Old Fashioned Trolleys Return to Oceanfront as City Dedicates New Trolleys and Rudee Inlet Connector Walk, Wednesday, June 3rd

Friday, May 29, 2015

Traditional Oceanfront trolleys officially return to Virginia Beach on Wednesday, June 3, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. that also marks the official opening of the Rudee Inlet Connector Walk, a pedestrian-focused path connecting the boardwalk to the marina and businesses at Rudee Inlet. 

Fourteen traditional-looking trolleys will eventually carry tourists and locals along Atlantic Avenue as part of the VB Wave system, a seasonal service of three local routes serving the Oceanfront. The event will show off two of the new trolleys. The remaining 12 will arrive as construction is completed this spring and summer. They were built in Wisconsin by Hometown Trolley. 

“We are thrilled to share with the public the return of traditional trolleys to the Oceanfront,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “The trolley network is an important part of the region’s public transit network and of vital importance to the resort tourism business. And besides, they’re just a lot of fun to ride.” 

Each trolley, which operates on diesel fuel, costs about $431,500 each. The new equipment costs about $6.1 million. They were purchased by the City of Virginia Beach and the Commonwealth of Virginia and will be operated by Hampton Roads Transit.. 

The Rudee Connector Walk project includes a 10-foot wide 1,600 foot concrete walkway constructed from Winston Salem Avenue running under the Rudee Inlet Bridge, to the 4th Street parking lot. Completed in fall 2014, this project has improved the mobility and safety of pedestrians and cyclists by providing a lighted, direct linkage from the Marina district to the Oceanfront.  

The project also provides infrastructure improvement for a future water taxi launch to serve Rudee Inlet, complements the recent bus stop improvements for Rudee Loop, and optimizes usage of the 4 th Street parking lot. 

For more information about regional transit services, visit gohrt.com or for more information on the Rudee Inlet Connector Walk project, visit http://www.vbgov.com/rudeewalk.

 

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