Luxury Motor Coach Business to Offer Service from Town Center to Washington, D.C., Starting this Spring

The Rapid Overland Xpress, also known as The ROX, received grant.

The Virginia Beach Development Authority has awarded Rapid Overland Xpress (The ROX)​, a new luxury motor coach service provider, an Economic Development Incentive Program grant (EDIP) of $110,000.

The ROX will begin offering service between Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., with two daily nonstop round trips from Westin Town Center to Pentagon City. The ROX will feature 22 luxury first-class seats and amenities such as an onboard attendant/concierge, free and ample luggage space, onboard meals and snacks, free media streaming and Wi-Fi services, phone charging stations at every seat and ample seat and legroom.

"Adding a transportation service of this quality between Virginia Beach and Washington is a tremendous benefit for residents and visitors alike, starting with not having to drive on I-95 or find a place to park," said Economic Development Director Taylor Adams. "The ROX allows greater access and increased convenience."

The 26-year-old EDIP program is designed to help qualifying companies with their growth needs. Economic Development Department staff work with potential award seekers to evaluate a business' potential to qualify for an award and the VBDA administers the program. Awards are not guaranteed and eligibility is based on a number of factors, from the amount of capital investment and/or job creation over a 36-month period to whether the company will locate in the APZ-1 area or is among the City's target industry sectors.

Rapid Overland Xpress plans to add 50 new jobs with average salaries, exclusive of benefits, of $50,000. The award of the EDIP grant was based on the company's capital investment of $3,275,000 and the job creation.  The company’s offices and vehicle storage will be located in a 5600-jsquare -foot. facility at 1140 Loretta Lane in the APZ-1 zone (Accident Potential Zone-1 around Naval Air Station Oceana).

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