Hampton Roads Transit

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Hampton Roads Transit
HRT logo 2012.png
Founded 1999
Headquarters 3400 Victoria Blvd.
Hampton, VA
Locale Hampton Roads
Service area Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Smithfield
Service type bus service, light rail, ferry, carpool
Routes 71
Hubs Downtown Norfolk Transit Center (DNTC), Hampton Transportation Center (HTC), Newport News Transportation Center (NNTC)
Stations Rail: 11
Ferry: 3 (additional port at Harbor Park for baseball games)
Fleet Bus: 276
Rail: 9
Ferry: 3
Daily ridership 63,150(Weekday Daily)[1] as of August 2012
Fuel type Diesel, Diesel-electric
Chief executive William E. Harrell[2]
Website gohrt.com

Hampton Roads Transit "(HRT)", incorporated on October 1, 1999, began through the voluntary merger of PENTRAN (Peninsula Transportation District Commission) on the Virginia Peninsula and TRT (Tidewater Regional Transit a.k.a. Tidewater Transit District Commission) in South Hampton Roads and currently serves over 22 million annual passengers within its 369-square-mile (960 km2) service area around Hampton Roads. The purpose of the HRT is to provide reliable and efficient transportation service and facilities to the Hampton Roads community.

Hampton Roads is located in southeastern Virginia. The Hampton Roads metropolitan area has a population of 1.6 million.

Its service area consists of the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg) and the town of Smithfield. The entire service area population is 1.3 million. HRT also serves the area's major college campuses of Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Thomas Nelson Community College, and Tidewater Community College.

HRT logo used from 1999—2012

Effective January 1, 2012, the City of Suffolk, Virginia chose to withdraw from the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads and since, HRT no longer provides transit services within Suffolk.

Governance[edit]

Hampton Roads Transit is governed by the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR). The TDCHR was established in accordance with Chapter 45 of Title 15.2 of the Code of Virginia, as amended, referred to as the Transportation District Act of 1964 and by ordinances adopted by the governing bodies of its components governments.

The Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads, HRT’s governing body, consists of 13 members, one elected official and one citizen representative from each city served by Hampton Roads Transit, and the chairman of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), or a designee. The six Hampton Roads cities that participate rotate the chairmanship each year. The Honorable Richard W. “Rick” West (Chesapeake) is the current chairman.

There are five established committees that provide input to the governing body. These committees are listed below:

  • Executive Committee
  • Audit/Budget Review Committee
  • Operations & Oversight
  • Planning and New Start Development
  • Paratransit Committee
  • Commission Effectiveness (Ad-hoc)

Leadership[edit]

William E. Harrell is the current president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit.[3] Harrell went to Hampton Roads Transit from Chesapeake, Virginia, where he was the city manager since June 2007. Harrell replaced interim CEO Phillip A. Shucet on April 2, 2012.[4]

Phillip A. Shucet was hired in February 2010 as an interim CEO to help complete construction of The Tide light rail while the company searches for a permanent replacement for long-time executive director Michael Townes. Townes was pressured by the Board of Directors and ultimately agreed to step down after the revelation of a $100 million cost overrun and a one-year delay on Norfolk’s light-rail starter line, which has been named "The Tide". Shortly previously, Townes had been criticized for his handling of an employee embezzlement scheme. While he had not been directly involved in the earlier problem, a majority of the board members cited poor management and communication on his part in calling for him to step down.[5]

Funding[edit]

Hampton Roads Transit has no dedicated revenue source. Funding for service is provided with federal, state and local funding provided by member jurisdictions and farebox revenues. Local funding is provided based on the Cost Allocation Agreement - each city establishes how much service will be provided within its borders based on how much it is willing to pay for those services after all federal, state, and farebox revenues are applied. This means that the numbers of routes, service frequency, and service coverage areas as operated by Hampton Roads Transit are determined in each city during the annual budgetary cycle.

Corporate Time-Line[edit]

NOTE: This section begins with the introduction of rubber-tired buses to the transit operations in Hampton and Newport News, following many years of public transit service performed earlier and during the transition by horse-drawn and electrically powered streetcars utlilizing rails imbedded in the streets and roads of the area.

