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

HRPTA EXPERIENCE

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The Future of autonomous car

April 28th Board Meeting & “The Future of Autonomous Cars”

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HRPTA Presents: The Future of Autonomous Cars Thursday, April 28, 5:30pm VB Economic Development Alliance Board Room in Town Center 4525 Main Street, Suite 700, Virginia Beach, VA 23462   Who: HRPTA Board members, transit advocates, and community members. Why: Learning and talking about what’s next. This technological shift may be closer than we realize.

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HRTPO Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

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The HRTPO Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) documents transportation planning work to be performed in Hampton Roads by the HRTPO, local transit providers, and VDOT.  The UPWP identifies the planning priorities for the Region and provides details on various planning tasks to be accomplished, including budgets, funding sources, products, and schedules. The Draft FY 2017

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TPO Quadrennial Review

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Federal law requires that the FHWA and the FTA certify that the metropolitan transportation planning process in MPOs is carried out in accordance with applicable provisions of federal law at least once every four years. The HRTPO will be undergoing the Quadrennial Federal Planning Certification Review of the transportation planning process for the region, from

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March 24th Board Meeting

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Monthly Meeting Agenda March 24th, 2016 Slover Library 235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510, United States 5:15 PM Arrival & Reception 5:30 PM Business Meeting Call to Order, Welcome, and Recognize special guests Will Christopher Transportation Overview Treasurer’s report                                  

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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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Student Freedom Pass — coming soon

Feb 2016 – HRT to offer high school students unlimited rides on light rail, bus and ferry …. Currently, only 2% of riders are under 18 years of age.  Potential benefits of the program: increasing ridership, bringing new generations of customers, and improving the overall public perception of public transportation. The plan:  Student Freedom Passes

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Forum: Transit Means Business, May 27, 2016, Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

It’s a new approach — already successful in Northern Virginia (http://www.novatransit.org/transit-means-business/) and coming to Hampton Roads this spring.  Stay tuned…..

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Vision

February 25th Board Meeting

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Monthly Meeting Agenda February 25th, 2016 Slover Library 235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510, United States     5:15 PM Arrival & Reception 5:30 PM Business Meeting Call to Order, Welcome, and Recognize special guests Will Christopher Transportation Overview   Treasurer’s report                          

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PUBLIC MEETING: Virginia Beach Transit Extension

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What’s happening now? HRT, the City, and DRPT are working cooperatively to advance the engineering of the proposed extension to provide more detailed information to the City and State for the final decision making process anticipated to occur in 2016. Location:  The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 4535 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Time:

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Connections

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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2016 Legislative Transit Day in Richmond

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  Legislative Transit Day in Richmond! Be chauffeured and hosted on Monday January 25th for a morning reception and day of legislative interaction. Meet with your legislator, take a walking tour of the VA State Capitol, enjoy lunch with friends. Bus departs at 7am in the morning and returns late afternoon.       Connect with

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We are days away from the “Road to Richmond” if you haven’t signed up now is the time!

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Legislative Transit Day in Richmond! Be chauffeured and hosted on Monday January 25th for a morning reception and day of legislative interaction. Meet with your legislator, take a walking tour of the VA State Capitol, enjoy lunch with friends. Bus departs 7am Monday January 25th and returns that evening.  

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HRTPO Board Meeting Jan 21st 2016

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The HRPDC provides staffing for the HRTPO to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities and to coordinate efforts with the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads, Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA), and VDOT. The HRTPO’s Technical Advisory Committee provides review and recommendations on all regional transportation planning efforts. Download HRTPO At-a-glance by clicking here

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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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A year in review #2015

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HRPTA is getting results Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance made history in the Commonwealth of Virginia! We successfully produced the largest group ever for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Transit Day. (Intending to double our efforts for the 2016 Virginia General Assembly.) Effectively advocated elected officials on public transportation issues in the Successfully supported the passage of House Bill

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HRPDC/HRTPO Regional Legislative Forum

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Please join us for the First Annual HRPDC/HRTPO Regional Legislative Forum scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Local community stakeholders, the public, and media are invited to attend. EVENT CANCELED While there is no public comment period allotted for the

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VDOT Citizen Information Meetings

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Citizen Information Meetings December 2015 Meetings Come see and comment on alternatives that could be retained for analysis as part of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study. The meeting will be held in an open-house format with no formal presentation given. When:    Dec. 9, 2015 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Where:    Ocean View Elementary 9501 Mason

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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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Power Hour Luncheon March 26th

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HRPTA Power Hour Luncheon Connecting Virginia’s Economic Crescent Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT) Reception Starting at 11:45, Slover Library, Norfolk VA  

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We need more movers and shakers in #HRVA. Do you fit the bill?

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With an ever-expanding population in a world that’s moving to denser, urbanized cities, smart metros have started a gigantic pivot away from complete car-reliance toward multi-modal transportation systems that balance the needs of all.  Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance (HRPTA) has been working for the past two decades to improve mobility options in Hampton Roads

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Invitation to Connect Hampton Roads Webinar: Six Pillars to Improve Regional Mobility

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Please join Connect Hampton Roads for the Webinar: Topic: Six Pillars to Improving Regional Mobility When : Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Time : 12 noon – 1:00pm Connect Hampton Roads is an effort to shape a new plan that will have the potential to transform how we connect people and places across the region, improving

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Connect Hampton Roads Survey

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Which is more important: Wider highways or expanded light rail? Friendly bus drivers or new ferry routes? The region’s transit agency is surveying the community to help it chart a new course for moving people around Hampton Roads and – it hopes – transform how public transportation is funded. The initiative, called Connect Hampton Roads,

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Transit Relief for Tunnel Congestion

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Expanded bus service between Portsmouth and Norfolk begins July 6 to help people cross the Elizabeth River faster, more frequently and provide a toll-free option. Customers of local routes 44, 45 and 47 will find additional service into the evenings and on weekends under an agreement that provides Hampton Roads Transit with $2.1 million annually

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Upcoming HRPTA Social

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HRPTA Members: We need your help! Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance is planning a social activity for later in June and we need your help in planning the activity. Please let us know at info@hrpta.com if we can rely on you to give us a hand. We promise the burden of volunteering a little of

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Welcome return for Virginia Beach trolleys

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Virginia Beach is bringing trolleys back to the Oceanfront next summer. They cost less to buy than the buses that have transported people between Rudee Inlet and 41st Street for the past five seasons. People apparently like them better, too. Ridership dropped by nearly 100,000 between 2006, when trolleys carried 410,000 passengers, and 2013, when

