HRT Looks to Extend Light Rail to Military CircleThen Pursue Bus Rapid Transit to Naval Station Norfolk

Hampton Roads Transit plans to pursue extending The Tide light rail to the Military Circle Redevelopment Area and invites the public to a conversation on the project.

A virtual meeting and three pop-up events at local transit sites in October will give commuters a place to come and learn more about the proposed project. It is currently in the study phase.

“Light rail serving the expanding Sentara Leigh Hospital campus and the redevelopment of Military Circle would give The Tide a solid anchor on its eastern end that supports access to jobs and economic development,” said Sam Sink, Director of Transit Development for HRT.

The project kicked off in 2019 to lay the foundation for an expansion of high-capacity transit in Hampton Roads and hosted public engagement opportunities in the winter of 2020 with various stakeholders.

An analysis has shown that two high-capacity transit projects on the eastern side of Norfolk warrant further evaluation – a light rail extension to Military Circle and a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line connecting the eastern end of the light rail line to Naval Station Norfolk. As the next phase of this project, HRT recommends conducting an environmental analysis in order to advance the light rail extension. HRT further recommends advancing BRT to Naval Station Norfolk in a future phase.

Learn where the project has been, where it’s going and how you can be involved. Through an online story map, participants can view information, graphics and maps that provide updates about the study and provide feedback by answering survey questions along the way.

The public can chat with project officials and complete a paper survey by stopping by one of the various pop-up tent meetings at HRT Bus Transit Centers.

Everyone is invited to learn more about the recent findings and next steps in the process at http://www.navalstationnorfolktransit.com or by visiting one of the tent meetings:

  • Monday, October 4 | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Wards Corner Transfer Station (Granby Street, Norfolk)
  • Tuesday, October 5 | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Military Circle Transfer Area (Ring Road, Norfolk)
  • Thursday, October 7 | 8:00 a.m. to Noon | Newtown Road Station (Newtown Road and Curlew Drive, Norfolk)

To view the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Corridor Project Virtual Meeting and provide your feedback, visit navalstationnorfolktransit.com.

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