Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study
Hampton Roads Transit and the City of Norfolk are in the early phases of the corridor planning process for a possible high capacity transit extension to Naval Station Norfolk. The work will define potential routes and transit modes in Norfolk that will link The Tide light rail system with the Navy base.
This corridor study has three planning phases. We have held public workshops intended to generate community involvement and allow citizens to freely express their ideas. The first workshops were held last June when the public identified six “themes” that may be used as a foundation for the project’s “purpose and need.”
The second set of workshops in September helped define, also in broad terms, key points of interest in Norfolk and possible corridors linking them to The Tide. Using string and push pins, citizens worked together to identify corridors connecting key destinations. The work produced corridor maps you can see here: Alignment Concepts – maps Keep in mind the maps represent concepts only, not proposed transit routes.
During our third phase and accompanying workshops we asked participants to pick a preferred alignment as a means to narrow the possible choices. Again, no final alignment has been selected. But as the overall process proceeds, routes that are “fatally flawed,” for example routes requiring unreasonable feats of engineering or causing too much environmental damage, will be eliminated.
Public turnout has been strong and support is growing for this project. Citizens from across the region shared ideas and suggestions with the study team. Those ideas were captured and are part of the permanent record. HRT is actively seeking funds to begin a critical new phase of this project – the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. If funded, this study will help clearly identify the potential routes and any environmental, cultural or social concerns that would be associated with a major project of this type.
Meanwhile, if you missed the recent workshops, you can still comment. Our public comment page - located here - will allow you to comment directly to the study managers. Open City Hall, a service sponsored by the City of Norfolk, is another and we think pretty cool option because it allows comments to be read and shared by other citizens. Click on the link below to see how. Finally, to receive regular updates on the study, click here to sign up.
There are links below to all of the workshops. The YouTube link shows the June presentation. The project’s first two newsletters are listed below as well.
Letters of Support
- NSNTES September Public Meetings Presentation
- Meeting Summary Report – September 2013
- NSNTES June Public Meetings Presentation 6-12-13
Contact our study managers
Transit Development Officer
Hampton Roads Transit
509 E. 18th St.
Norfolk, VA 23504
757-222-6000 ex. 6699
Long Range Planning Manager
City of Norfolk
Department of Planning
810 Union St., Room 508
Norfolk, VA 23510