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HRPTA Public Event with Jennifer Mitchell, Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

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Good morning, friends. Please plan to join us on Wednesday, April 30th at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott for a special public event–a conversation with Jennifer Mitchell, Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. There is no cost for this event, however registration is required. Register by visiting our website at http://hrpta.com and

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HRPTA Special Membership Meeting

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Greetings to all members of HRPTA! Your Board and Officers have been busy since we were all together at the Waterside Marriott in November. The inspiring address by Mitch Silver got us thinking big — and far into the future. We’re dreaming about mobility in our region and what it will mean for the different

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Powerful new transit authority advances in Assembly

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A new regional authority that could levy tolls and issue debt for road projects is advancing in the General Assembly, and one of its architects has rebuffed local leaders’ requests to tweak its powers. Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, said Tuesday he appreciates the input but likes his bill the way it is. That means his

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New Bus Transfer Center at Military Circle Opens Wednesday

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Source: HRT Norfolk, VA –Hampton Roads Transit will open a newly rebuilt passenger center at Military Circle Mall on Wednesday that promises an improved customer experience. The rebuilt transfer station has five new shelters, a wider passenger platform and benches that offer customers more comfort than the old station. Other upgrades include improved lighting and

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Six Stops to Success Webinar Series by NAPTA & CFTE

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NAPTA and the Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) are excited to announce part three of their free webinar training series! The Six Stops to Success webinar series is designed to provide advocates and transportation organizations with the necessary tools to take a transportation ballot measure from an idea to a winning proposition. This year’s sessions

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HRPTA 2013 Annual Meeting with Special Guest, Mitchell J. Silver

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Please plan to join us on November 12th at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott for our 2013 Annual Meeting with Chief Planning & Development Officer of the City of Raleigh, Mitchell J. Silver. We will also be presenting a special citation, in memoriam, to RAdm. Ray Taylor. Get more information here. The event is free; we

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I-264 WESTBOUND DOWNTOWN TUNNEL CLOSED DURING THE NIGHTS ONLY

I-264 WESTBOUND DOWNTOWN TUNNEL TO CLOSE DURING THE NIGHTS ONLY Work to take place seven nights a week; tunnel to be open during the days and early evenings on the weekends and weekdays PORTSMOUTH – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in partnership with the Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project team, is moving to nightly closures

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Did You Know Riding Public Transit Can Save You $9,813 per Year?

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Source: APTA Kick-off Your Summer with Savings by Taking Public Transportation Riding public transportation saves individuals $9,795 a year Washington, D.C. – Summer has arrived and the weather is perfect for getting to your destination by walking and using public transportation. According to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) May Transit Savings Report, individuals who

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Virginia Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships Recognized as a Leader

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Source: virginia.gov Virginia Recognized as a Leader in Public-Private Partnerships – Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships Receives Two Awards at 2013 Partnership Awards – RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Virginia’s Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (OTP3) was recently recognized as an international leader in Public-Private Partnerships, receiving two awards at the 2013

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Prioritizing Transportation Projects by Transportation Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx

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Source: WAMU, American University Radio “Transportation Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx Prioritizes Transportation Projects“ “President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Transportation, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, said he would prioritize safety, efficiency, and building multi-modal infrastructure in testimony before a Senate committee on Wednesday. As mayor of the nation’s 17th largest city, Foxx supported the

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49M City Vacationers Will Use Public Transportation to Sightsee, Patron Restaurants & Nightlife

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Source: APTA This Summer Vacation Season Brings Seven Percent More Tourists to Cities and Public Transportation than Last Year 70 million plan to “Travel Like a Local” and use public transit in U.S. cities this summer with Millenials leading the way As the temperatures rise and schools close down, over 126 million Americans are planning

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HRT Ridership for Tuesday, 5/21

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Hampton Roads Transit ridership numbers for Tuesday: Bus: 50,702 The Tide Light Rail: 5,038 Ferry: 713

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HRT Ridership for Monday, 5/20

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Hampton Roads Transit ridership numbers for Monday: Bus: 50,342 The Tide Light Rail: 4,700 Ferry: 641  

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Virginians for High Speed Rail’s 17th Annual Meeting

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A Note From Our Friends at VHSR: Dear Supporters: Please mark June 14th, 2013 on your calendars to join us for our 17th Annual Meeting in Richmond, Virginia to Celebrate our Success and Prepare for the Future. We have invited United States Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Bob McDonnell to speak, as well as representatives

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HRPTA May Board of Directors Meeting Announcement

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Directors: Please note the day-of-the-week change to Wednesday this month. Wednesday, May 15, 2013 @ 8:30 AM HRPTA Board of Directors Meeting @ MacArthur Memorial Research Center, Norfolk, VA HRPTA By-Laws, Article VII, Section 3.  All meetings of the Board of Directors shall be open to all Members of the Corporation. Please feel free to

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HRT is Negotiating New Prices for the GoPass365 Program

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Source: hamptonroads.com Hampton Roads Transit is beginning to strike deals to keep its GoPass365 ridership program running at colleges and major employers under scaled-back arrangements that will charge much more per pass. Norfolk State University officials have agreed to buy 600 passes at $250 each for the fiscal year beginning July 1, said Ray Amoruso,

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Governor McDonnell Announces Major Transportation Projects Moving Forward

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Of special note for Hampton Roads from the Governor’s press release: The CTB also took action to authorize VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley, to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the U.S. Navy to move forward with plans to improve access to Naval Station Norfolk and Norfolk International Terminals.

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HRT Kicks Off ‘The Tide to Naval Base’ Study

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Source: Railway Age Study of Hampton Roads Transit extension to naval base begins Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) in Virginia has issued a notice to proceed to HDR Engineering, Inc., to begin the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study for possible high-capacity transit alignments between The Tide light rail and the Norfolk Naval Station. The notice

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Governor McDonnell Makes Amendments to Strengthen Major Transportation Package

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Source: virginia.gov Edits to bill strengthen legal posture, adds lock boxes to safeguard new funds, reduces alternative vehicles fees, vehicle titling tax, and local taxes; maintains structure for long-term sustainable transportation solutions to improve job creation and quality of life RICHMOND-Governor Bob McDonnell today completed his review of the major transportation funding compromise passed by

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HRPTA Membership Meeting March 12th with Aubrey Layne of the Commonwealth Transportation Board

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The Transportation Bill Passed. Where Do We Go From Here? HRPTA General Membership Meeting with Guest Speaker, Aubrey Layne of the CTB Tuesday, March 12th Reception, 5:30P-6:00P HRPTA Membership Meeting, 6:00P-7:00P As a grassroots organization built on improving our region’s economic vitality and competitiveness through improved transit options and smart growth principles, we are excited

