I went to Williamsburg again yesterday and here’s my report:
Williamsburg Area Transit Authority launched a new pass program at the beginning of this year and for me, my trips here and there mean my best value is $2 for an All Day Pass. Drivers just had a staff meeting the other day about making time points and, as I was on Orange Line (Train Station / Tam-0-Shanter / Best Buy / Water Country Back Entrance), we sat for several minutes at a couple of points to wait for it to be time to go.
Several of the operators I spoke with were curious about the GoPass365, which I use on my travels, and I explained that basically it’s HRT’s equivalent of showing a WATA operator your Thomas Nelson or William & Mary ID.
Now, my big big gripe: HRT Route 121 (NNTC / Patrick Henry Mall / Train Station:
There is but one single round trip in the morning, and one single round trip in the afternoon. I boarded the 5 PM trip from WATA Station to head home, and get this
- We left 7 minutes early (4:53 PM instead of the correct 5 PM)
- We left before all WATA buses arrived
Of course I blasted an email off to HRT because I can easily see the run being more popular if it would just wait for the 5 PM WATA lineup and people knew they could depend on the 121 waiting for them.
Passenger count for Route 121:
- 7 on at WATA Station
- 2 off / 8 on at Patrick Henry Mall
Bear in mind that there could’ve been more if the bus simply waited for it’s schedule and allowed all WATA buses to arrive
Apparently HRT is going to try the #7 Shitty Grove-Airport again
Major stops along the route:
- Shitty Grove Parking Lot
- Civic Plaza Station
- Tidewater Dr & Noreview Ave
- Five Points
- ORF Airport
Route 7 Schedule, Daily 5 AM to 11:47 PM every hour.
Service begins Sunday, Feb 5th. Here’s hoping HRT doesn’t get ahead of themselves again.
Yep: Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth are covered. Now, let’s Cross The Harbor 🙂
Anyone from the Peninsula able to help me?
Last week, I sent an email inviting HRT planning as well as operations staff to come ride the #47 High Street with me to see what I have to put up with getting to ODU Tri Cities campus.
One of the operations big wigs down at 18th Street – along with a couple of staff members – happily took advantage of the offer to “escape the office” and learn the route better. Here’s what I had in mind for the 47: County & Court to Village & Academy: Route 47 High Street, marked as such, and make no changes, except as planned with the Service Efficiencies Study.
Village & Academy to Lakeview Industrial Park in Suffolk: I can see major (for the better) changes happening. This is what I would like to see happen:
- As the bus is coming into Suffolk, hang a left onto Prices Fork Blvd
- At the Traffic Circle where Prices Fork & University Blvd meet, swing around to University – making a right. Somewhere safe there, plant a bus shelter for both directions. NOTE: buses CAN NOT fit down University Blvd towards the Tri Cities building, so these shelters would be where you get on and off for Tri Cities
- Continue down University Blvd and hang a RIGHT onto College Drive
- Regular Route from there to Walmart
I start class at ODU’s Tri-Cities building for Spring Semester (it is a TCC class that is hosted on ODU property), so today, I took the bus there to gage the travel time
- It is 2.5 hours away, including a ride on Route 800
- My biggest complaint would be the lack of an inbound bus stop at Town Point Rd & Prices Fork Blvd on Route 47
- The 47 should be rerouted down Prices Fork to University to College to serve the facility (sort of like taking the 14 to Grassfields Walmart)
Those of you who know me: I am not looking forward to riding the 25 from TCC 😦
So seeing all the commentary on HRT’s Facebook page, there are several questions about new Route 43. I’m going to ride it tomorrow and will change any answers as needed, but for now, a list of frequently asked questions:
I have it from HRT staff that when the 36 gets rerouted to serve Buckner Blvd, new stops will be added:
- Buckner & Croft’s Pride
- Buckner & Purebred
I also requested a stop at Buckner & Competitor, and will update as I get word. Competitor Court is where the South Rosemont Public Library is.
HRT has plans to tweak The MAX. I don’t agree with some of them.
It’s that time of year again for the City of Virginia Beach to look at and vote on its new budget for the new Fiscal Year.
I must remind the City that currently, it is impossible to do anything at night unless you’re lucky enough to be on Virginia Beach Blvd. City Council: please remember that when you cast your votes: bus service needs to run later (say, 10:45 PM from TCC – that’s roughly where I live – and it needs to be 7 days a week).
Feeding The Tide (click to enlarge)
As The Tide Light Rail comes ever closer to completion, it’s time to start thinking about making bus connections to feed into the trains. A long time ago (back when this site was still on Blogger/BlogSpot), I had a couple of posts called Feeding the Tide. Here’s the latest update with what I know as of posting date. Suggestions are based around stations: