HRT offering additional routes in Portsmouth, Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Hampton Roads Transit is offering more bus routes between Portsmouth and Norfolk.

The expanded service began Sunday and is geared toward helping people travel between the two cities faster and more frequently.

Travelers who use routes 44, 45 and 47 will see additional routes into the evenings and on weekends. Seven new buses are also available.

HRT also provided the following information on the routes:

  • Route 44 will now operate between Starmount Parkway and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with stops at Victory Crossing and High Street/Florida Avenue. Route 44 will service Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth Campus) Monday through Saturday after 7 p.m. Service to EVMC/Fort Norfolk light rail station and the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center will be discontinued and the Rt. 44 will now terminate at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Rt. 44 will operate until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • Rt. 45 will provide 15-minute peak hour service Mon.-Fri. from 6-9 a.m. and from 4-7 p.m.
  • Rt. 47 will provide 15-minute peak hour service between County and Court Streets and Village and Academy Monday through Friday from 6-8 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. All Monday through Saturday service will now operate until 10 p.m. and new Sunday service will be provided hourly from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We are thrilled that in a time of tight finances an innovative agreement with a private company will lead to more transit service under the river,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “This is a deal that benefits the transit community and the region at large because it gives people a real option other than driving.”

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