Connect Hampton Roads

Connect Hampton Roads is an effort to shape a new plan to support economic prosperity for the communities across Hampton Roads by improving regional mobility. We believe it will have the potential to transform how we connect people and places across the region, providing access to jobs, education and other opportunities. Economic prosperity and the quality of life in Hampton Roads is linked directly to the quality of our transportation system. An improved system includes not only better roads, bridges and tunnels, but convenient bus services with customer amenities such as new park and ride locations, more shelters, expanded light rail and ferry service, and new bike and pedestrian pathways.

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Six Pillars to Improve Regional Mobility

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Share a lunch hour with the CHR team to discuss what’s next to plan – and achieve – better regional mobility in Hampton Roads.

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Out of nearly 14,000 participants

Key findings
Preventing factors:

On a Scale of 1 to 100, How important to you is it that the following public transit services or options are provided?

Survey scale 1 = not at all important; 100 = extremely important.

Impact and Priorities:

How much of an impact do you believe an improved public transit system would have on local economic growth?

Average Score of 82.6 out of 100

Survey scale 1 = not at all important; 100 = extremely important.

What prevents you from using public transit at all or more often?

Percentages reflect the percentage of survey responses that selected these factors.

Each survey could contain multiple factors.

Responses by zip code (home)

Map: Responses by zip code (home)

Responses by zip code (work)

Map: Responses by zip code (work)

What's Next?

The Six Pillars to Connect Hampton Roads

We’ll take the survey results and apply them to these basic transit concepts

1. Enhanced Bus Service
Expand the fixed-route bus network to provide comprehensive geographic coverage with frequent service and a consistent service day. Develop community-based service plans that are designed to meet local needs that are currently not met by traditional HRT fixed-route services.

2. Fixed Guideway Investments
Develop and connect new corridors to the entire region with modes such as light rail, bus rapid transit, expanded ferry routes and bus/HOV lanes on the interstates.

3. Park and Rides
Establish a comprehensive network of safe, well designed park and rides throughout the HRT service area that offer free parking for customers who want to use transit but have no place to leave a car behind.

4. Transit / Passenger facilities and amenities
Invest in passenger amenities that provide clean, safe and comfortable waiting areas at bus stops with reliable “real time” passenger information.

5. Complementary Transportation investments that link to transit
Existing transit services do not adequately move customers beyond the bus stop. This “first mile, last mile” concept means we'll look at bus stops, bicycles, park and ride lots, sidewalks and curbs with an eye toward greater accessibility. Also, transit support services such as bike and care share services will create mobility hubs that promote greater transit use.

6. Transit service facilities, rolling stock, and security and information technology
Invest in the necessary infrastructure and facilities to support and enlarge the transit fleet.

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