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. 

HRT OnDemand - Microtransit Pilot Program Servicing the Bayside Area
HRT launched a microtransit rideshare program called HRT OnDemand on July 10 servicing the general Bayside areaFares are $2 per ride with transit being scheduled from a smartphone app. Once a ride is entered with pickup and drop-off locations, the system will provide ride options for time and location. Riders are directed to a nearby “virtual bus stop,” located within a short distance and a driver is dispatched to meet them at that location. Customers will be picked up in a van displaying the HRT logo and rideshare brand. Rides are shared by users. Passengers will have a seat based on availability.  Riders who select the option for a "wheelchair accessible vehicle" will be provided door-to-door service.

Service hours are from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. The pilot program will run for six months. 

Users can enjoy free rides through July 24. Beginning July 25, the cost is just $2 per ride.  Students with a Student Freedom Pass and paratransit-certified users ride free throughout the program’s duration. 

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.

HRT Service Alert: Route 34 - Atlantic & 18th Stop Service Adjustment
Effective Saturday, July 16Due to excessive nightly weekend traffic at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Route 34 will no longer service stop 5792 Atlantic & 18th after 7 p.m. beginning Saturday, July 16. A temporary bus stop will be placed on Pacific Avenue (between 18th and 19th streets, behind the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church).