HRT TRAC Meeting

Getting Started

Last week, HRT’s Transit Riders Advisory Committee met at the 15th Street boardroom.  As usual, I was kicked to the visitor seating area.

Everyone introduced themselves – even me (as the bus route expert), then down to business.  The minutes from the October meeting were missing in action, so delay in voting to approve those minutes.

Comment from the Co-Chairs

Judith

  • Judith attended each public hearing – except Suffolk
  • The TDCHR (governing board of HRT) meets every fourth Thursday
  • Route issues discussed

Lee

  • Rosetta, the Hampton rep, can no longer attend.  Time for a new Hampton rep
  • Service reports were distributed, and the difference between Service Reports and Customer Assistance Forms were discussed
  • Went over TRAC Guidelines

More Business

TRAC was told that the Service Efficiencies Study Part 1: The Reductions are happening January 22nd.  Service Efficiencies Study Part 2: The Additions (NIGHT BUS SERVICE!!!!) will be discussed later, with a possible timeframe of adding them in around May or June of THIS YEAR

Shitty Grove Parking Lot Relocation

THIS IS THE BEST THING FOR US BUS RIDERS!!!! Shitty Grove relocation is FINALLY starting to proceed.  This is a City of Norfolk led project and they are in the first steps of the process.  Due to limited budgets, this has to be on City-owned land.  Requirements: lights.  BATHROOMS for OPERATORS AND PASSENGERS!!!!!!!!!

I will have much more details come March

Night & Sunday Service in Portsmouth: Coming Soon

As part of a commitment to “ease the pain” of tolls at the Tunnel, the following routes will see substantial additional service:

  • Route 44 Turnpike Rd
  • Route 45 Portsmouth Blvd
  • Route 47 High Street
  • Route 90 River Ferry

The money will be on top of – not instead of – money contributed now by the City of Portsmouth.  By signed contract, this will be at minimum for the length of the tunnel operation license (which is currently 50 years).  Although not yet set in stone, these routes will have service 7 days a week with 15 minute frequency at peak and will run until around 10 or 11 PM (the 45 will continue to run until 12-1 AM as it does today).  Portsmouth, YOU ARE GETTING SUNDAY SERVICE!!

Route 7 Airport: What Went Wrong

Long story short: the Airport Authority started crying like little babies at the very, very last minute.  When I say last minute, I mean “crews were in trucks taking bus stop signs to the airport” last minute.

They were scared they would lose parking revenue.  You know?  Every other airport has bus service.  The big ones even have train service.  Do they complain?  Nope.  GROW UP NORFOLK AIRPORT AUTHORITY.  EITHER YOU SAY “OK” TO HRT OR I WILL FILE AN ADA VIOLATION COMPLAINT.

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