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Transportation Town Hall Meeting at Christopher Newport University

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Source: dailypress.com Town Hall meeting To help bring attention to the funding crisis and possible solutions, the Daily Press and the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University are hosting a “Transportation Town Hall” meeting and panel discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4. Five panelists with extensive knowledge and

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VHSR Encourages the General Assembly to Vote for the Transportation Compromise

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From our friends at Virginians for High Speed Rail: Richmond, Virginia – Virginians for High Speed Rail urges the members of the Virginia House of Delegates and Virginia State Senate to vote in FAVOR of the Conference Committee version of HB 2313. While not perfect, this legislation helps to secure the future of Virginia’s intercity

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Links to Two Important Transportation-related Documents for Hampton Roads

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2034 Hampton Roads Long-Range Transportation Plan Publisher: Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Hampton Roads Regional Transit Vision Plan Publisher: Hampton Roads Transit Note by HRPTA Board of Director Judith Brown, Ph.D.: After 2-3 years of preparation, this key document has been adopted by the TDCHR and the HRTPO early in 2011.  It shows the big

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HRT Public Meetings Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study – Laskin Road Corridor

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Source: HRT The public is invited to provide comments and input on the latest developments for the Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study (VBTES).  This includes a proposed fixed-guideway transit alignment through the Hilltop area along Laskin Road between Lynnhaven Parkway and Birdneck Road. Two public meetings will be held to explore ideas under consideration for

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Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance Endorses the Inclusion of Passenger Rail and Public Transit Component of Governor McDonnell’s Transportation Plan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keith Parnell, Chair, Communications Group Email: info@hrpta.com Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance Endorses the Inclusion of Passenger Rail and Public Transit Component of Governor McDonnell’s Transportation Plan Norfolk VA – The Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance has endorsed the inclusion of a passenger rail and public transit component in “Virginia’s Road

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House Democrats Outline Bipartisan Transportation Proposal

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWS FROM THE VIRGINIA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS January 28th, 2013 Contact: Adam Scott 207-992-8484 adam@vademocrats.org HOUSE DEMOCRATS OUTLINE BIPARTISAN TRANSPORTATION PROPOSAL RICHMOND- Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates announced their support for bipartisan approaches that address the Commonwealth’s pressing transportation needs. Democratic House Leader David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville) and Delegates Vivian

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Norfolk Downtown Bus Transfer Station Community Engagement Sessions Set for Jan 10th & Jan 31

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Downtown Bus Transfer Station Community Engagement Sessions A series of three information sessions will be held to discuss the Downtown Bus Transfer Station. All sessions held in Meeting Room 4 at Scope, 6:00 PM Thursday, January 10, 2013 Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Record of Decision Issued for the Richmond to Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Study

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Marks Completion of the Tier I National Environmental Policy Act Process WASHINGTON –The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Richmond to Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Study, satisfying the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for a Tier I Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that considered alternatives for

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HRT Invites You to a Community Engagement Session Regarding the Norfolk Bus Transfer Center

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Community Engagement Sessions Regarding the Downtown Bus Transit Center A series of three informational sessions will be held to discuss the Downtown Bus Transit Center. All sessions held in Meeting Room 4 at Scope, 6:00 p.m. Informational meeting regarding the temporary Bus Transit Center Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Discussions on design and amenities for the

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Governor McDonnell to Host Statewide Transportation Conference

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Conference Will Showcase Virginia’s Transportation Agencies and Programs RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that he will host the 2012 Governor’s Transportation Conference, themed “Opportunities in Motion,” on December 5 through December 7. The conference, which will highlight Virginia’s complex and evolving multi-modal transportation system, will be held at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons

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Amtrak Virginia Norfolk Service Inaugural Whistle Stop Tour

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Source: Norfolk Dept of Development press release Amtrak Virginia Norfolk Service Inaugural Whistle Stop Tour On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, you are invited to witness a part of history, as Amtrak Virginia will begin offering one-seat rides between the city of Norfolk and northeast destinations like Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City and more. As part

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HRPTA Elects New Corporation Officers, Executive Committee

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During the formal business session of today’s 2012 Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance Annual Meeting, the general membership, in accordance with the HRPTA By-laws, elected the 2012-13 slate of officers and the corporation’s executive committee including an at-large Director. Congratulations to HRPTA’s new leadership team. Will Christopher – HRPTA President President Will Christopher Consulting will@willchristopherconsulting.com Keith Parnell – HRPTA

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Typical Light Rail Rider is Under 30, Wants Norfolk’s Train System Extended to Virginia Beach

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Source: Inside Business Most light rail riders would extend line A typical light rail rider is under 30, would drive if not for the light rail, and wants Norfolk’s train system extended to Virginia Beach, according to a recent survey. Hampton Roads Transit, which operates the Tide, surveyed 3,046 light rail users about their riding

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How does the Virginia Beach Light Rail Referendum actually read?

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On Tuesday, November 6, the Virginia Beach City Council requests your vote on the following referendum question: Should the City Council adopt an ordinance approving the use of all reasonable efforts to support the financing and development of The Tide light rail into Virginia Beach? This referendum allows voters to provide City Council with their

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Norfolk Amtrak Tickets Go On Sale Today

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Source: hamptoroads.com By Dave Forster, The Virginian-Pilot August 30, 2012 NORFOLK – Seats on the first Amtrak trains out of the city in December will go on sale at 6 a.m. today, with non-holiday prices ranging from $38 for a one-way trip to Washington to $73 to Boston. Officials released other details of South Hampton

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Hampton Roads Transit Public Participation Plan Survey

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Hampton Roads Transit is conducting a survey that will help us as we continue drafting our Public Participation Plan. On Monday, August 20th, we began the survey by posting to our website, Facebook and Twitter; at our transfer centers in Hampton and Newport News; by talking with our passengers on routes on the north side;

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Let’s Plan It Together

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“Let’s Plan It Together” Tuesday, August, 4PM – 7PM Regional Building, Chesapeake, VA VTrans and VSTP open house meetings will be held to provide the public with information about the ongoing updates of: – VTrans 2035 – Virginia Surface Transportation Plan – Statewide Transit and Transportation Demand Management Plan – Virginia State Rail Plan –

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Hampton Roads Transit Wins Grant for New Ferry

