Transit Tourism – Norfolk, VA – Part 2

Westbound train headed towards the Eastern Virginia Medical Center. Photo taken by HARTride 2012. April, 2013.
A westbound LRT train on the Tide LRT Line, headed towards the Eastern Virginia Medical Center. Photo taken by HARTride 2012. April, 2013.

In my second installment of my transit experience in Norfolk, VA, I will go through what transit modes I used while visiting the city, and the observations I gathered while using them. In many respects, the Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) system has many similarities with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) system here in Tampa. Both districts operate their bus systems on a hub-spoke type system, where bus routes originate from centralized transfer centers. Both districts also have Gillig-made buses, including sleek new buses that were ordered within the last three years. Both districts are also experiencing the same funding issues when it comes to expanding services and bus fleets. However, the key difference between the cities of Tampa and Norfolk, is that Norfolk has light rail, something that Tampa has been vying to get for many, many years now.

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