Norfolk, Va. – Hampton Roads Transit said Monday it is grateful the Virginia General Assembly has designated April 29th as Light Rail Safety Day in Virginia.
After a unanimous vote in both chambers, the assembly’s joint resolution set the date to help all Virginians understand the importance of safety around light rail trains.
As noted in Senate Joint Resolution 331, The Tide is the first light rail system in the Commonwealth and marks the beginning of a new era for public transit in Hampton Roads. The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Ralph S. Northam, D-Norfolk and a member of HRT’s governing board.
“I am excited that light rail service will start in Norfolk, and I hope this designation will raise awareness about the importance of safety around the trains and tracks,” Northam said.
Citizens who interact with The Tide, including passengers, bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians, should do so safely by knowing and obeying important safety rules and avoiding risky and illegal behavior.
“HRT is grateful to the Virginia General Assembly for helping raise awareness about light rail safety,” said Philip A. Shucet, president and CEO of HRT. “Public awareness is a cornerstone of practicing safe behavior. Commemorating this day gives us another platform to remind people about the importance of paying attention to the rules of light rail safety.”
HRT is currently hosting a light rail safety poster contest for children ages 4 to12, and a video safety contest for adults and students ages 9-12. Contest winners will be announced on Light Rail Safety Day. Their work will be featured in the 2011 campaign “Light Rail Safety Starts with You!”
For more information on the contest or any HRT service, visit gohrt.com.