Transit Planning

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​BusAndLRT IN TEXT 275pxW.jpgHampton Roads Transit (HRT) is the public transportation provider for the region and provides a variety of transportation services thoughout the City of Virginia Beach.  The Fixed-Route Bus Service in Virignia Beach consists of several bus routes operating seven days a week servicing the City as far south as the municipal center. 

HRT also provides seasonal bus service via the VB Wave shuttles.  The VB Wave shuttles operate from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend are an easy way to get around the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

  • Atlantic Avenue Shuttle - Route 30 transports passengers up and down Atlantic Avenue to the many restaurants and oceanfront attractions with service running every 15 minutes.
  • Aquarium and Campground Shuttle - Route 31 transports passengers from the Rudee Loop to the Virginia Aquarium, campgrounds, and parks located along General Booth Boulevard with service running about every 20 minutes.
  • Bayfront Shuttle - Route 35 connects the Bayfront to the Oceanfront by providing transit service from Shore Drive down to the Rudee Loop and makes stops along the way at First Landing State Park and the North End with service about every 45 minutes.

 Bus Shelter Improvements Program

In 2016, only 5 percent of the more than 500 bus stops in Virginia Beach have shelters. But that is changing. The City Council approved $668,000 to build 24 new bus shelters in 2016 and 2017 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 in Virginia Beach, including even more new shelters.

 Transit Strategic Plan

The Transit Strategic Plan (TSP) is a blueprint for implementing better transit, over a 10-year horizon, across the region's core area that is served by Hampton Roads Transit (HRT).  This plan includes modifications to the current transit network in the City of Virginia Beach from 2022 to 2030 to improve the City's transportation network, which helps to improve the regional transit network as a whole.

In addition to documenting phased improvements based on traditional funding sources and other constraints, Chapter 6 of the TSP documents the new Hampton Roads Regional Transit Program as required by legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2020.  Resulting from the creation of the Hampton Roads Regional Transit Fund (HRRTF) from Senate Bill 1038 and House Bill 1726, this program will be funded by:

  • a regional grantor's tax at a rate of $0.06 per $100 of the purchase price or fair market value of a property
  • a regional transient occupancy tax at a rate of one percent of the charge for the occupancy in hotels, motels, boarding houses, travel campgrounds, and other facilities offering guest rooms rented out for continouous occupancy for fewer than 30 consecutive days

 Comprehensive Plan

  • Transit Documents​ within the Master Transportation Plan section of the Comprehensive Plan
    • All four maps show the existing HRT bus routes (2015) and specific transit dependent uses which include; adult day care, assisted living facilities, dialysis centers, human service buildings, libraries, nursing homes, and senior housing facilities.​
    • Figure 4 – Carless Transit Focus areas (Census tracts with 1.5 times the City average of households without a car)
    • Figure 5 – Elderly Transit Focus areas (Census tracts with 1.5 times the City average of its population over the age of 65)
    • Figure 6 – Poverty Transit Focus areas (Census tracts with 1.5 times the City average of its population below the federal defined poverty level)
    • Figure 7 – Shows the HRT paratransit service area based on a ¾ mile radius from existing fixed route service (please note that paratransit service is only available during the daily duration of fixed route service).

 Transit Planning Presentations

Connect Hampton Roads

Booking a Ride with the HRT Paratransit App

Hampton Roads Transit - How to Ride a Bus