Year Activity Cities served
1944 The Virginia Transit Company begins operating rubber-wheeled bus service in Hampton Roads. Norfolk, VA
1945 The Citizens Rapid Transit Company begins operating rubber-wheeled bus service on the Virginia Peninsula, thus ending an era of streetcar service in Hampton Roads. Newport News, VA and Hampton, VA
January 1973 Tidewater Regional Transit (TRT) service begins, with the creation of the Tidewater Transportation District Commission (TTDC); and acquires the Virginia Transit Company, Norfolk Division TRT service begins in Norfolk and Virginia Beach
January 1974 Peninsula Transportation District Commission (PTDC) created
April 1975 PENTRAN service begins, as the PTDC acquires the Citizens Rapid Transit Company PENTRAN service begins in Newport News and Hampton
May 1975 The TTDC acquires the Community Motor Bus Company of Portsmouth TTDC expands, with TRT service to Portsmouth, VA
1977 James City County Transit begins service within Colonial Williamsburg and James City County, Virginia Williamsburg, VA not yet served by PENTRAN, nor TRT until 2004.
late-1970s/early-1980s Service expansion to Chesapeake, VA, including communities such as South Norfolk, Great Bridge, Western Branch, Deep Creek and to the newly opened Greenbrier Mall Chesapeake, VA
early-1990s Service expansion to Suffolk, VA, exclusively to Tidewater Community College and downtown Suffolk Suffolk, VA
1997 Crossroads service begins, linking the Virginia Peninsula cities with South Hampton Roads with local bus service for the first time in the region since special tunnel buses were discontinued many years earlier.
October 1, 1999 TRT merges with PENTRAN and forms Hampton Roads Transit (HRT). HRT begins with bus service already existing in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, and Suffolk.
June 2008 The MAX (Metro Area Express) began service with eight routes linking all six Hampton Roads Cities. Norfolk (Norfolk Naval Base, Downtown Norfolk), Virginia Beach (Silverleaf, Oceanfront), Chesapeake (Greenbrier Mall, Chesapeake Square Mall), Portsmouth (Downtown, Victory Crossing, Newport News (Transit Center, Northrop Grumman), and Hampton (Transit Center).
August 2011 Virginia's first light rail line Tide Light Rail opens to the public. Passengers were offered free rides from the August 19th grand opening until August 28. More than 30,000 people rode the Tide the first day.[6] EVMC/Ft. Norfolk, York St./Freemason, Monticello Avenue, MacArthur Square, Harbor Park, Norfolk State University, Ballentine/Broad Creek, Ingleside, Military Highway, and Newtown Road.
January 2012 City of Suffolk withdrew contract with HRT to operate public transit in Suffolk.[7]

Bus fleet[edit]

The HRT fleet inventory as of August 1, 2011 consisted of 302 vehicles, including 255 diesel buses, 37 hybrid buses and 10 trolley-style buses. The majority of the fleet, a total of 280 buses, were manufactured by Gillig. The HRT fleet also includes 12 Optima buses and 10 Trolley-style buses manufactured by Chance. HRT acquired 11 Gillig hybrids in June 2011 to replace the Chance trolleys.

Hampton Roads Transit's Bus Fleet were originally decorated with all white buses with a two line blue & green wave from the system's former(T) logo which is similar to math's approximate (≈) symbol. New buses since 2006 have a wave going from the back, then becomes smooth through the front and have frameless windows. All Hybrids and the two 2006 Optima Opus' are in the blue background. All MAX buses have a silver background with sky blue & solid blue wave colors. Select buses which had the two-line wave logo have been repainted with the newer back wave design and the exterior window rows are painted black around the windows to resemble the newer buses. In 2012, over 200 buses will be repainted into the silver/blue wave style like the MAX brand with the agency's new stripe logo.

