I’m BACK and I finally got to Ride the Tide for the first time. I come from riding Sound Transit Link Light Rail, so I do have expectations of what service should be and what should not be done. So far, it’s a start (but that was the plan all along: The Tide is the start of something bigger).
People who use it, are happily using it, and I’m seeing plenty of bus-train connections being made at Newtown Station (I personally did bus to train connections at these stations: Military Hwy, Newtown, Ft Norfolk/EVMC, Monticello*, and MacArthur Square*).
The ride was rather smooth as promised, and does make the commute much faster. What used to be a 90 minute bus ride from TCC Virginia Beach is now a 20 minute bus ride to Newtown Station + a 20 minute train ride into Downtown Norfolk (MacArthur Square Station). I used to have to be on the 5:15 PM bus to get home on the last bus, but now I can stay until the 8:52 PM train from Downtown. Yes, a vast improvement. I am glad to be home 🙂
* Officially, buses don’t connect here, but they are close enough to Route 17. MacArthur Square could use a bus stop on City Hall Ave for several routes that go right past.