Page Updated on 5/25/15.
The state of Virginia is home to many small and mid-size public transit agencies. Cities such as Norfolk, Richmond, and Alexandria all have decently sized transit systems that carry hundreds, if not thousands of customers each day. Within some jurisdictions that border the Washington D.C. area are services that are provided by the D.C. Metrobus and/or the D.C. Metro (Subway) systems.
While I could cover a lot more ground in the state of Virginia, my focus for the foreseeable future will be the Hampton Roads region. If you want to follow transit happenings (and unfortunate fails) throughout the D.C. metro area; please follow Unsuck DC Metro on Facebook and Twitter. They also have a blog, but it hasn’t been updated in almost two years.
In April of 2013, I took a trip to the Hampton Roads region to visit family and do some sightseeing. The area is home to wonderful beaches, quaint historic landmarks, and wonderful parks and scenery. Popular tourist destinations in the Hampton Roads area include the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, with all of its awesome shops, eateries, and beachfront goodness, and Busch Gardens in nearby Williamsburg (the other Busch Gardens park is in Tampa, FL).
The Hampton Roads area is also known for its large Naval presence; Norfolk is home to Naval Station Norfolk, which is the largest US Naval base in the world, Virginia Beach is home to Naval Air Station Oceana, Portsmouth is home to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and there are various support operations located throughout Hampton Roads.
There are two main public transit systems in the Hampton Roads area; Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) and Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA). HRT primarily operates in Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, while WATA primarily serves Williamsburg. Connections between the two systems are available.
Norfolk is also home to the state’s first light rail line, called The Tide. This 7.4 mile line opened on August 19, 2011 and it’s one year anniversary was celebrated on August 19, 2012. I got to take a ride aboard the line to get an experience using light rail and to see what light rail can do for the Tampa Bay area.
The city of Suffolk, which borders Portsmouth and Chesapeake to the southwest, has its own transit service…Suffolk Transit – which is contracted out to Virginia Regional Transit. Prior to January, 2012, Suffolk contracted with HRT to provide transit services to and from the city.
Note: Selecting the name of the transit district will take you to that district’s website.
- Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)
- Brief subsections on Williamsburg and Suffolk transit services will be created at a later time.
Stay tuned for further updates.