Number Year Model Image Length Engine model Transmission Fuel Garage Notes
901 - 933 1993 Orion 05.501 40 feet (12.19 m) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 Diesel 18th St. Norfolk
934 - 949 1995 Orion 05.501 40 feet (12.19 m) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison B400R Diesel 18th St. Norfolk
  • As of August 2011, all have been retired.
501 - 534 1995 Gillig Phantom 40 feet (12.19 m) Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
18th St. Norfolk
  • As of August 2011, all have been retired.
1201–1229 1999 Gillig Low Floor 35 feet (10.67 m) Cummins ISC Voith D864.5 Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
18th St. Norfolk
Last buses under Pentran and TRT.
1230–1239 2000 Gillig Phantom 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISC Voith D864.5 Diesel 18th St. Norfolk First buses purchased under HRT.
1240–1263 2001 Gillig Phantom 35 feet (10.67 m) Cummins ISC Voith D864.5 Diesel 18th St. Norfolk
1301–1305 2000 Gillig Low Floor 29 feet (8.84 m) Cummins ISC Voith D864.5 Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
1400–1409 2001 Chance Opus 30 feet (9.14 m) Cummins ISB Diesel 18th St. Norfolk Several have been refurbished in 2013.
1500–1516 2002 Gillig Low Floor 35 feet (10.67 m) Cummins ISC Voith D864.5 Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
18th St. Norfolk
1600–1614 2002 Gillig Low Floor 29 feet (8.84 m) Cummins ISC Voith D864.5 Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
18th St. Norfolk
1700–1715 2003 Gillig Phantom 35 feet (10.67 m) Cummins ISC Voith D864.5 Diesel 18th St. Norfolk
1800–1810 2004 Gillig Phantom 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.3 Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
18th St. Norfolk
First coach-style buses purchased by HRT.
1900–1909 2004 Gillig Low Floor 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
18th St. Norfolk
First 40-foot low floor buses. 1901 has lighted up stop sign at the rear.
2000–2020 2006 Gillig Low Floor 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Diesel 18th St. Norfolk First buses with frameless windows
1410–1416 2006 Optima Opus 30 feet (9.14 m) Cummins ISB Diesel 18th St. Norfolk 1415 & 1416 are the system's first blue background colors, originally test buses for shuttles, however they are used for any regular route in the system.
2021–2039 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
18th St. Norfolk
2007 Startrans Candidate Ford 21 feet (6.40 m) For HRT's "Handi-Ride" service for disabled patrons
3000 - 3025 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Clean Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
18th St. Norfolk
Coach styling
MAX buses
4000 - 4023 2008 Gillig BRT Hybrid 29 feet (8.84 m) Cummins ISB-02 Allison EP40 hybrid system Diesel-Electric Hybrid Virginia Beach Trolley Base
18th St. Norfolk
First hybrids purchased by HRT, usually found in Virginia Beach.

Buses 4015-4023 are the BRT roofed hybrids used for Downtown Norfolk's NET shuttle.

2040–2046 2008 Gillig Low Floor 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Clean Diesel 18th St. Norfolk First buses with square sided windows on bus doors
3026 - 3035 2008 Gillig Low Floor 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Clean Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
18th St. Norfolk
Coach styling
MAX Express Buses, also equipped with cargo attachments above some seats.
4024-4025 2009 Gillig BRT Hybrid 29 feet (8.84 m) Cummins ISB-02 Allison EP40 hybrid system Diesel-Electric Hybrid Virginia Beach Trolley Base
2010 Startrans Candidate Ford 21 feet (6.40 m) For HRT's "Handi-Ride" service for disabled patrons
2047–2052 2011 Gillig Low Floor 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Clean Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton
4026-4036 2011 Gillig BRT Hybrid 29 feet (8.84 m) Cummins ISB-02 Allison EP40 hybrid system Diesel-Electric Hybrid Virginia Beach Trolley Base Newest Hybrid shuttle buses on HRT's fleet
5000-5008 2012 Gillig Low Floor 35 feet (10.67 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Clean Diesel 18th St. Norfolk First buses manufactured with the new logo.
5009-5013 2013 Gillig Low Floor 35 feet (10.67 m) Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Clean Diesel Victoria Blvd Hampton Newest regular service buses on HRT's Peninsula fleet.
5101-5107 2014 Nova Bus LFS 40 feet (12.19 m) Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Newest regular service buses on HRT's Southside fleet. Designated specifically for Routes 44, 45, and 47 as part of an effort to improve service along the three routes. Such improvements are being carried out as part of HRT's agreement with Elizabeth River Tunnels.