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1, 2012 Contact: Tom Holden, Operations Information Specialist Office: 757-222-6183; Cell: 757-676-2616 Hampton Roads Transit wins grant for new ferry Norfolk, VA – Hampton Roads Transit has been awarded a $1.8 million grant under the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferryboat Discretionary Grant program. The grant award requires a 20 percent local match

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HRT Wins FTA State of Good Repair & Bus Livability Program Grants to Improve Service

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2012 Contact: Tom Holden, Operations Information Specialist Office: 757-222-6183; Cell: 757-676-2616 Hampton Roads Transit wins grants to improve service Norfolk, VA – Hampton Roads Transit has been awarded two grants totaling $3 million under the Federal Transit Administration’s State of Good Repair and Bus Livability programs. The money will be

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House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Draft Spending Bill

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Source: APTA Maintains Spending at FY 2012 Levels in Most Cases; Spending Levels Similar to Senate Bill On Thursday, June 7, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation, Housing and Urban Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) bill, which sets spending levels for

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GOP unveils $51.6B DOT, HUD budget

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Source: thehill.com As lawmakers debate a new road and public transit spending bill, Republican leaders in the House unveiled on Wednesday a $51.6 billion budget for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. The House Appropriations Committee said Wednesday that it will consider its Transportation, Housing and Urban Development budget for fiscal year

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HRPTA Announces June Board of Directors Meeting Location

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sylvia Hill, Program Committee Chair Phone: (757) 962-0134 Email: info@hrpta.com Date and Location for HRPTA’s June Board of Directors Meeting set for June 12th at Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront Suffolk, May 29, 2012 – The Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance (HRPTA) has set a date for the June Board of

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VHSR 2012 Annual Meeting to be held June 1st

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The Virginians For High Speed Rail 16th Annual Meeting will be held Friday, June 1st at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. More information and registration for the conference can be found on the VHSR website at vhsr.com/AnnualMeeting.

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Community Conversation on New Norfolk Bus Transfer Station

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The City of Norfolk invites you to participate in a community conversation to help determine the future location and design for a new Bus Transfer Station in Downtown Norfolk. It’s time to develop a bus transfer station that supports bus travel as a  transportation option of choice – one that is accessible, attractive, safe, clean

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How To Ride The HRT Bus, Step-by-step

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Planning your trip –three methods Let Google plan your trip online. At www.gohrt.com, click on “Trip Planner” and fill in your starting and ending place. Plan your own trip online — if you already know which route(s) you will ride. At www.gohrt.com, click “Routes”. Pick up route maps (green or blue) in the lobby of

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Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Moves Forward

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Source: Railway Track & Structures Fairfax Country confirms Dulles rail project participation, approves station Names Wednesday, April 11, 2012 The Virginia Fairfax County Board of Supervisors confirmed the county’s participation in Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reaffirmed our commitment to Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor

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Join HRT to Celebrate One Million Tide Rides!

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We’re celebrating One Million rides on The Tide light rail in Norfolk! Please join William Harrell, President and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit, along with Mayor Paul Fraim and DRPT Director Thelma Drake this Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at MacArthur Square Station, 12:30pm. Refreshments provided by Bean There Café and by Jimmy John’s. We look

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Light Rail Referendum Voting Likely in Virginia Beach in November

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Source: HamptonRoads.com By Aaron Applegate The Virginian-Pilot April 12, 2012 VIRGINIA BEACH It looks likely residents will be voting in November on whether to extend The Tide light-rail line into the city. A few tweaks in the language of a referendum proposed earlier this month appeared to satisfy a majority of City Council members this

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HRT Announces End to Norfolk International Airport Bus Service

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Source: HRT HRT ending Norfolk airport bus route; ridership low By Lauren King The Virginian-Pilot April 6, 2012 NORFOLK A pilot bus service to Norfolk International Airport will end next week. Hampton Roads Transit started the route in February, but ridership was weak, a news release from HRT said. The minimum goal was 10 to

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HRT CEO, Philip Shucet, Goes Out in the Style He Rode In On: Success!

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Source: HRT Outgoing HRT CEO on remaining agency officials: “These people tell the truth” By Jon Cawley, DailyPress.com 3/22/12 HAMPTON — Outgoing Hampton Roads Transit CEO Philip Shucet attended his final meeting Thursday of the agency’s governing board. And in true Shucet style, he didn’t mince words. Shucet began his monthly management report to the

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HRT To Extend Bus Service to Norfolk International Airport through March 31st

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Source: HRT Hampton Roads Transit is extending trial bus service to Norfolk International Airport through March 31st. The Airport route, also known as Route 7, began service on February 5th. It serves the arrivals and departures terminals via Norview Avenue and Tidewater Drive from downtown Norfolk and the Cedar Grove transfer facility. Hourly service begins

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The Tide Light Rail Still Successful, 6 Months Later

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Source: PilotOnline.com By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot February 18, 2012 NORFOLK Measuring The Tide’s impact in its first six months goes beyond noting that there’s standing room only on many trains heading out of downtown at 5 p.m., and that many more people are riding than were expected. Consider that roommates Stephanie Garcia and Jubilee

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Bipartisan Surface Transportation Authorization Bill Needs Your Support

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Source: APTA U.S. Senate Ready to Debate Bipartisan Surface Transportation Authorization Bill Late last week the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 85 to 11, agreed to a motion to begin consideration of S.1813, ”Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21) – the Senate’s surface transportation authorization bill. As the Senate moves

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Hampton Roads Transit will extend bus service to Norfolk International Airport through March 31

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Source: HRT By Cindy Clayton The Virginian-Pilot February 14, 2012 NORFOLK Hampton Roads Transit officials will extend bus service to Norfolk International Airport through March 31. They want more time to gather information to determine whether the new route should be permanent, according to an HRT news release. The service had been scheduled to run

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House Ways and Means Committee Would Eliminate Historical Funding Source

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Source: APTA The House Ways and Means Committee has released the tax title of the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 – the House of Representatives surface transportation authorization bill. The Ways and Means Committee title makes drastic changes by eliminating the use of motor fuel tax revenues for public transportation, revenues that

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APTA Legislative Press Release on T&I Funding

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Source: AFTA HOUSE TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE AND SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE MOVE FORWARD ON AUTHORIZATION PROPOSALS; FUNDING PROPOSALS TO COME Major action on surface transportation authorization bills will occur this week in the House and Senate, as the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee and the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee are each

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William E. Harrell hired as Hampton Roads Transit’s new President & CEO

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Source: HRT NORFOLK, VA – The Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads on Thursday selected William E. Harrell as the new president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. The vote was unanimous. Harrell, the city manager of Cheapeake, will replace Philip A. Shucet who was hired in February 2010 to help complete construction of The

