Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study


Hampton Roads Transit and the City of Norfolk are in the final phases of the early corridor planning process for a possible high capacity transit extension to Naval Station Norfolk. The work will define potential routes and transit modes in Norfolk that will link The Tide light rail system with the Navy base.

overview-video-thumbThe findings will be studied in more detail in a formal Federal environmental review process scheduled to begin in mid-2015.

A series of three public workshops have been held over the past 18 months to gather the public’s thoughts and ideas on the need for the project and the best potential corridors to meet that need. The results of those workshops produced a wide range of possible routes that have been evaluated against technical feasibility.

The routes have been narrowed down to include those most preferred by the public and those most technically sound. The meetings this month are intended to share the results of that work with the public and gain further pubic input that will lead to a final recommendation to the Norfolk City Council.

This corridor study has three planning phases. We have held public workshops intended to generate community involvement and allow citizens to freely express their ideas. The first workshops were held last June when the public identified six “themes” that were used as a foundation for the project’s “purpose and need.”

The second set of workshops in September helped define, also in broad terms, key points of interest in Norfolk and possible corridors linking them to The Tide. Using string and push pins, citizens worked together to identify corridors connecting key destinations. The work produced corridor maps you can see here: Alignment Concepts – maps Keep in mind the maps represent concepts only, not proposed transit routes.

FINAL NSNTES ProjectBaseMap_AlternativeAlignmentsPotentialStationAreas

During the third phase and accompanying workshops we asked participants to pick a preferred alignment as a means to narrow the possible choices. Again, no final alignment has been selected. But as the overall process proceeds, routes that are “fatally flawed,” for example routes requiring unreasonable feats of engineering or causing too much environmental damage, will be eliminated.

If you missed the workshops, you can still comment. Our public comment page – located here –  will allow you to comment directly to the study managers. Open City Hall, a service sponsored by the City of Norfolk, is another and we think pretty cool option because it allows comments to be read and shared by other citizens.  Click on the link below to see how.  Finally, to receive regular updates on the study, click here to sign up.


Oct. 20 | Ted Constant Center at Old Dominion University, 4320 Hampton Blvd. | Free parking available in the public garage located off 43rd Street. This meeting location is served by local bus routes 2 and 4.Oct. 23 | Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk. | This meeting location is served by local bus routes 1, 3, and 5.Oct. 27 | Kroc Center, 1401 Ballentine Blvd., Norfolk. | This meeting location is served by local bus routes 18, 23Oct. 30 | Tidewater Community College, Norfolk Campus, Student Center – 5th Floor, 300 Granby St. | This meeting location is near the temporary Downtown Norfolk Transit Center and is served by The Tide light rail.

October Meetings Scheduled | All meetings are from 6-7:30 p.m

Need to get caught up?

NSNTES Open City Hall

There are links below to all of the workshops. The YouTube link shows the June 2013 presentation. The project’s first two newsletters are listed below as well.

Letters of Support

Click here to view the NSNTES Letters of Support



Public Meetings

YouTube: Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study

Contact our study managers

Julie Timm
Transit Development Officer
Hampton Roads Transit
509 E. 18th St.
Norfolk, VA 23504
757-222-6000 ex. 6699
Jeff  Raliski
Long Range Planning Manager
City of Norfolk
Department of Planning
810 Union St., Room 508
Norfolk, VA  23510