Imagine a future with a variety of ways to get around Hampton Roads. The goal is to support outcomes that are essential to the region’s long-term success.
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Gloria Ann Whittico: Robust regional transportation is of paramount importance for the growth of our economy, responsible stewardship of the environment, and the quality of life in our communities. I support the mission of Connect Hampton Roads by using public transportation as my primary mode of travel. Robust regional transportation is of paramount importance for the growth of our economy, responsible stewardship of the environment, and the quality of life in our communities. I support the mission of Connect Hampton Roads by using public transportation as my primary mode of travel. Read More
- Regional population is expected to exceed 2 million by 2040.
- It is essential for the region to effectively and efficiently connect workers to jobs.
- Research shows the so-called "Millennial" generation (those born after 1981 who will be a major part of the workforce) prefer to live and work in areas with quality public transportation options. 54% of Millennials report they would consider moving to a new city if it offered and wider and better range of transportation options.
- Meanwhile, the number of persons age 65 and Better in Hampton Roads is expected to grow more than 80% by 2040, increasing demand for affordable and accessible transportation choices. Access to quality transit is an important mobility issue for this segment of our population.
Hampton Roads does not currently compare well with many cities and regions around the United States when it comes to attracting and retaining the workforce needed for a strong knowledge-based economy – Hampton Roads ranks in the bottom fifth of metro areas in attracting young, college-educated people. These workers are necessary for new business clusters the region can benefit from growing.
Across the United States, transit has been shown to play a key role in supporting high growth business clusters.
Connect Hampton Roads will have the potential to transform how we connect people and places across the region. To accomplish this and thrive in the new economy, a balanced and integrated mix of transportation solutions will be necessary. This includes having a robust, high quality regional public transit system that is well integrated with other ways of getting around.