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Cheat The Tide and It Costs You $250. Not Worth It

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Source: HRT Light rail freeloaders face fines NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – People who ride the Tide without a ticket are getting caught. Hampton Roads Transit told WAVY.com that so far this year 38 people have been caught. In 2011, 383 riders were caught without a ticket. The Tide started service in Aug. 2011. So far,

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HRPTA Board of Directors Meeting Set for February 14, 2012

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Below is the official press release announcing February 14th as HRPTA’s first Board meeting of 2012 on the Peninsula. You are cordially invited and we would love to see you there to talk public transportation in Hampton Roads. Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance HRPTA.COM @HRPTA   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sylvia Hill, Program Committee Chair

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Road upgrades would float Navy’s boat, admiral says

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Source: PilotOnline.com By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot January 20, 2012 With more than 81,000 active-duty Navy sailors in Hampton Roads who rely on the transportation network to get to work, the commander of the Navy’s mid-Atlantic region told regional leaders Thursday that improvements must be made to reduce congestion and increase mobility. “In order to

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Commonwealth Transportation Board withdraws $5 million in unused funds

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Source: Daily Press CHESAPEAKE — The Commonwealth Transportation Board has withdrawn $5 million in funding for Hampton Roads transportation projects that wasn’t being used. Aubrey Layne, the Hampton Roads CTB representative, made the announcement Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization. He said a total of $17 million was “de-allocated”

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An Act to amend and reenact § 15.2-4507 of the Code of Virginia, relating to membership of the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads

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Approved March 24, 2011 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia: 1. That § 15.2-4507 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows: § 15.2-4507. Members of transportation district commissions. A. Any transportation district commission created shall consist of the number of members the component governments shall from time to

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Requesting the Department of Rail and Public Transportation to study transit-related issues in the Commonwealth

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SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 297 Agreed to by the Senate, February 2, 2011 Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 22, 2011 WHEREAS, the mission of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is to improve the mobility of goods and people while expanding transportation choices in the Commonwealth; and WHEREAS, in the

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Public Transit Riders to See Taxes Increase More Than $550 in 2012

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Source: American Public Transportation Association American Public Transportation Association Calls on Congress to Correct Bias That Favors Driving over Taking Public Transit Due to Congressional inaction during last month’s tax deliberations, the new year ushered in a tax increase to public transit riders. Currently, commuters who use public transit, commuter buses and van pools may

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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Awards $186 Million to Illinois to Expand High-Speed Rail in the Midwest

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Source: Federal Railroad Administration U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today awarded more than $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for a high-speed rail project that will reduce travel times and put Americans back to work this spring. “The Great Lakes-Midwest economic region is the world’s fifth largest economy by Gross Domestic Product,

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HRPTA Board of Directors Meeting Set for January 10, 2012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sylvia Hill, Program Committee Chair Phone:  (757) 962-0134 Email: info@hrpta.com Date and Location for HRPTA’s January Board of Directors Meeting set for January 10th at MacArthur Memorial Research Center Norfolk, January 2, 2011 – The Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance (HRPTA) has set a date for the January Board of Directors

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HRT Plans To Boost Bus, Ferry Service as Toll Alternative #HRVA

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Source: HRT By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot December 14, 2011 Don’t want to pay tolls at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels starting next year? Mass transit may be an alternative. As part of the public-private deal to build a second Midtown tube, the private consortium will provide about $2.5 million each year to Hampton Roads

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Fairfax gives final approval needed for Dulles rail agreement

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Source: Railway Track & Structures Fairfax gives final approval needed for Dulles rail agreement Thursday, December 08, 2011 The Virginia Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved changes to the funding agreement for the second phase of the Dulles Rail project, saving as much as an estimated $757 million in fees for Dulles Toll Road users.

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Denver’s Eagle P3 commuter line receives $280 million federal loan

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Source: Railway Track & Structures A federal loan of up to $280 million was awarded to advance construction on the 30-mile Eagle P3 commuter rail project, which will significantly expand transportation choices in the greater Denver area. “This loan brings Denver a step closer to completing this ambitious and far-reaching project that offers better transportation

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Virginia (and Norfolk to Petersburg) Amtrak Service Funding Restored

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Source: HamptonRoads.com By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot December 2, 2011 Virginia will not lose the bulk of its Amtrak trains because of federal budget cuts as was feared. The new federal appropriations act restores the money the House originally eliminated for regional train service. Under the proposal, Virginia would have immediately lost 64 percent of

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HRPTA The Tide Launch Day Festivities p.IV [video]

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HRPTA was present for the launch day festivities of The Tide light rail system in Norfolk, VA on August 19, 2011. This is the fourth in a series of videos that will chronicle the exciting day for Hampton Roads.

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HRPTA The Tide Launch Day Festivities p.III [video]

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HRPTA was present for the launch day festivities of The Tide light rail system in Norfolk, VA on August 19, 2011. This is the third in a series of videos that will chronicle the exciting day for Hampton Roads.

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HRPTA The Tide Launch Day Festivities p.II [video]

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HRPTA was present for the launch day festivities of The Tide light rail system in Norfolk, VA on August 19, 2011. This is the second in a series of videos that will chronicle the exciting day for Hampton Roads.

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HRPTA The Tide Launch Day Festivities p.I [video]

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HRPTA was present for the launch day festivities of The Tide light rail system in Norfolk, VA on August 19, 2011. This is the first in a series of videos that will chronicle the exciting day for Hampton Roads.

