HRT approves new snow routes for buses

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton Roads Transit has approved a new plan to deal with heavy snow fall.

You may remember in January, HRT shut down bus service for several days, due to snow and ice. But as of Thursday, HRT’s governing board has approved snow routes.

According to a HRT press release, “the new snow routes are unique in that they combine elements of existing routes and are designated by a color rather than the customary route number.”

There are three snow routes on the Peninsula and eight on the Southside, all designated by separate colors. HRT is also making new signs to show where the routes are, and bus stops will be marked with a snowflake.

HRT says they developed the routes after making sure with officials in each city that the streets along the snow routes would be given priority by local snow plow crews.

“A snow route may seem unusual for a Southern city, but experience shows that even here winter storms can deliver a punch,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “This plan will provide a guidepost for our operations department to meet the needs of customers when the weather is not cooperating.”

The transit company’s goal is to connect cities with limited bus service, during snow emergencies.

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