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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Tanya Canty: A few years back, I was in a car accident. Although no one was seriously injured (I blacked out), the accident left me so severely ‘shook’, that I no longer wanted to drive.
I knew I had to get to work, to the grocery store, the bank, to the salon, the laundry-mat, the bingo hall, to school, etc. I also knew that I was too afraid to get behind the wheel of another vehicle. I have no family in the area, so having a family member take me to and fro was impossible. I refused to ask co-workers because I don’t care how many times someone will say, ‘you know I don’t mind’…, you begin to feel like a burden. Taxicabs were far too expensive. So what did I do? I Google searched Hampton Roads Bus Schedule which led me to the website for Hampton Roads Transit 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.