Transportation Planning

The City of Virginia Beach Master Transportation Plan (MTP) envisions the future of a multimodal local and regional transportation network. 

In accordance with the Code of Virginia §15.2-2223, the MTP is a mandatory comprehensive planning assessment of existing conditions with consideration of future trends and needs. This plan must consider designation of transportation infrastructure needs, contain maps showing road and transportation improvements, and be in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP).

Primary Transportation Goals for Virginia Beach:
    • Following the Complete Streets philosophy of designing roadways considering the needs for all users and modes in an attractive and environmentally sustainable manner.
    • Promoting walkable, transit supportive, mixed-use neighborhoods in the Strategic Growth Areas (SGAs).
    • Preserving and meeting the transportation needs of the City’s Suburban Area and Rural Area south of the Green Line by concentrating the majority of future development in the SGAs.
    • Prioritize transportation improvements to achieve the greatest benefits due to the magnitude of the transportation needs throughout the City.

A key component of the Master Transportation Plan is the Primary Roadway Network Plan Map, this map is a key planning tool for the development of the City’s street network. The map was developed in conjunction with current specifications and standards used by the City’s Public Works Department. The Primary Network Plan Map identifies the general road corridor locations, classification, and the ultimate proposed motor vehicular lane number and general configuration.

Public Transportation

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) is the public transit provider for the City of Virginia Beach. Many regionally connected bus routes run throughout the City to get citizens to and from popular spots, such as Town Center, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, and the Municipal Center.  The City is served by three major route types – Fixed Regular Routes, MAX Express Routes, and Seasonal Bus Routes. Paratransit demand-response service is also provided along its fixed-route services.

Explore the Public Transportation StoryMap to view the City's HRT bus route network, bus stops, and paratransit service. The StoryMap also explores the City's Bus Shelter Improvement Program and Transit Dependent Populations. 

Bus Shelter Improvement Program
In 2016, only 5% of the 500+ bus stops in Virginia Beach have shelters. However, in 2016-2017, City Council approved $668,000 to build 24 new bus shelters, doubling the number of shelters throughout the 
City. ​Regional funding in 2021 is also scheduled to add another nearly $400,000 toward bus stop improvements such as service amenities, including more new shelters. Explore the Public Transportation StoryMap to see which bus stops are currently planned for improvements.