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Transit-Oriented Development Luncheon Program

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Transit-Oriented Development Opportunities through Light Rail and Passenger Rail Connections Tom Clark, Executive Vice President, Metro Denver, CO (Economic Development arm of Denver’s Regional Chamber), will discuss the promotion of rail and light rail as the stimulus to development in Denver and the importance of being ready to take advantage of the opportunities to increase

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The Tide Is Just One Point of Pride for Norfolk These Days

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Source: Virginia Business With a 300-year history that includes two devastating fires and a yellow fever epidemic that wiped out a third of its population, Norfolk knows a thing or two about resilience and revival. Now, with the launch of its light-rail system, Virginia’s second-largest city continues to renew itself, while cementing its status as

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Norfolk’s Light Rail System, The Tide, to Ride to the Norfolk Naval Base

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Source: hamptonroads.com By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot © September 23, 2011 NORFOLK Light rail exceeded all ridership projections when it opened last month, so giddy city officials pleased with its success want to begin the process of extending it to Norfolk Naval Station. The City Council unanimously asked City Manager Marcus Jones this week to

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HRT Offers More Free Rides on The Tide

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Source: hamptonroads.com Free rides. HRT has signed up two more businesses for its GoPass 365 program, in which businesses and educational institutions pay an annual flat fee for its employees and students to ride all of HRT’s services for free, including light rail, bus and ferry. Portfolio Recovery Associates, headquartered next to the Military Highway

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Buy Your HRT Bus & Light Rail Tickets Online Now

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Source: hamptonroads.com Online ticket sales. Starting sometime next month, customers can purchase $3 round-trip fares online through HRT’s website as part of a three-month pilot project. E-tickets will be sent via e-mail that can be printed or downloaded to handheld phones and computers. Shucet said HRT has not found another transit agency using e-tickets. HRT

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Norfolk’s Tide Light Rail Adds Wi-fi

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Source: hamptonroads.com WiFi. As of last week, all nine light-rail trains were equipped with a wireless network so riders can work on laptops and other computer devices while commuting. Wireless was part of the original project design, but was cut to reduce costs before construction even began. HRT’s express bus service that caters to commuters

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Congratulations to Our Own Erin Corrie for Being Honored by Inside Business

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Erin Corrie, a member of the HRPTA Board of Directors, has been selected to be honored by Inside Business as a Top Forty Under 40. Congratulations Erin on your many professional accomplishments and being recognized for your hard work and achievements. Top Forty Under 40 Date & Time: Oct 11 2011 – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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TCC Students Could Soon Ride The Tide For Almost Free

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Source: HRT TCC bargaining with HRT to snag special rate for students Tidewater Community College students and staff may be able to use Hampton Roads Transit’s light rail, ferry and bus services at a special rate if contract negotiations between the school and transportation provider prove a success. TCC’s College Board unanimously approved a proposal

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The Tide Light Rail Far Exceeding Expectations

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Source: HRT Norfolk’s light rail exceeds expectations Nearly four weeks into the Tide’s tenure in Norfolk, the light rail has been a major success. Ridership is actually exceeding expectations with an average of more than 5,600 people per day. “I love riding the tide. I think it’s very convenient as far as transportation and it

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Governor McDonnell Announces Northern Virginia Transportation Commission Appointment

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RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced appointment to Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) James W. Dyke, Jr. of McLean, Partner at McGuire Woods, LLP and former Secretary of Education under Governor L. Douglas Wilder ** Will also serve as Virginia’s representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board

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Norfolk City Council to Discuss The Tide Light Rail Funding Tonight

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Source: HRT Light rail funding to be discussed NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A funding increase for light rail will be a topic of discussion at Tuesday night’s Norfolk City Council meeting. The agenda , posted on the city’s website, asks to increase funding for light rail construction. Right now, The Tide runs 7.4 miles through

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What is Try Transit Week?

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What is Try Transit Week? Try Transit Week, which takes place from September 19 – 23, 2011, is a statewide event sponsored by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to encourage everyone to avoid driving solo and give transit options such as bus, rail, carpools, vanpools and telework a try. How does

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Obama Calls for Swift Passage of SAFETEA-LU Extension

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President Obama urged Congress to pass an extension of the surface transportation authorization legislation before it expires Sept. 30. He explained the need to preserve and create jobs by investing in infrastructure. Acknowledging that the amount spent on infrastructure has decreased while the population of America has more than doubled, he urged for immediate renewal

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Local bus driver receives award for service ‘above and beyond’

By: James Clements – Editorial Columnist Published: August 15, 2011 » 0 Comments | Post a Comment “Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.” – Mac McCleary You see people doing all kinds of things while driving these days: eating lunch, talking on cell phones, watching

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DOT Selects Six U.S. Agencies for Transit Management Pilot Program

The Federal Transit Administration is inaugurating its Transit Asset Management pilot program and has selected six U.S. public transportation agencies to participate. Those agencies are Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board in San Carlos, CA, operator of Caltrain commuter rail; Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA); the Utah Transit Authority (UTA)

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Tide construction to end about $20M below revised budget

Posted to: Light Rail News Norfolk Traffic – Transportation Login or register to post comments Traffic cameras Live views of highways, tunnels and bridges around Hampton Roads ready to ride? The Tide begins accepting riders Friday at 6 a.m. There is no charge Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Starting Monday, passengers must pay a $1.50 fare.

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Southeast Va light rail system opens

Updated 03:37 p.m., Friday, August 19, 2011 NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Hampton Roads’ light-rail system was so popular in its debut Friday that officials announced they would give passengers even more time to ride the Tide for free. Rides originally were scheduled to be free through the weekend, but that period was extended until Aug. 28 because

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Flooded tracks? No power? Light rail plans are in place

Posted to: News Norfolk Traffic – Transportation Login or register to post comments Click a thumbnail to view the full-size image. Buy Pilot photos here. Close Gallery In order to get the best experience with our full-size images, you should enable JavaScript in your browser. A test train approaches the York Street/Freemason Station on Monday

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Father of Light Rail Randy Wright Feted by HRPTA

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Source: Mass Transit Magazine Aug. 19–For more than a decade, W. Randy Wright was a dogged and often lonely proponent for light rail. He jetted around the country, button-holing federal transit officials to tell them Norfolk was the perfect place for mass transit. He pored over light-rail budgets, made frequent suggestions on design changes and

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The Tide Light Rail Photos on Public Launch Day – set 2

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Thanks to Keith Parnell for the photo set.

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The Tide Light Rail Photos on Public Launch Day – set 1

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Thanks to Archie Whitehill for the photo set.

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Connaughton: State eyeing new revenue streams for road projects

File By: Kipp Hanley Published: August 17, 2011 » 3 Comments | Post a Comment WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Virginia is looking to address its transportation issues as best they can through a variety of measures, according to Commonwealth Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton. The former Prince William Board of County Supervisors chairman told a Prince William

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Who’s lining up for Norfolk’s light rail?

