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  • #90437

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    Ride The Tide of Light Rail, Virginia Beach

    Bradley Heard | Greater Greater Washington

    Feb 21st, 2012

    Just six months after opening, Virginia’s first light rail transit system, located in Norfolk, is already exceeding ridership expectations. Now it’s time for the Commonwealth’s largest city, Virginia Beach, to hop aboard and extend the light rail all the way to the Atlantic oceanfront.

    Dubbed “The Tide,” South Hampton Roads’ light rail system made its debut in Norfolk on August 19, 2011. The initial $338 million segment, operated by the regional transit agency, Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), is 7.4 miles, has 11 stops and is currently located only within Norfolk’s city limits.

    The system connects Norfolk State University, the downtown central business district, Harbor Park (a minor league baseball stadium) and the region’s premier medical center complex, including Eastern Virginia Medical School, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

    Initial weekday ridership during the first year was projected to be only 2,900. However, the six-month data shows that those early projections have been blown away. About 4,642 people ride The Tide during an average weekday. An even higher number—4,850—use the system on Saturdays, with 2,099 usually riding on Sundays.

    READ MORE: http://americancity.org/buzz/entry/3372/

    #482818

    EnglishAlex
    Member

    We need this in Columbus!

    #482819

    wpcc88
    Participant

    fwiw people in Austin(drivers especially) dislike their light rail system..

    #482820
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Norfolk, Virginia:
    Population: 242,803
    Density: 4,363/sq mi
    Metro Area: 1,672,319

    Columbus, Ohio:
    Population: 787,033
    Density: 3,556/sq mi
    Metro Area:1,836,536

    We’re a much larger city, slightly less dense, and a slightly larger metro area.

    Just sayin’.

    #482821
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    wpcc88 said:
    fwiw people in Austin(drivers especially) dislike their light rail system..

    Do you speak for all people in Austin? Or did you take a survey?

    PS: This discussion is about Norfolk. Austin can be found over here:

    Austin Streetcar, Rail and BRT – News & Updates

    #482822

    Pickerington_Kyle
    Participant

    yea, I want to know why people don’t like their light rail in Austin.

    #482823

    Pickerington_Kyle
    Participant

    so, the Norfolk light rail is averaging 30,159 riders a week. Whats the static’s on COTA riders a week?

    #482824

    bman
    Participant

    Walker said:
    Do you speak for all people in Austin? Or did you take a survey?

    PS: This discussion is about Norfolk. Austin can be found over here:

    Austin Streetcar, Rail and BRT – News & Updates

    You realize often you and a few others act like you speak for all central Ohio.

    #482825
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    bman said:
    You realize often you and a few others act like you speak for all central Ohio.

    Any opinions I express are my own. I don’t believe I’ve ever made any blanket statements about what all people in Columbus universally like, dislike, support, don’t support, etc. We’re a diverse city with diverse opinions. There’s nothing I can think of that’s unanimous here. Not even the love for OSU football. ;)

    #482826
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    Pickerington_Kyle said:
    so, the Norfolk light rail is averaging 30,159 riders a week. Whats the static’s on COTA riders a week?

    There were 1.6 million rides in on COTA September 2011. That averages out to about 53,350 rides per day or around 400,000 per week. Granted the ridership is much likely much higher M-F because of higher levels of service.

    Edit: I believe that the article said there were around 4,500 riders per day on the Tide.

    #482827
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Pickerington_Kyle said:
    so, the Norfolk light rail is averaging 30,159 riders a week. Whats the static’s on COTA riders a week?

    While Josh provided the stats, I don’t think the two are comparable at all. A single light rail line and a regional bus system with dozens and dozens of lines/routes is pretty much apples and oranges.

    #482828

    Pickerington_Kyle
    Participant

    53,350 is a lot of riders. I agree with you Walker, there’s hundreds of buses daily, unlike 1 major rail line, but if we could have 6-8 rail lines going in every major direction, I could see about 20,000 riders a day? maybe? I have no statics to prove, im just out on a limb.

    #482829

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    A Bipartisan Push for Rail in Virginia Produces Ridership Successes
    Yonah Freemark
    June 18th, 2012

    Despite the significant opposition to investment in intercity rail from Republican governors in states from Ohio to Florida, Virginia’s GOP leadership has taken a considerably different course. In office since January 2010, Bob McDonnell has presided over a significant expansion in Amtrak routes — and more is expected by the end of this year. In the meantime, the state’s population has gobbled up the service offered, seeing very significant increases in ridership, offering considerable evidence that Americans are perfectly willing to take the train — if the right routes are provided.

    READ MORE: http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2012/06/18/a-bipartisan-push-for-rail-in-virginia-produces-ridership-successes/

    #482830

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    HRT: Light rail through Hilltop would cost $1.3B
    By John Holland
    The Virginian-Pilot
    January 15, 2014

    Bringing a light-rail route to the Hilltop area would draw more commuters and tourists than earlier options but would cost nearly $300 million more and disrupt twice as many homeowners and businesses, project leaders said Tuesday.

    READ MORE: http://hamptonroads.com/2014/01/hrt-light-rail-through-hilltop-would-cost-13b

    #1079372

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    Norfolk credits light rail with downtown development
    By Dave Forster
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © May 5, 2015

    In the public debate over bringing light rail to Virginia Beach, a primary point of contention is how extending The Tide to Town Center or farther will or won’t shape and spur economic development.

    READ MORE: http://hamptonroads.com/2015/05/norfolk-credits-light-rail-downtown-development

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