Welcome to Hampton Roads! We hope you enjoyed your flight to Norfolk International Airport! Now, guess what? You now have to walk a mile to the nearest bus stop!
How do other cities do it? This is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington (about 30 minutes by train from Downtown Seattle). You can get buses and trains easily. The sign is even back-lit to be easier to read.
How do we do it here in Norfolk? Ah, welcome traveler. The nearest bus stop is for the #15 CROSSTOWN and it is located at Military Hwy & Norview Ave (here’s walking directions)
Now why, do you ask, is it so?
Simple answer really: The Norfolk Airport Authority is in the pocket of the taxi companies
Here’s what I would do if we could run buses to the airport: (available below the fold)
As part of the opening of The Tide light rail, MAX 960 (the Downtown Norfolk-Silverleaf-Oceanfront Express) is slated to be trimmed to run from the Oceanfront to Newtown Tide Station. Here’s what I would do once the bus leaves the Tide station:
- Head back up Newtown and jump onto I-264 West
- Take the exit onto I-64 West
- Take the ORF Airport (first Noreview Ave/VA-247) exit
- Offer a bus stop at Noreview Ave & Military Hwy (no, it could not be timed to meet the 15)
- Offer a bus stop at the Airport (I don’t care which building if both can’t be served)
Coming back to the Tide station
- From the ORF Airport bus stop, head back down Noreview
- Offer a bus stop at Noreview Ave & Military Hwy
- Jump back on the interstate, head back to Newtown Station
How many buses would this require? (for the entire Oceanfront-Airport route)
- Service every 60 minutes: 2 buses
- Service every 30 minutes: 4 buses
Think about it, to promote tourism:
- The 960 will pick up at the airport
- You can be dropped off at the Newtown Station and hop on light rail to Downtown Norfolk
- Stay on the 960 and you can be taken to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront (and be one block from the Atlantic Ave shuttle which will take you straight to your hotel). The 960 should also stop at Town Center (which is what the City of Virginia Beach wants as well)