Posted to: Light Rail News Norfolk Traffic – Transportation Login or register to post comments Click a thumbnail to view the full-size image. Buy Pilot photos here. Close Gallery In order to get the best experience with our full-size images, you should enable JavaScript in your browser. Mike Frazier bought his home on Marshall Avenue,

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Transit agencies hike fares, cut services to offset less government funding, APTA says

Public transit systems are faced with cutting services and hiking fares — on top of similar steps enacted during the past budget cycle — to deal with less funding assistance from state and local governments, according to a new study by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Nearly 80 percent of public transit agencies implemented

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Residents Issue Plea for Public Transportation in South Boston

Written by Doug Ford 07:57 am 08/10/11 Two South Boston residents came before town council Monday night to air their concerns over a shortage of public transportation. Kim Bucknam, an Irish Street resident, told council she and other residents lacked individual transportation options others take for granted, such as access to an automobile. She, along

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Let’s Meet Friday Morning at the Newtown Road Light Rail Station

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The HRPTA members will be gathering at The Tide’s Newtown Road light rail station on Friday morning beginning at 5:30 AM. We will be there to talk light rail, public transportation, and hear your ideas and thoughts on light rail in Hampton Roads. Stop by and say hi.

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The Tide Begins To Roll in Norfolk on Friday

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Source: Virginia Business Norfolk makes history Friday when it begins the official operation of The Tide, Virginia’s first light rail system. Twenty years in the making, the 7.4-mile, public-transit system puts the Hampton Roads port city into an elite category, with only 34 other cities in the country boasting light rail. “We are in fact

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The TIDE….ALL ABOARD

The Tide Opening Weekend Schedule ofEvents and ActivitiesThis is a list of events as currently scheduled http://www.norfolk.gov/light_rail/pdf/Opening_Events_Schedule.pdf   For a complete and up-to-date list, visit www.norfolk.gov

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HRT Bus Route 9 Change

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Source: HRT Effective: Monday, August 15, 2011 Dear HRT Customers, Starting Monday, August 15, 2011, Route 9 will make changes to improve its ontime performance. Trips traveling from Evelyn T. Butts and Avenue “J” to Cedar Grove, Monday to Thursday from 5:48 a.m. to 10:18 p.m.(Friday until 11:18p.m.), will continue to depart at :18 and

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HRT Bus Route 6 Change

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Source: HRT Effective: Sunday, August 14, 2011 Dear HRT Customers, Starting August 14, 2011, Route 6 will provide service to South Norfolk on Sundays. New Sunday service on Route 6 will travel between Cedar Grove and 20th Street/Seaboard Avenue via Berkley Avenue and Liberty Street hourly from 5:52 am to 6:43 pm. For more information,

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Don’t Miss These HRT Bus Service Line Changes Supporting The Tide Light Rail

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Source: HRT Norfolk, Va. – Beginning Sunday, August 7, Hampton Roads Transit customers will see significant changes to Southside bus service designed to support the start of light rail service on Aug. 19. Eighteen bus routes will provide service to six of the 11 Tide light rail stations. The remaining stations are designed as walk-up stations

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HRPTA to Hold Reception to Celebrate the Launch of The Tide

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bruce Watts Phone: 757-650-0361 Email: info@hrpta.com HRPTA to Hold Reception to Celebrate the Launch of The Tide Norfolk, July 29, 2011 – The Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance (HRPTA) will host a celebration reception to mark the grand opening of the light rail system, The Tide. Guests Mayor Paul Fraim and

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Charlotte vs. Norfolk: Light-rail lines on same track?

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Source: HRT By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot © August 9, 2011 It’s standing room only during morning and evening rush hours, and often at lunchtime, on Charlotte’s 9-1/2-mile light-rail line that runs between the city center and the suburbs. The train takes passengers, for a fare of $1.75, past the business district, convention center, sports

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Harbor Park Multimodal Transfer Station Kicks Off

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Source: Inside Business Norfolk has scaled back its plan for a rail, bus and ferry hub, originally costing $16 million. Instead, the city has set aside $3 million in this year’s budget, which began July 1, for a multimodal transfer station adjacent to Harbor Park. “The budgeted amount should allow the city to construct the

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NSU Student on The Tide

Posted By HR Partnership on August 8, 2011 wordpress plugins and themes automotive,business,crime,health,life,politics,science,technology,travel By Arielle Arroyo, rising senior at Norfolk State University (Class of 2012) and summer intern at the Virginia Port Authority and Hampton Roads Partnership NEXT: The Tide: Community & Business Briefing will be hosted Wednesday, August 10, at 6pm in the New

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ALL ABOARD THE TIDE

As the 19th of August approaches, excitement builds up to ride the well awaited TIDE light rails! Many citizens, companies and community organizations are planning to ride The Tide during the weekend launch.  This is a historical event that will take place and people are anxious to be a part of such an event! August

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50Tons of Responsibility

The cab of a light-rail train has no steering wheel, no brake pedal and no gas pedal. Controlling the vehicle is one lever, aptly named the master controller. Push it forward and the train accelerates. Pull it back and the train slows. In the middle, the train coasts. Because it runs on tracks, there’s no

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HRT Is The Way To Go!

Hampton Roads Transit subscribe Highlights   Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), the regional transportation system, makes seeing Norfolk’s sights and attractions easy for visitors, meeting planners, and business travelers. Hampton Roads Transit is a regional system, providing transit routes and connections within and between the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, and

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Small Communities Use of City Transit

Chapel Hill NC Transit Chapel Hill, NC is a relatively small community and therefore relatively easy to navigate. Though many residents prefer to travel via private automobile, there are many who prefer to use the city transportation. From bus routes to taxi cabs, the Chapel Hill, NC transit system is both convenient and cost effective.

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Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Eastern Virginia Medical School & Norfolk Southern Corp Ride The Tide for FREE!

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Source: HamptonRoads.com Colleges, Norfolk Southern paying lump sums for HRT rides By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot © July 27, 2011 NORFOLK Students and faculty at Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School will be able to ride light rail, buses and ferries for free. So can Norfolk Southern Corp. employees. Hampton

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HRT Light Rail Feeder Bus Testing Schedule

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Effective: Sunday, August 7, 2011 Dear HRT Customers, Please be advised of the following: Starting Sunday, August 7, 2011 through Thursday, August 18, 2011, Routes 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 44, 45, 960, 961, 967 and new Route 16 will perform light rail feeder bus testing to select light

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Richmond Times-Dispatch Touts Norfolk’s Light Rail

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The Tide light rail system will open on August 19th in Norfolk. Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) is expecting close to 3,000 riders per day on the exciting light rail service. Let us know what you think about The Tide here. Source: HRT Light-rail Tide rolls in Norfolk By PETER BACQUÉ | Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: July

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Video Tour of Inside The Tide Light Rail Cars, HRT Control Center and The Tide Maintenance Garage

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City Council members climb aboard The Tide, the City of Norfolk’s Light Rail line for a ride to the Operations center and garage. The Tide opens to the public on August 19, 2011.

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What do you think about The Tide?

