Norfolk Light Rail Transit Project
The Tide - Norfolk's future Light Rail Transit System is a $232 million project proposed to extent 7.4 miles from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center through downtown Norfolk, and continuing along the Norfolk Southern Right of Way, adjacent to the I-264 corridor to Newtown Road. The project sponsor is Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), the region's sole transit provider.
Eleven stations will be constructed along the route with three park & ride locations that provide access to major areas such as Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College (Norfolk Campus), Harbor Park, City Hall, MacArthur Center, and the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The system, a combination of city streets and an existing rail corridor purchased from Norfolk Southern, will carry approximately 11,500 people per day.
About 56% of the project capital costs are expected to be paid with federal funds; the remainder will be paid by state and local funding. HRT is currently in the Final Design phase, the last phase prior to construction. HRT expects to receive an agreement by the federal government for its share of the project costs by late summer 2007. Construction on the rail system is expected to begin in fall 2007 and be fully operational by early 2010.
Hampton Roads Transit believes that The Tide is the beginning of what will eventually become a regional light rail system in Hampton Roads. Click here for more information on The Tide.