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Trolleys with an old-fashioned look to return to Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH — Trolley cars will be returning to the Va. Beach Oceanfront. Tonight, Council said OK to a $1.4 million appropriation to buy 14 trolleys to shuttle people up and down Atlantic Avenue. Last year, City Council voted on the first installment of funding. City Council originally planned to purchase the trolley buses over [&hellip

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After I-264 shutdown, VDOT suspends tree contract

By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot © January 8, 2015 NORFOLK – A tree-trimming crew’s improperly secured truck boom brought down the power line that fell across Interstate 264 on Tuesday and stopped traffic in both directions for more than two hours at rush hour, a state highway department spokeswoman said. Before announcing those details, the Virginia [&hellip

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Along HRT Bus Routes, Patience is Key

By Travis Fain Daily Press Waiting is just a part of life when you’re on the bus. It’s nothing unusual for Tee Mears to spend an hour and a half getting to her job at a local hotel. Then she waits 20 minutes for her shift, because that’s how the schedule works out. Shy-tia Kirk [&hellip

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TCC, HRT make deal for student transit passes

By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot © December 12, 2014 NORFOLK – Tidewater Community College has struck an agreement with Hampton Roads Transit that will provide students with unlimited use of public transit for as little as $60 per semester. The deal marks TCC’s return to HRT’s popular GoPass365 program since the transit agency raised its prices. [&hellip

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HRT survey nets nearly 14,000 responses

NORFOLK — Hampton Roads Transit reported Monday that 13,830 respondents participated in the Connect Hampton Roads survey of regional transportation. The survey, which recorded participation from across the region, focused primarily on public transit, the factors that may encourage its use, and the amenities that customers envision as being necessary for a regional transit system. [&hellip

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Quality rapid transit is key

William Harrell and Del. Monty Mason Daily Press September 27, 2014 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx was in Richmond recently to make a major announcement. The City of Richmond and Henrico County have been awarded a $24.9 million grant toward design and construction of a bus rapid transit line. The project is being hailed [&hellip

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Move light rail forward

The Virginian-Pilot © September 12, 2014 In five months, Virginia Beach’s elected leaders are expected to decide whether to pursue a light rail extension into the city, and if so, where it will go. After years of studying costs and routes and ridership, after rejecting private companies’ bids to build light rail to Rosemont Road [&hellip

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What role does transit play in the region’s economy?

By William Harrell © September 7, 2014 I enjoyed reading “Slash fares on Norfolk’s Tide,” the Aug. 24 editorial in The Pilot. It suggested that the fare customers pay to ride The Tide be sharply reduced in an effort to boost ridership. The idea certainly must appeal to riders of The Tide, but granting them [&hellip

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Fourth Option for Town Center light rail station considered

By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot © August 29, 2014 Transit officials on Thursday unveiled a fourth possible site for a light-rail station at Virginia Beach’s Town Center and said they will soon announce cost and ridership estimates for the proposed Tide extension to the commercial district. A station just west of Independence Boulevard is now [&hellip

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In search of traction: A responsible course for regional mass transit

The argument over mass transit in Hampton Roads plays out time and again. Advocates point to congested area roadways and growing popular support for alternative transportation opinions as signals to proceed. Opponents cite the region’s unique geographic challenges and the cost of a comprehensive transit system as reasons for caution. Round and round we go. [&hellip

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