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Let us know in the comments below what you think about Norfolk’s new light rail system, The Tide. The Tide is scheduled begin service on August 19, 2011. How will you use The Tide in your daily life? How will your business benefit from The Tide? While Northern Virginia has several lines of the Washington,

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August HRT Bus Service Changes

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Source: HRT Effective: Sunday, August 7, 2011 Dear HRT Customers, Please be advised of the following service changes starting Sunday, August 7,2011. New schedules will be available for all time and route changes. Route 2 Hampton Blvd. Route 2 will be modified to provide service to the Fort Norfolk/EVMC TIDE station and no longer provide

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Norfolk Business Owners Hope The Tide Will Bring a Wave of New Customers

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Source: WVEC by Philip Townsend WVEC.com Posted on July 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM NORFOLK – Businesses in downtown Norfolk are meeting with Hampton Roads Transit officials to discuss the economic impact of the new Tide light rail. The Tide is less than a month away from opening its doors to the public and it’s

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VDOT to Host Citizen Information Meetings for Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Environmental Impact Statement

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Source: VDOT Meetings Scheduled in Norfolk and Hampton on July 18 and 19, Respectively RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host citizen information meetings regarding the agency’s study of the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) corridor from I-664 in Hampton to I-564 in Norfolk (approximately 11 miles). The purpose of

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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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HRT to Norfolk Riders: No More Freebies on the NET Bus

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Source: PilotOnline.com By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot © July 13, 2011 Free shuttle-bus service through downtown will end next month, when Hampton Roads Transit and the city launch light rail and revamp the NET shuttle to better connect Ghent to downtown and the rail line. Beginning Aug. 19, when The Tide opens, HRT will charge

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Wondering What Will Happen to Light Rail During Flooding?

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Source: HRT by Cleve Bryan WVEC.com NORFOLK — The recent heavy rains have raised concern about Norfolk’s light rail and its dependability during and after storms. According to Hampton Roads Transit, light rail trains can’t pass through six inches or more of standing water. HRT says elevating the track above any kind of flood level

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HRT Proposes New Route and Cost Structure for NET Bus in Norfolk

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To friends who live, work, worship, eat, or play in Ghent or downtown Norfolk: HRT and the city of Norfolk are planning a new route for the NET bus to help us connect with light rail, ferry, downtown and Ghent. See the details here: http://www.gohrt.com/public-hearing/2011/net-310/net-connector.pdf Note: the NET will have a fare like any other

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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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The Tide: A Briefing for Business

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You’re Invited. The Tide light rail will create new opportunities for your business, customers and employees. Join us for operations and safety updates, and continental breakfast. The Tide: A Briefing for Businesses July 20th, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA Representatives will be on hand to answer your questions. Topics include Connector

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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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Wondering What Transportation Projects Are Funded or Proposed for Hampton Roads?

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Download the Hampton Roads 2034 Long-range Transportation Plan / Transportation Project Priorities full plan document (75.4 MB) here, produced by our friends at the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization. The Hampton Roads 2034 Long-range Transportation Plan / Transportation Project Priorities summary document (1.2 MB) can be downloaded here. Tip for Hampton Roads tunnel followers: The Patriots

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HRT Estimates 2,900 People Each Day on The Tide

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Source: Inside Business By Bill Cresenzo bill.cresenzo@insidebiz.com HRT talks up light-rail line downtown Now that a firm date of Aug. 19 has been set for the start of Norfolk’s $338 million light rail, Hampton Roads Transit wants to make sure people actually ride it, particularly into downtown. To that end, Ron Hodges, HRT’s director of

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USDOT: $175M in Transit Grants On The Way

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Source: Progressive Railroading Daily News USDOT to provide $175 million in transit grants Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced plans to provide up to $175 million in “livability” grants to help urban, suburban and rural communities develop transit options. The grant program will begin accepting applications next week, USDOT officials said in a

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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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Hampton Roads Citizens Are Excited About Light Rail Start

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Source: HRT Officials stress safety in Norfolk Updated: Monday, 27 Jun 2011, 9:35 AM EDT Published : Monday, 27 Jun 2011, 9:06 AM EDT NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Light rail cars could be seen over the weekend in Norfolk as Hampton Roads Transit readies for the August launch date. The Tide will open to passengers

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Norfolk Mayor, City Council, Officials Ride The Tide Light Rail

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Source: HRT – Norfolk officials take a spin on light rail By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot © June 22, 2011 NORFOLK City Council members who took their first ride on The Tide light rail Tuesday said they liked what they saw. “It has a big-city feel,” Andy Protogyrou said. “And the views are unparalleled.” “I’ve

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Driver Makes Wrong Turn and Gets Stuck on Light Rail Track

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How do we avoid this from happening once The Tide light rail trains are running live? Report from HRT: NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – For the first time, a confused driver got stuck on the Norfolk light rail tracks. It didn’t take long for Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) workers to get to the scene, and figure

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HRT Light Rail Opening Date Press Announcement [video]

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Virginia’s first light rail system, The Tide, will open to the public on August 19, 2011 at 6 AM. Rides will be free to all through August 21, and begin carrying paying customers on Aug. 22 according to Hampton Roads Transit. Philip A. Shucet, President and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit, said all safety signal

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The Tide Light Rail Launch Date Is Set for August 22nd

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We are finally here. On August 22nd the light rail will officially open for business in Norfolk. By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot © June 21, 2011 NORFOLK After a year and a half of delays, passengers can finally board The Tide light-rail line Aug. 19 for a free three-day preview before regular paid service begins

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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 Long-Range Transportation Public Meeting, June 23, 2011

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The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization will host a 2034 long-range transportation plan public meeting on Thursday, June 23rd. 2034 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Public Meeting Date: June 23, 2011 Location: HRTPO Regional Building, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320 Time: 5:00 PM Accessible via HRT Route 15 The HRTPO invites you to join us

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Public Hearing Announced on the (free) NET Bus Changes

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Service changes are proposed for Route 310 and the Norfolk NET, the downtown shuttle services. HRT will hold public hearings on July 12, 2011 to solicit comments on the proposals and to provide advanced public notice as required by the Federal Transit Administration. With the introduction of The Tide light rail service in downtown Norfolk,

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No Date Set for Light Rail Start in Norfolk

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By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot © June 16, 2011 NORFOLK The president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit said Wednesday he’s not prepared to set an opening date for Norfolk’s long anticipated light-rail line despite vowing to do so by June 15. Philip Shucet said an announcement for opening The Tide could come as early

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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.