeting, HRT celebrated it’s 4th year of clean audits with no findings and it was announced HRT was a recipient of

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HRBT Expansion #1 on CTB Action List

Wednesday, December 7th the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) had a full agenda before adjourning for the year. First on the list was proposed expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, the oldest tunnel on I-64. And it was a quick unanimous vote. The Virginia Pilot quotes Secretary Aubrey Lane as saying: “Historic day for Hampton Roads

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Driverless Car Industry Embraces Trump’s Transportation Pick

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By Melanie Zanona – 12/04/16 08:30 AM EST President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Transportation secretary is receiving praise from one area of the auto world: the driverless car industry. The industry is salivating over Elaine Chao’s light touch when it comes to regulations and her vocal support for the ride-sharing economy. “We’re expecting she hits

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Cities need common sense before they get smart

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By Alex Fletcher – November 22, 2016 Most people have heard about “smart cities” by now, although it isn’t always clear what it means for a typical, medium-sized city. My home of Perth, Australia, has the same issues as most American cities. Does “smart cities” mean waste bins giving pep talks to stop littering? Traffic

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Performance Measures Should Focus on Moving People, Not Cars

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Performance Measures Should Focus on Moving People, Not Cars What has alarmed members of the U.S. Senate, the League of American Bicyclists, the Association for Commuter Transportation and flies in the face of goals set by the American Heart Association, FHWA’s own Safe Route to School programs and a host of others? A proposed rule

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Annual bikeshare conference brings focus to equity, integration, and growth

By Adam Russell – November 17, 2016 Last week, the North American Bike Share Association brought together bikeshare systems from across the continent to Austin, Texas, for its third annual conference. BikeArlington program manager Henry Dunbar, who manages Capital Bikeshare in Arlington County, Va., attended the conference, and reports back that three major themes dominated

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Election Day and Transportation

November 8 was a sad day for transportation in Hampton Roads as Virginia  Beach residents rejected the light rail initiative. A lot of plans and initiatives will have to be undone and funds reallocated. But apparently one monkey doesn’t stop the show. Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said the failed measure is a blow for regionalism

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HRT Wins Teddy

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Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) has been selected as a 2016 recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management (Teddy) Award. The Teddy Award program recognizes excellence in workers’ compensation risk management. Risk & Insurance Magazine gives the annual award and said of this year’s recipients: “The 2016 Teddy Award winners hail from very

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What is the DRPT?

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Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is a state agency that reports to the Secretary of Transportation. Our focus is the movement of people and goods throughout the Commonwealth, and our primary areas of activity are rail, public transportation, and commuter services. DRPT works with local, regional, state, and federal governments, as well as

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Chesapeake Transportation Safety Commission

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The Transportation Safety Commission recommends to City Council plans for the formulation of a highway safety program for the City, and thereafter with the responsibility of periodic review of the operation and effectiveness of such program. The Commission works closely with many of the City departments in developing and monitoring the City’s highway safety program.

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HRTPO Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC)

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The Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) serves as an advisory committee to the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The mission of the Hampton Roads Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) is to provide the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) with a citizen’s viewpoint on regional transportation issues, strategies, funding, priorities, and the decision-making process

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GUEST COLUMN: “Invest in public transit”

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By Brian Lombardozzi As a nation, we must face the fact that austerity simply does not work. Our infrastructure will continue to crumble if we do not invest in its repair, and our economy will continue to stagnate if we don’t expand our infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing population. Transportation is the

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Long Time Passenger: The Story of a 12 Year Old Boy

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Well, I was not real sure where to start. My journey on public transportation began 23 years ago, in Massachusetts. In brief, I was 12 when I started riding the public bus. I had to figure the system out all by myself. The reason I began riding public transportation was a rather sad one, my

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Our One-car Household Equates to a Low Transporation Budget

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Our Norfolk household has two adult drivers and just one car. We have two HRT bus lines within a 12-minute walk. From those buses, we can make just one transfer to another HRT bus that take us anywhere in Norfolk, or to the Virginia Beach ocean front, or to Portsmouth, or to Chesapeake. Besides all

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“Easy Riding” on Public Transportation

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I was at a light near a bus stop on Jefferson Avenue in downtown Newport News and noticed nearly fifteen people waiting for the bus. What caught my eye was the people standing there were hot, wiping their faces and laughing! I was unable to hear what was said, because my windows were up, my

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In Europe, Your Car is Told To Get Out. Bicycles or Public Transportation Only

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We sourced this article from our friends at the New York Times. Hampton Roads: We need to move into the 21st century. Public transportation is here to stay, whether you hop on board or not. So let’s do it together. Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy ZURICH — While American cities are synchronizing green

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Why Do We Need Public Transportation?

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A strong public transportation system is essential to the vitality of the regional economy, a key element in helping Hampton Roads maintain its competitiveness. Public transportation provides opportunities for economic development, creates jobs and contributes to a cleaner environment. Our transportation system faces extreme challenges which diminish the region’s competitiveness, productivity and quality of life:

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Hampton Roads, America’s First Region, needs Viable Transportation Alternatives to the Automobile

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A few startling facts about transportation in Hampton Roads: Hampton Roads loses about half a billion dollar a year in traffic congestion, and wastes 17,000,000 gallons of fuel. Hampton Roads population will exceed 2 million by 2034 and more than 340,000 additional cars will crowd congested roadways. Hampton Roads needs alternatives to commuting by automobile.

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Why Support Public Transportation?

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Public transportation is an economic lifeline. Over 70% of transit riders in Hampton Roads rely on public transportation to get to and from work. Every $1 invested in transit generates $3 in business sales (APTA). Mobility is a major concern for workers, students, the disabled and the elderly. After healthcare and

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Public Transit... because our future depends on moving people, not just vehicles.