Friday, January 27, 2023

Hampton Roads Transit set to resume normal operations; ferry remains on winter schedule

(WYDaily/Courtesy Hampton Roads Transit)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy Hampton Roads Transit)

Hampton Roads Transit will resume normal bus and light rail service starting June 14, but efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 will continue.

Some seats on buses and light rail trains will continue to remain off limits for customers for the foreseeable future to encourage social distancing, according to a news release from HRT.

Riders 10 years and older are required to wear a face covering “when entering, exiting, traveling through, or occupying public transit centers and vehicles.”

HRT officials said a scarf, a bandana, or a medical-type mask are all acceptable.

Service on the Elizabeth River Ferry will remain on a winter schedule in response to sharp declines in boardings, the on-going temporary closure of Waterside District, and the suspension of Harborfest 2020.

Fare collection for all services will remain suspended. Customers are encouraged to continue boarding and alighting buses from the rear, while customers who need assistance, such as those who use wheelchairs, can still use the front of the bus.

HRT will begin collecting fares again on July 1. All customers are encouraged to use transit only for essential purposes.

Paratransit services will operate as normal.

In response to the growing pandemic, HRT implemented an Essential Service Plan on March 31 that provided a limited number of bus routes to serve major activity centers on the north and south sides. All routes were operating on 60-minute headways, according to the news release.

For more information on transit services visit gohrt.com.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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