On July 18, 2011, it was announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has signed an umbrella contract with New Flyer Industries for the provision of buses to any Virginia transit authority.[8] It remains to be seen whether or not the contract will include buses for HRT, but highly unlikely due to their contract for Gillig buses.

Light rail fleet[edit]

The Tide Light Rail began service on August 19, 2011 with nine of the trainsets entering to revenue service.

Number Year Model Image Length Width Traction Motors Garage Notes
401-409 2009 Siemens Avanto Light Rail Delivered on October 2009-used since August 2011 when The Tide Light Rail began service.

Other fleet[edit]

HRT has three ferries, with two operating in the peak periods. HRT owns a total of 33 paratransit vans. HER is also leasing an additional 54 paratransit vans from its contractor to meet service requirements. HER owns 74 vanpool vehicles for its Traffix Vanpool Program.

Primary services[edit]

HRT operates 64[9] local fixed routes and seven express bus routes[10] in the region.

Route list[edit]

Southside Routes

  • 1 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Ocean View/Pembroke East
  • 2 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Old Dominion University/Naval Station
  • 3 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Ocean View Station/Naval Station
  • 4 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Old Dominion University
  • 5 Evelyn Butts & J/Willoughby Spit
  • 6 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/South Norfolk/Robert Hall Blvd
  • 8 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Evelyn Butts & J (via Tidewater Drive)
  • 9 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Evelyn Butts & J (via Sewells Point Road)
  • 11 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Colonial Place
  • 12 South Norfolk/Tidewater Community College-Virginia Beach
  • 13 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Campostella/Robert Hall Blvd
  • 14 Robert Hall Blvd/Battlefield/Tidewater Community College-Chesapeake
  • 15 Evelyn Butts & J/Robert Hall Boulevard/Greenbrier Mall
  • 16 Old Dominion University/Ft Norfolk Light Rail Station/Colley Ave
  • 17 Downtown Norfolk NET Loop
  • 18 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Ballentine Blvd
  • 20 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  • 21 Naval Station/Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
  • 22 Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story/Newtown Road Light Rail Station
  • 23 Ft Norfolk Light Rail Station/Military Circle/Military Hwy Light Rail Station
  • 25 Military Circle/Princess Anne/Tidewater Community College-Virginia Beach/Virginia Beach Municipal Center
  • 26 Tidewater Community College-Virginia Beach/Lynnhaven Mall/Oceana West
  • 27 Pleasure House Rd/Newtown Road Light Rail Station
  • 29 Pleasure House Rd/Lynnhaven Mall-Virginia Beach
  • 33 North Seashore/Municipal Center/Tidewater Community College-Virginia Beach
  • 36 Holland Rd/Pembroke East/Tidewater Community College-Virginia Beach
  • 41 Downtown Portsmouth/Cradock/Victory Crossing
  • 43 Downtown Portsmouth/Midtown Wal-Mart via Parkview & London Blvd
  • 44 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Ft. Norfolk Light Rail Station/Midtown Portsmouth/Chesapeake Square Mall/Starmount Pkwy
  • 45 Downtown Norfolk Transit Center/Downtown Portsmouth/Victory Crossing/Tidewater Community College-Portsmouth
  • 47 Downtown Portsmouth/Churchland/Lakeview Ind Park
  • 50 Academy Park/Victory Crossing
  • 57 Robert Hall Blvd/Airline Boulevard
  • 58 South Norfolk/Bainbridge Boulevard/Robert Hall Blvd

Peninsula Routes

  • 64 Smithfield/Gwaltney-Northrup/Downtown Newport News
  • 101 Downtown Newport News/Kecoughton-Downtown Hampton
  • 102 Peninsula Town Center/Downtown Hampton
  • 103 Downtown Newport News/Shell Rd-Downtown Hampton
  • 104 Downtown Newport News/Newmarket
  • 105 Maple Ave/Briarfield-Peninsula Town Center
  • 106 Newport News-Warwick Blvd/Fort Eustis
  • 107 Newport News-Warwick Blvd/Denbigh
  • 108 Patrick Henry Mall/Lee Hall (via Warwick Blvd.)
  • 109 Downtown Hampton/Buckroe
  • 110 Downtown Hampton/Thomas Nelson Community College
  • 111 Thomas Nelson Community College/Riverside/Denbigh
  • 112 Downtown Newport News-Jefferson/Riverside Hospital/Christopher Newport University
  • 114 Newmarket/Weaver Rd-Downtown Hampton
  • 115 Buckroe/Willow Oaks/Downtown Hampton
  • 116 Lee Hall/Patrick Henry Mall (via Jefferson Avenue)
  • 117 Phoebus/Hampton University/VA Hospital
  • 118 Langley/Semple Farm Rd
  • 119 Patrick Henry Mall-Thimble Shoals Blvd/Oyster Point
  • 120 Downtown Hampton-Mallory/Buckroe
  • 121 Patrick Henry Mall-Williamsburg/Newport News

Peninsula Commuter Routes

  • 403 Buckroe/NGSB Commuter
  • 405 Buckroe/NNTC Commuter
  • 412 The ARC Commuter
  • 414 NNTC-Jefferson/Oakland Commuter
  • 415 NNTC-Denbigh Commuter
  • 427 Denbigh Night Commuter
  • 430 Denbigh Fringe Commuter

MAX Express Routes

  • 918 Virginia Beach-Naval Station (Staff College)
  • 919 Virginia Beach-Naval Station
  • 922 Chesapeake-Virginia Beach-Naval Station Norfolk
  • 960 Virginia Beach-Norfolk
  • 961 Newport News-Hampton-Norfolk
  • 965 Patrick Henry Mall-Naval Station Norfolk
  • 967 Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Chesapeake-Newport News

Other services[edit]

Handi-Ride[edit]

Handi-Ride is HRT's ADA Paratransit service, and is available within 3/4 of a mile of regularly scheduled bus routes. Fare is $3.00. Certification and reservations are required. Reservation hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Reservations must be made no later than 5:00 PM the day before you need transportation and you can reserve a ride up to 3 days in advance, at this time.[11]

TRAFFIX[edit]

TRAFFIX is a service provided by Hampton Roads Transit. It encourages citizens throughout Hampton Roads to use alternative forms of transportation that reduces use of single occupancy vehicles. TRAFFIX oversees and promotes regional commuter initiatives, including carpooling and telecommuting, by reaching out to area employers. Some of its key clients include the U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman, Wal-mart, and Canon. To date, TRAFFIX has removed nearly 800 vehicles off the road and has saved consumers over 600,000 gallons of gas and over $1.8 million in vehicle related expenses.

Ferry service[edit]

one of three paddlewheel ferries docked at Waterside Festival Marketplace

HRT's Paddlewheel Ferry is a system of three 150-passenger paddle-wheel ferry boats: The Elizabeth River Ferry II, Elizabeth Ferry III, and the James C. Echols. The Ferry travels between North Landing and High Street in Portsmouth and downtown Norfolk at The Waterside and Harbor Park.

The Ferry operates every 30 minutes, with 15-minute service at peak times on weekends. The Ferry is wheelchair accessible and allows boarding passengers to board with their bicycles. The general cost to board the ferry is $1.50, and 75 cents for seniors and disabled patrons.

The Ferry is three blocks from Downtown Portsmouth's bus transfer area at County St & Court St

Downtown Loop[edit]

The Downtown Loop, formally known as Norfolk Electric Transit or NET is the complimentary downtown bus service provided by the City of Norfolk and operated by Hampton Roads Transit. Service, using 29-foot Gillig BRT Hybrid buses, connects the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center with the major employment sites downtown.

As of July 6, 2014, the NET (Route 17) has been eliminated due to low ridership.[12] Buses will likely be distributed to other routes, such as the Virginia Beach WAVE.

Virginia Beach Wave[edit]

The VB Wave runs through the main areas of Virginia Beach.

Route 30 Atlantic Ave (May 1-October 2 8am-2am, About every 15 minutes) which serves all the stops along the Atlantic Avenue boardwalk, This includes the Old Coast Guard Station Museum, the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, plus the north beaches HRT transfer.

Route 31 Museum Express (Daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day 8am-2am, About every 15 minutes) Serves the Virginia Aquarium, Ocean Breeze Waterpark, Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center, Holiday Trav-L-Park Campground, and KOA Campground.

Route 32 Shoppers Express (Daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day 10am-9pm, About every hour) Serves the Shops at Hilltop, and ends at Lynnhaven Mall.

VB Wave Service Fares: Adults/Children $1.00 Child (under 38" tall) Free Seniors, patrons with disabilities and Medicare card holders $0.50 Farecard holders for regular bus routes:[13]

MAX (Metro Area Express)[edit]

MAX bus on Interstate 664

The MAX is the first regional express service connecting all of Hampton Roads. The bus service uses dedicated Gillig buses equipped with coach-style seating to make a more comfortable ride. All MAX buses are equipped with Wi-Fi. The routes connect area Park and Ride lots to Downtown Norfolk and other major employment locations in the area. There are two other express routes (Routes 64 and 121) that are not branded as MAX routes, although Route 121 often uses MAX buses.

Projects under development[edit]

The Tide (Completed August 2012)[edit]

Main article: Tide Light Rail

The Tide, Norfolk's Light Rail System, runs from Eastern Virginia Medical School through downtown Norfolk to Newtown Road (near Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital). The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on December 8, 2007.[14] Primary construction began in early 2008, and the Tide became fully operational on August 19, 2011. The first train set arrived on October 6, 2009.[15]

Other projects including the Virginia Beach Extension Study and Peninsula Rapid Transit Project[edit]

http://www.gohrt.com/about/development/vbtes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hampton Roads Transit Performance Dashboard | Gohrt.com". Gohrt.com. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  2. ^ "William E. Harrell hired as HRT’s new President/CEO | Gohrt.com". Gohrt.com. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ "William E. Harrell | Gohrt.com". Gohrt.com. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  4. ^ / "William E. Harrell hired as HRT’s new President/CEO | Gohrt.com". Gohrt.com. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  5. ^ "HRT head Michael Townes, under fire, agrees to retire | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com". HamptonRoads.com. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  6. ^ "30,000 people rode the Tide opening day| Gohrt.com". Gohrt.com. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Bus service changes in Suffolk| Gohrt.com". Gohrt.com. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  8. ^ New Flyer Announces Second Quarter 2011 Orders and Backlog
  9. ^ [1]. Retrieved November 17, 2009. Archived April 23, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ [2]. Retrieved November 17, 2009. Archived February 27, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Starting in December 2011, a new delivery system utilizing a mixed use of taxis, involving local taxi companies and dedicated Handi-Ride buses was implemented. This transformation was the result of Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc.'s Frank Azzalina approaching HRT CEO Philip Shucet, and proposing that significant savings in paratransit could be realized if a mixed-use strategy was administered. After a long period of fleet, and routing optimization analysis occurred, the program was eventually put in place. According to the Virginia Pilot - HRT estimates the changes will result in reducing costs by about $500,000 a year, or about $1.25 million for the remainder of its contract with MV Transportation, the company that operates Handi-Ride. The fleet of paratransit buses was trimmed from 87 to 33.
  12. ^ http://www.gohrt.com/customer-alerts/july-service-changes-2/ July 6, 2014 Service Changes - Hampton Roads Transit
  13. ^ [3] Archived February 27, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ [4][dead link]
  15. ^ "Twitter / 10 On Your Side: Norfolk just unveiled "The". Twitter.com. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 

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